Chicago Cubs: David Ross has earned the players’ respect
Many fans have expressed the concern that Ross is “too close” to the players, that he is friends with them and that would, therefore, make it difficult to command respect as an official leader. It’s a legitimate concern, though it may be a simplistic way to look at his time playing for the Cubs.
Despite being against the Ross hire, I never have viewed him as this cuddly uncle type. I have always believed that he knows how to hold players accountable and has a lot to teach to this generation. Plus, being a career backup catcher, he’s had plenty of opportunities to learn from and observe many great players, coaches, and managers.
In listening to some of the comments that players have made over the years about Ross, we can tell that he’s earned these players’ respect. He is someone they will listen to and seek out for advice if necessary. His familiarity with this organization and with many of the current players is an asset he’ll bring to the Cubs’ dugout.