CHICAGO – The Cubes are expected to hire David Ross as their next manager, according to John Hayman of MLB.com.
After deciding not to return Joe Madden at the end of the season, the team interviewed various candidates.
Ross, 42, has been an ESPN analyst since his retirement. He is also a special assistant in Cubs baseball operations since 2017.
Heyman said Ross was a favorite all along. ESPN 1000's David Kaplan is the first to report the story.
The Cube also interviews Joe Girardi, Astros bench coach Joe Espada, former Phyllis Gabe Kapler manager and two internal candidates; Mark Loreta and Will Venable.
Ross was signed in 2015 after acquiring Jon Lester with the free agency. Ross was Lester's personal catcher for most of 2015 and 2016.
He hit .176 with one household in 2015, but hit .229 with 10 home games in 2016.
In his last game, Ross hit home
Theo Epstein noted that "real change was needed during his last press conference for the season.
Epstein directly addressed the rumors that Ross was a candidate at the time.
" Lack of experience is always a factor, not a determining factor, but an important factor, but I think there are ways to overcome … beliefs, skills, personal qualities. surpass lack of experience, but the experience certainly helps, "says Epstein.
Ross was open to the idea of returning to Wrigley.
"I have very close relationships with these guys. I think the interest would be there. "I think my heart is a little drawn to this dugout," Ross said. "I have a lot to think about if this seems to me like everyone says it's going to happen. I'm sure waiting for this phone call. "
It is currently unknown when Ross will be formally introduced.