David Ross of the Chicago Cubs is one of four first-time managers to debut in Major League Baseball in 2020. Who will have the most success?
A total of eight MLB teams have hired new managers this offseason, including the Chicago Cubs. Four teams hired managers who have previously been a skipper for a big-league club. Joe Girardi of the Philadelphia Phillies, Gabe Kapler of the San Francisco Giants, Mike Matheny of the Kansas City Royals, and former Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon of the Los Angeles Angels.
Meanwhile, four of the teams with vacancies decided to go with first-timers. The San Diego Padres hired Jayce Tingler, who was working for the Texas Rangers. The New York Mets went with Carlos Beltran, who was working in the New York Yankees’ front office. The Pittsburgh Pirates chose Minnesota Twins bench coach Derek Shelton.
And as we know, the Chicago Cubs selected David Ross, their former hero from the 2015 and 2016 teams, who has been working both for ESPN and the Cubs’ front office for the past three seasons. Some fans felt that the team should have hired someone with experience, as Girardi was a candidate for the position. Others felt that Ross, because of his familiarity with the organization and knowledge of the game, is the right fit at this time for the Cubs.
Each of the teams that hired a first-time manager is in a different spot regarding their readiness to contend in 2020 and beyond. However, each team, except for the Pirates, has high hopes coming into next year.
So, which first-time skipper is best set up for success in 2020 and beyond? Let’s take a look at each of the four new managers.