Exclusive: David Ross on his rookie season as manager and how he deals with trade rumors
During Major League Baseball’s “Manager Week,” Cubs skipper David Ross joined Taylor McGregor for an exclusive chat on Wednesday’s edition of The Stadium on Marquee Sports Network.
He filled everybody in on how his offseason has been going — enjoying time at home in Florida with his kids and playing a bit of golf here and there.
But he also quickly realized there’s a lot of work to do coming off his first season on the top step of the dugout.
“I’m learning there is no offseason for the manager, really,” Ross said. “It’s a nice little schedule that I have where I usually talk to a couple of the coaches early in the week and then I’ll get to some R&D stuff on the back end. We have a leadership Zoom on Tuesdays where we talk to a lot of department heads and Jed [Hoyer] is leading that stuff.
“And then periodic phone calls with Jed back and forth. I went up to Chicago a couple weeks ago just to check in with those guys, look around, find an apartment for myself going into next year and get a couple things done that I needed to. All in all, it’s been good. I got a nice little routine, I get to really love on the kids when I’m here and just try to take advantage of that free time.”
Ross also discussed his thoughts on trade rumors surrounding some of his players and his reaction to Theo Epstein’s departure from the Cubs front office.