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David Ross is Truly the Best Hire to Replace Joe Maddon as Manager of the Cubs

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 19:  Former Chicago Cubs player David Ross throws out a ceremonial first pitch before game five of the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on October 19, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
League Championship Series - Los Angeles Dodgers v Chicago Cubs - Game Five | Jamie Squire/Getty Images

With the Cubs having already ripped off the band-aid by relieving Joe Maddon of his duties as manager, it appears that they already have their heart set on a former player to fill the void left by Maddon's departure.

Former Cubs catcher and current ESPN baseball analyst David Ross, who split time behind the plate with Miguel Montero during Chicago's World Series year in 2016, is being eyed for the managerial opening. Ross is reportedly interested in taking the job.

If he truly wants the job, Ross should have it, no questions asked.

Ross, a journeyman catcher who's made stops with the Reds, Dodgers and Braves before he played his final two years in Chicago, is going to be that perfect blend of refreshing ideas, willingness to listen to the front office, and ability to relate to and have the respect of the clubhouse.

He's a full believer in the new-age way of thinking about and analyzing the game, but isn't just going to be a stooge for the analytics guys in the front office and do everything based off of charts and graphs. His familiarity with the team, the locker room, and the stars will make for a seamless transition.

For those worried about jumping from behind the camera to behind the dugout, Aaron Boone seems to be doing alright with the Yankees.

Don't overthink this, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. If Ross is available, give him the job and get him to Chicago.