David Ross has reportedly been linked to the potential Chicago Cubs managerial vacancy this offseason. But would hiring the fan favorite be a good idea?
David Ross is a Chicago Cubs legend. Though he was only with the team for two years and served as the backup catcher, his ability to be a leader and a mentor, especially to the Cubs’ young core of talent, endeared him to fans. He since has been working for ESPN, though even before he retired many people mentioned him as a candidate to manage in the big leagues someday.
With current Cubs manager Joe Maddon‘s contract expiring and his future with the team uncertain, given their less than inspiring play for much of the past two years, rumors have naturally come up that David Ross might be the Cubs’ manager next year. But how likely is that? And is it even a good idea?
Before we get too carried away with the David Ross rumors, let’s not forget that Maddon is still the manager of this team and will be through the end of this season. Let’s also not forget that the Cubs dropped another manager who was doing a decent job (Rick Renteria) after just one year to get Maddon. Of course, he’s gone on to lead them to four-straight playoff appearances and a World Series title. Dumping him after this season, even if we agree that the team has underperformed the last two years, would be a difficult decision.