Chicago Cubs: Will a new chemistry breathe life into this group?
Ross comes in looking to bring this group back together. Some would say he was the glue of the 2016 team, so fans and players should have no problem buying into his ideas. Sure, the “Grandpa Rossy” persona that was developed by Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant may not be totally intact, as Ross will more than likely be stricter as a manager than he was a player, but the connection he has with the group should not change.
We touched on the roster holes this group has and while underachievement may be there, do not be surprised if this group plays well together. Having fun playing the game is one of the most important things in baseball that often gets overlooked. Ross instilling culture back into this clubhouse will help in more ways than not, which is crucial for the outlook of this team.
The Cubs really aren’t that far off from major success again. Plagued by errors and late bullpen blunders in 2019, the potential is there for this group and fans still need to appreciate that.
Growing up expecting disappointment from this team was the norm and no one should ever forget that. We still have a championship club and Ross is here to remind everyone that. Regardless of what happens in 2020, it will be a fun season and fans high and low should be looking forward to it.