David Ross is enjoying life after playing his last game and retiring from baseball. Ross was back in Chicago for an autograph signing Sunday after making the rounds following the Cubs winning The World Series. Ross appeared on Saturday Night Live and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Ross talked to Carrie Muskat about what he has been doing in the nearly two weeks since the Cubs won The Series and what’s next for him.
According to the report from Carrie Muskat, Ross will talk to Theo Epstein “about a possible role with the team.” Ross and Epstein put off the conversation “until after Thanksgiving so both can catch their breaths.”
During the flight to Los Angeles with Kris Bryant and Mike Borzello, Ross explained how they “discussed who was coming back to the Cubs next season, how important it will be to get Kyle Schwarber in the lineup, and how Jason Heyward is a leader on the club.”
David Ross said, “I still want to stay in the game and do something. I want to stay in it somehow, some way, and be connected.”
Ross is looking to spend time with his family and is not looking to become a coach right now. Many in the game think that he will be a very good big league manager one day.
Ross has a retirement party planned in Florida but admitted he hasn’t had time to reflect on his career yet.
David Ross cleaned out his locker and took his nameplate down. Ross’ playing days are over but his career in baseball is far from done.
Rookies of the Year
The Rookies of the Year were announced Monday night on the MLB Network. And for the second straight year there was a unanimous winner in the National League.
Corey Seager (Dodgers) and Michael Fulmer (Tigers) were named this year’s top rookies.
Dodgers’ shortstop Corey Seager won the NL Rookie of the Year Award. Seventeen Dodgers have won the Rookie of the Year Award. Seager joins Jackie Robinson (1947), Don Newcombe (1949), Joe Black (1952), Jim Gilliam (1953), Frank Howard (1960), Jim Lefebvre (1965), Ted Sizemore (1969), Rick Sutcliffe (1979), Steve Howe (1980), Fernando Valenzuela (1981), Steve Sax (1982), Eric Karros (1992), Mike Piazza (1993), Raul Mondesi (1994), Hideo Nomo (1995) and Todd Hollandsworth (1996).
Seager is actually the third Dodgers’ unanimous winner of the Rookie of the Year Award (Mike Piazza, Raul Mondesi).
The Dodgers have won more than double the Rookie of the Year Awards than any other team. The Yankees and A’s have each won eight top first-year player awards.
Tigers’ right-hander Michael Fulmer won the American League Rookie of the Year Award. Fulmer is the third Tigers’ pitcher to win a Rookie of the Year Award, joining Justin Verlander (2006) and Mark Fidrych (1976). Fulmer received 26 first-place votes. And the Yankees’ Gary Sanchez received four. Tyler Naquin (Indians) finished third in the voting.
Managers of the Year will be announced Tuesday night (5:00pm CST) on the MLB Network. Joe Maddon is a finalist, along with Dusty Baker, for the award that is expected to go to Dave Roberts (Dodgers).
Maddon won the NL Manager of the Year Award for the 2015 season, his third Manager of the Year Award. Under Joe Maddon, the Cubs have won 200 games the past two seasons, a NL Central Division Crown, a National League Pennant and a World Series Championship.
Cubs 40-Man Roster
Deadline for teams to add players to the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft is Friday. The Cubs reserve roster currently stands at 34 players. The front office will not use all six open spots to protect players in the system. The Cubs will keep a couple of spots available for free agent signings.
The Tribune highlighted three players the Cubs must add to the roster prior to Friday’s deadline: Victor Caratini, Jacob Hannemann and Duane Underwood Jr.
Caratini and Underwood Jr. are locks to be added to the 40-man. Two other names to keep an eye on are Armando Rivero and Jack Leathersich.
The Cubs will likely have players selected in the Rule 5 Draft, like John Andreoli, that could find homes in other organizations. There is a lot of talent in the system and players will be exposed to the Rule 5 Draft. This is where self-scouting comes in and is more important now than ever before the Cubs.
The Cubs selected Carhart in the 35th round of the 2012 draft. Carhart, 26, played this past season with Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa.
Carhart hit .259/.309/.413 with 13 doubles and six home runs for a .722 OPS in 58 games for the Smokies. Carhart was 1-for-9 in four games with the I-Cubs.
Over five seasons (372 games) in the Cubs’ system, Ben Carhart hit .270/.329/.382 with 82 doubles, three triples and 22 home runs for a .711 OPS.
Brian Harper has left the Cubs’ organization according to the Tribune. Harper is now with the Tigers and is the hitting coach with Triple-A Toledo.
Harper has been the hitting coach for Triple-A Iowa for the past four seasons. Harper managed Double-A Tennessee in 2011 and was High-A Daytona’s skipper in 2012.
Brian Harper, 57, played for seven teams over a 16-year Major League career. Harper won a ring with the ’91 Twins and played for the Tigers during the 1986 season.
The Cubs will miss having Brian Harper in the organization.
News, Notes and Rumors
• Ian Happ hit his second homer of the AFL season on Monday, a three-run shot. Happ was 2-for-4 with a home run, two walks and three RBI in Mesa’s 13-2 win over Glendale. Happ is batting .266/.397/.453 with four doubles, a triple and two home runs for a .851 OPS in 17 games this fall.
• Christopher Kamka pointed out Yoenis Cespedes has been traded for the 2016 AL Rookie of the Year (Michael Fulmer, Tigers) and two of this year’s Cy Young Award finalists, Jon Lester and Rick Porcello.
• According to a report from Hardball Talk citing Jeff Passan as its source, there is an increasing likelihood that the qualifying offer system won’t be in next Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
• Ken Rosenthal reported baseball’s qualifying offer system as we know it needs to end.
• Keith Law examined the starting pitcher’s market and the big-name trade options such as Zack Greinke, Chris Sale and Chris Archer.
This Day in Cubstory
2011 – Cubs signed free agent Justin Berg
2006 – Cubs signed free agent Henry Blanco
1999 – Cubs signed free agent Chris Petersen
1996 – Cubs signed amateur free agent Francis Beltran
1993 – Cubs granted free agency to Doug Jennings
1988 – Ben Rowen, born
This Day in Baseball History
1886 – The American Association’s Red Stockings dealt catcher Jack Boyle and $400 to the Browns in exchange for OF Hugh Nicol. The transaction is the first recorded trade in Major League history