Chicago Cubs: Why David Ross not the right choice for manager

Former Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross visits with manager Joe Maddon, right, during batting practice before action against the Washington Nationals in Game 2 of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., on October 7, 2017. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
Former Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross visits with manager Joe Maddon, right, during batting practice before action against the Washington Nationals in Game 2 of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., on October 7, 2017. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images) /
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The Chicago Cubs are reportedly signing David Ross to be their next skipper, but they are making the wrong decision and here’s why.

The Chicago Cubs let go of Joe Maddon after their disappointing season that ended in watching the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate a division win.

The Cubs are now trying to do what the Cardinals did, and they believe that the person to lead that is former Cub backstop, David Ross.

The final candidates to be Cubs manager were Ross and Astros bench coach Joe Espada.

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I understand that Cubs fans will love the hire because they are emotionally attached to David Ross, as he rode off into the sunset after winning Game 7 of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians.

But the fact of the matter is that the Chicago Cubs were looking for a person who was going to be more strict and not be so relaxed like their most recent manager Joe Maddon was.

And I don’t believe that David Ross is the guy to do that. He is best friends with a lot of guys in there so will he actually be harsh to his former teammates when the team isn’t playing well? I don’t know.

Now, the other candidate was Joe Espada as I mentioned. He is the bench coach of the Houston Astros, who are in the World Series right now.

So, after the World Series, he would have World Series coaching experience in addition to learning from masterminds of the game like A.J. Hinch and Brent Strom.

The Astros’ last bench coach to be named manager was Alex Cora.

What did he do in his first year at the helm at Fenway Park?

He won a World Series. And so Theo Epstein is saying that Joe Espada wouldn’t be able to do that?

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I think he is wrong about that, and I just don’t see David Ross replacing Joe Maddon successfully.