Chicago Cubs: Which team has made the best managerial hire so far?

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Several clubs, including the Chicago Cubs, have already wrapped up their managerial searches. Which of these teams made the best hire?

This year’s World Series could, theoretically, wrap up this weekend. Former Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez has the Washington Nationals two wins away from their first World Series championship, up two games-to-none over the powerhouse Houston Astros with the series shifting back to Washington, D.C. Friday night.

Which means we could be closing the book on the 2019 season relatively soon and turning our attention toward the 2020 campaign. Of course, the Cubs (and fans) did that weeks ago, after the team sputtered to the finish line to cap off a disappointing 84-win campaign.

In recent days, though, Chicago concluded its managerial search, announcing David Ross as the 55th manager in team history. He’ll have his hands full in 2020, as he begins the first season of his three-year contract that includes a team option for 2023.

But Ross isn’t the only new manager to be announced this week. The Philadelphia Phillies made a pretty dramatic shift in philosophy, going with the old-school Joe Girardi to replace Gabe Kapler. Of course, the first managerial hire of the winter? Former Cubs skipper Joe Maddon, who returns to the Los Angeles Angels to breathe life into an organization that hasn’t reached the postseason since 2014 – despite having the best player in the game in Mike Trout.

Given all three men’s ties to the Chicago Cubs, we’ll focus on them for the time being. Which guy is the best fit for their respective organization? Let’s take a closer look.