David Ross gets his wish: Former Red Sox will become next Cubs manager

Rob Bradford
October 23, 2019 - 10:39 am
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David Ross explained on the Bradfo Sho podcast this week how much he wanted the job. Now he has it.

According to multiple reports, the Cubs will hire the former Red Sox catcher to become their next manager. (David Kaplan of NBC Sports Chicago was first to report the news.)

Ross, who worked in the Chicago front office while also serving as an ESPN analyst since his retirement, takes over for Joe Maddon, whose contract wasn't renewed by the Cubs and ultimately landed as the new manager for the Angels.

The 42-year-old Ross had two stints with the Red Sox, serving as a third-string catcher in 2008 before re-signing in Boston for the 2013-14 seasons. He would win a World Series with both the Red Sox (2013) and in Chicago (2016), where he spent the final two years of his playing career.

Appearing on the most recent edition of the Bradfo Sho, Ross explained how he has seen the job of a manager change since his days as a player.

"No doubt," Ross said when asked if there has been a change in the position over the past three years. "With all the information you’re having to decipher, there needs to be a lot more delegation than probably before. To be honest with you, I don’t think the newer-age managers have as much say as maybe the old-school managers (in terms of) the day-to-day operations. There’s probably a lot more collaboration with the front office and some more opinions from the research-and-development group.

"It’s extremely hard. It’s hard to keep the message fresh. It’s hard to stay positive and continue to be yourself because you’re getting it from all angles. There’s a lot of just handling and managing of people, much less the game and the baseball side of it. There’s a lot of organizational skills that are coming into play."