Cubs Rumors: Joe Girardi, David Ross to Interview for Manager's Job This Week

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistOctober 9, 2019

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02:  David Ross #3 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates after defeating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cubs win their first World Series in 108 years.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Cubs will reportedly interview two of the team's former catchers as they search for their next manager.

According to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs will interview both Joe Girardi and David Ross for the position that is vacant after the National League Central club and Joe Maddon went their separate ways following the 2019 season.

Gonzales noted the Cubs already interviewed bench coach Mark Loretta and first-base coach Will Venable.

Whoever the next Cubs manager is will have to follow a legend.

Maddon is a three-time Manager of the Year who led Chicago to the World Series title in 2016, the National League Championship Series in 2015 and 2017 and the playoffs in 2018. The world championship snapped the famous drought that dated back to 1908.

Scott Miller of Bleacher Report reported Maddon is expected to become the next manager of the Los Angeles Angels.

Ross, who has no managing experience, was a part of that 2016 championship team as one of the catchers. He played for the Cubs in 2015 and '16 and was seen as a veteran leader for some of the talented youngsters on the roster.

"I've always looked at Rossy as a coach when he played here," third baseman Kris Bryant said, per Jesse Rogers of ESPN. "Yeah, it was goofy, it was fun, it was energetic, but when he needed to tell you something he let you hear it. From the very get-go, I felt like this guy will be a manager some day for sure."

Girardi was also a catcher for the Cubs, where he played seven years in two stints (1989-92, 2000-02).

He managed the New York Yankees to the World Series title in 2009 and sports a 988-794 record. He held the position for the Florida Marlins in 2006 and oversaw the Yankees from 2008 through 2017.

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