The Chicago Cubs are losing, again. But the fanbase is apparently blaming manager David Ross for many of the team’s shortcomings. When asked about Rossy’s managerial production so far, Cubs’ President of Baseball Operations, Jed Hoyer, said:
“He’s done a great job.”– Jed Hoyer
Ross signed a two-year extension that runs through the 2024 season, so it would be no surprise if Hoyer expected the Cubs’ manager to stay for the length of the contract.
David Ross Doing What He Can With What Jed Hoyer Gives Him
Ross was given unprecedented circumstances heading into his first season as manager. The pandemic variable was difficult to manage through but Rossy led the Cubs to a 34-26 record. Chicago finished the season as NL Central Champions and earned a playoff birth.
The downfall began in 2021 when the Cubs’ struggles — and several expiring contracts — forced a sale of their core players. Jed Hoyer was forced into a sticky situation after Theo Epstein left the organization. Hoyer wasn’t exactly given an easy task and when the Cubs began the trade deadline firesale, we knew that things would get worse before getting better.
“At times, he’s not given the matchups that he would want or things haven’t lined up the way we probably planned. So we’ve been playing with a short bench a lot of times because of injuries.”– Jed Hoyer on how David Ross has managed the Cubs’ roster
Hoyer said previously that they were building a team to make the playoffs, not be a World Series contender immediately. It’s going to take time and the rough patches are only temporary.
The Chicago Cubs need to right their trajectory. Currently, on a 10-game losing streak, the club isn’t exactly expected to make the playoffs. But developing younger players and trying to create something for the future of the organization is enough to warrant a hall pass.
Do the Cubs have issues? Yes. But David Ross and Jed Hoyer can still fix this baseball team before the winning expectations kick back in.
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