David Ross Speaks Out After Being Fired as Cubs Manager
Former Chicago Cubs manager David Ross has broken his silence following his recent dismissal from the team.
Exclusive Interview with Jim Henry
In an exclusive interview with Jim Henry of the Tallahassee Democrat in Florida, Ross expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to manage the Cubs despite his current emotions.
“I think the thing that comes over me is that I am extremely thankful for the opportunity, to be honest. There were a lot of people who worked really hard alongside me… I am really thankful for the four years I had, coming from zero coaching experience to getting the chance to manage such a great organization that has impacted my life in a significant way,” Ross said.
During his four seasons as manager, Ross achieved a record of 262-284 and led the team to a Central Division crown in 2020. In his final season, the Cubs finished with an 83-79 record, marking the first time they had a winning season in three years.
A Change in Direction
Although the Cubs initially indicated satisfaction with Ross’s performance, their decision changed when Craig Counsell became available. Counsell, whose contract with the Milwaukee Brewers expired, quickly became a highly sought-after free agent in the managerial market. The Cubs ultimately signed him to a five-year deal, making him the highest-paid manager in MLB history.
Cubs President of Baseball Operations Jed Hoyer, who engaged in secretive talks with Counsell, acknowledged the difficulty of parting ways with Ross.
“On behalf of the Cubs organization, we express our deep gratitude for David’s contributions to our club, both on and off the field,” Hoyer stated. “First as a player and then as a manager, David continually showcased his ability to lead. David’s legacy will be felt in Chicago for generations, and his impact on our organization will stack up with the legends that came before him.”
What’s Next for David Ross?
While Ross did not provide specific details about his future plans, he shared his mindset in the interview, which can be read on the Democrat’s website.
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