Three Chicago Cubs who will be hurt most by shortened schedule

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Chicago Cubs: How will this guy respond to a shortened schedule?

Speaking of the beloved new leader of the Chicago Cubs, how will David Ross fare in his first season as manager? While every manager will be scrutinized and challenged in new ways because of the circumstances of the pandemic and trying to play through this under many different circumstances and maybe even rules, how will a rookie manager react to his team, the media, and in general with everything that’s going on currently?

David Ross strikes me as a man with a plan, and a man who can adjust on the fly. That being said, these are unprecedented times. The roster may look bizarre at times, the opponents may seem strange, and the feeling will undoubtedly be very odd if the Cubs play at Wrigley (or anywhere else for that matter) without fans.  Not having any experience as a manager or even as a coach, how will this affect Ross and will it affect him differently than other managers around the league?

Will his thoughts on a more standard lineup be tested because of more inter-divisional and regional games? Will he be able to navigate a pitching staff that may have to be babied a lot more than normal because of the strange restart everyone has had to endure?

These are all legitimate questions for a guy most Cubs fans adore. With his lack of experience, it will be difficult, no matter what. Still, Ross will undoubtedly have some of the more considerable challenges amongst Cubs because he’ll be the general in the dugout now.

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With all of the possibilities and questions still up in the air, there’s hope that baseball will be played in 2020. If it is, hopefully, these three guys will be able to overcome some of the disadvantages of a shortened season amongst terrible circumstances that will most certainly present.