Brandon Hyde reportedly will take the skipper’s job in Baltimore … Reports suggest David Ross could be Joe Maddon’s bench coach next season
Reports surfaced Tuesday night that the Orioles decided to make Cubs’ bench coach Brandon Hyde the team’s next manager. Those reports were denied by the general manager in typical Orioles fashion. Right after the reports hit the wire that Hyde was on his way to Baltimore, the David Ross could be the Cubs next bench coach rumors made the rounds.
Ross is currently employed by the Cubs. According to reports, the front office wanted Ross to be around more next season, just not in Spring Training, to help with the leadership issue Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have said publicly existed during the disappointing 2018 campaign.
It is believed Ross turned down the bench coach job last year after Dave Martinez left to be the Nationals’ manager. Ross wanted to spend more time with his family. And it is unclear if Ross is ready to be back in the grind of a big league season.
David Ross would be a welcome sight in the Cubs dugout next season. He reportedly has excellent relationships with a majority of the players on the roster, most notably Jon Lester, Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras.
The Cubs could use Ross’ influence and knowledge as long as Joe Maddon is able to deal with the questions about him eventually taking over as the team’s manager.
First thing first, Brandon Hyde has to officially be hired in Baltimore. Once the Orioles make a decision, and stick to it, Maddon and the front office have to sit down and talk about what is best for the team moving forward. And that could be the return of David Ross to the Cubs’ dugout.