If you’ve been living under a rock, David Ross was a part of the 2016 World Series-winning Cubs’ team, playing a key part both on the field and in the clubhouse. Ross was affectionately known by Cubs’ players and Cub fans as “Grandpa Rossy” as he was the oldest player on the team at 38-years-old. He ended his pro career on a high, winning the World Series with the Chicago Cubs and being carried off the field by his teammates.
In his time since retiring, Ross has worked as an ESPN baseball analyst and a member of the Cub’s front office. Ross might be new to the experience of managing but he’s made for it. He’s not so far out from being one of the guys that he might not understand their struggles but he is also strict enough to drop the hammer if need be.
Kris Bryant talked about what it was like to have Ross in the room back in late September, saying:
“I’ve always looked at Rossy as a coach when he played here. Yeah, it was goofy, it was fun, it was energetic, but when he needed to tell you something, he let you hear it. From the very get-go, I felt like this guy will be a manager someday.” (x)
Some more players agreed with Bryant.
It’s a smart move for the Cubs. You have a guy who knows how to run this room and command respect, which is valuable when being a leader. On the other hand, you have a laidback guy that is approachable and laidback like Maddon was. This team needs an uplift after the past season and with high chances of seeing some friends hit the road, they’ll need a firm and familiar hand to guide them.
The Cubs have not released official word so we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to hear the official comment from the team.
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