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David Ross would not blame Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer for making a change at supervisor by hiring ex-Milwaukee Brewers skipper Craig Counsell.
“We had our dialog,” Ross informed Jim Henry of the Tallahassee Democrat about Hoyer, who traveled to Florida and spoke with the Cubs’ ex-manager in individual concerning the transfer.
“If my boss would not assume I’m an excellent supervisor, then he ought to transfer on. I do not fault him for that. If he would not assume I’m the precise man, that is his job. That is his selection. I’ve my very own ideas and opinions that I’ll maintain to myself.”
Ross, who ended his enjoying profession on the 2016 World Sequence champion Cubs, managed Chicago from 2020-2023. He went 262-284 over 4 years, making the playoffs as soon as in 2020. Final yr’s workforce completed 83-79 and missed touchdown the ultimate NL wild card spot by one sport.
The Cubs at the moment are led by Counsell, who signed essentially the most profitable managerial deal (5 years, $40 million) in MLB history. Counsell discovered nice success because the Brewers’ supervisor, main Milwaukee to the playoffs in 5 of the final six years, together with the NLCS in 2018. That is yet another playoff look that the franchise managed from its inception in Seattle because the Pilots in 1969 to 2017.
With Counsell’s contract expiring after October, he naturally turned a scorching commodity, along with his previous workforce, the New York Mets and the Cleveland Guardians reportedly interested. The Cubs swooped in and provided him large bucks to guide Chicago, nevertheless, ending Ross’ time on the town.
Ross is not mad or bitter about the entire state of affairs by any means, nevertheless, telling Henry that he was grateful for the chance.
“I believe the factor that comes over me is that I’m extraordinarily grateful for the chance, to be trustworthy,” Ross mentioned.
“There was lots of people who labored actually onerous alongside me. … I’m actually grateful for the 4 years I bought, coming from zero teaching expertise to getting the prospect to handle such an important group that has impacted my life in a good way. There’s nice folks there. I actually haven’t got a complete lot unfavourable to say, to be trustworthy.
“I get mad now and again however I’ve rather a lot to be glad about.”
Regardless of Ross’ robust ending in Chicago, he’ll at all times stay a franchise legend for his position on the 2016 Cubs, particularly his solo dwelling run off Cleveland star reliever Andrew Miller to provide the workforce a 6-3 lead in Sport 7 of the World Sequence. That run was an important one after Cleveland tied the sport at six to power extras, the place Chicago finally received 8-7 in 10.