David Ross has spoken
The Chicago Cubs upgraded at manager by hiring Craig Counsell and moving off of David Ross in a surprise move earlier this week. Still, to be clear, it's a heartbreaking, bittersweet change at its core. Ross was a player on the 2016 World Series-winning team, and a key member of the franchise since in his transition to the coaching staff.
That said, even the biggest defenders of Rossy would admit he was imperfect as a manager. Counsell is a clear improvement for the role.
“There was a lot of people who worked really hard alongside me. ... I am really thankful for the four years I got, coming from zero coaching experience to getting the chance to manage such a great organization that has impacted my life in a great way. There's great people there. I really don't have a whole lot negative to say, to be honest... I get mad from time to time but I have a lot to be thankful for.”
Ugh. If that doesn't at least make you feel for the guy who was good enough to earn a vote of confidence from the organization to end the season but not good enough to retain employment when a better option became available, I don't know what will. Ross was frustrating at times, but far from an obvious firing.
Rossy deserves an ovation whenever he finds himself back at Wrigley.