David Ross will be manning the Chicago Cubs bench for the foreseeable future. According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, the club and Ross agreed on a contract extension agreement through 2024 with a club option for the 2025 season.
After the Cubs moved on from former World Series Champion manager Joe Maddon after the 2019 season, Ross took over as his replacement. Easy would be the wrong way to describe his time so far as a manager. Right before the 2020 campaign, COVID-19 struck and delayed the season. Then, the Cubs came out strong and finished with a 34-26 record in the 60-game shortened season. Chicago the NL Central crown but had an early playoff exit, losing to the Miami Marlins in two straight games.
Many have been critical of Ross' lineup decisions and in-game management, but he's been put in a difficult position. The Cubs' 2021 season didn't go as planned. They finished with a 71-91 record at fourth place in the NL Central. The Cubs needed change among their core players. Jed Hoyer shook up the roster and dealt several remaining core pieces from the 2016 World Series Championship team. Of course, they might not have been in that position had they not lost 11 straight games from late June to early July.
Nonetheless, contract uncertainty seemed to distract the leading players and the Cubs didn't have the starting pitching depth needed to truly compete. David Ross deserves a chance to build this thing back from the ground up. Clearly, players like him, and historically, former catchers make for good managers after their playing career is over.
We'll have to see what Jed Hoyer and the Cubs do in free agency now that it's opened back up. One thing is certain. Grandpa Rossy will be in Chicago a few more years.