The Cubs are hiring David Ross as their new manager. Do you like the hire?— David Kaplan (@thekapman) October 23, 2019
Sources tell ESPN the Cubs will officially announce Ross, 42, as their manager on Thursday.
Ross helped the Cubs end their 108-year-old World Series drought in 2016. He is now replacing his former manager, Joe Maddon, who the Cubs announced would not be coming back ahead of the final game of the season.
Ross was never a superstar on the field, and served as a back-up catcher for the team. But he was one of the most popular members of the 2016 World Series team. "Grandpa Rossy," as he was known, retired after that magical season and said he was looking forward to being out of the spotlight for a bit.
Before joining the Cubs, Ross played for the Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers in his 15-year career.
Since his retirement, Ross has served as an ESPN analyst and as a Cubs special assistant. He also competed on "Dancing with the Stars," taking second place.
The news has drawn skepticism from some listeners on sports talk radio, some of whom are concerned he has no experience as a manager or that just three years removed from his playing career he is too close to some of his former teammates to transition into their boss.