David Ross was introduced as the manager of the Chicago Cubs on Monday. What can we take away from the press conference? Here are three things.
For the past month, Chicago Cubs fans have been bitterly divided over who the next manager should be. David Ross was at the center of that debate; some thought that he would bring back what’s been missing from this team over the past three years, while others thought he was “too close” to the players and didn’t bring the experience needed to succeed.
On Monday, the Cubs formally introduced Ross as the 55th manager in Cubs history. Though the speculation is over, the debate over whether he’s the right man for the job will continue. Indeed, Ross has a lot to prove.
He’s replacing Joe Maddon, the man who led Chicago to its first World Series title in more than a century. The three-time Manager of the Year presided over one of the most successful stretches in team history. In Ross, the Cubs opted to go with what they knew – based on longstanding relationships he had with people in the front office.
So, what can we take away from this press conference? Here are at least three things: