CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs introduced an old friend as their new manager Monday morning.
The team officially announced David Ross as their 55th manager in team history Thursday, as they signed him to a three-year contract with a club option for a fourth.
Ross will take over for his old manager, Joe Madden, who was hired by the Los Angeles Angels earlier this month.
When asked if his relationships with many current Cubs might affect his leadership abilities in the dugout, Ross said he’s always held his teammates accountable.
“I know theres a big fun-loving Grandpa Rossy ‘theme’ out there, but if you ask any of my friends or ex-players what kind of teammate I was, I didn’t shy away from the tough conversations,” Ross said. “I think there’s a little bit of a misconception of maybe the fun-loving Grandpa Rossy… I don’t think that’s me in the dugout as much as I’d love to say I’m that guy.”
Since retiring as a member of the Cubs in 2016 after a 14-year playing career, Ross has been a special assistant to president Theo Epstein. He has also been a commentator for ESPN’s baseball coverage during that time.
Playing his final two years in Chicago, Ross was a critical leader on a pair of successful Cubs teams that brought success a century in the making for the franchise.
He helped the 2015 Cubs to 97 victories and a berth in the National League Championship Series and in 2016 aided the team’s first World Series championship run in 108 years.