Theo Epstein Outlines Cubs’ Goals, Confirms David Ross Candidate To Manage

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September 30, 2019

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Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein on Monday outlined the qualities he wants to see in his next manager, and confirmed that former catcher David Ross is among the team’s “broad list” of candidates.

“We haven’t called to ask for permission on anybody,” Epstein said during an 80-minute news conference Monday, a day after the club announced it would not retain Joe Maddon. “We’re full speed ahead. We’re not going to drag this out any longer than it needs to be, but we’re also going to be thorough.” (READ MORE) by Jesse Rogers | ESPN

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Former Cubs catcher David Ross’ connection to the Cubs’ 2016 championship is “not necessarily an asset” in his candidacy to replace Joe Maddon as Cubs manager, team president Theo Epstein said Monday. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Cubs’ managerial search could start to take a more definitive shape as soon as this week, when team president Theo Epstein said he expects to start the interview process for candidates to replace Joe Maddon.

That likely means at least an interview with bench coach Mark Loretta as Epstein acknowledged when asked about Loretta that “at least one member of our coaching staff” is on the early candidate list.

Epstein, who has exit meetings planned the coaches Tuesday, confirmed only one specific candidate – David Ross – in a process that many believe began months ago when Maddon was sent into the season without a contract extension. (READ MORE) by

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