David Ross will be the successor to Joe Maddon as the next Cubs skipper, per David Kaplan and Jesse Rogers. The Joe Maddon tenure ended after the Cubs fell apart down the stretch this year, and missed the playoffs despite an overwhelming load of young talent. That being said, Maddon’s time with the Cubs was far from a disappointment.
Specifically, he ended the Cubs’ 108-year World Series drought in 2016 by defeating Cleveland in 7 games. The following years were somewhat of a disappointment, as the Cubs kept underperforming their expectations, with 2019 being the straw that broke the camel’s back. David Ross is a manager similar to a lot of the younger managers in the league right now (Alex Cora, Craig Counsell, Rocco Baldelli, Aaron Boone, etc.). This usually spells team success, as all of those names mentioned have made the playoffs in either 2018 or 2019. Joe Maddon, on the other hand, lands on his feet, as he is the next manager of the Angels. Ross will hope to lead the Cubs back to the playoffs and perhaps further in 2020 and perhaps beyond.
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