CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs are planning to maintain supervisor David Ross round for the foreseeable future, Jed Hoyer, the staff’s president of baseball operations, reiterated Wednesday.
With Ross getting into the ultimate yr of his contract in 2022, Hoyer indicated talks for an extension are ongoing.
“David has performed a unbelievable job as supervisor,” Hoyer stated on Wednesday. “He is realized a ton on the job. Even whereas studying I feel he is excelled.
“We have had some preliminary discussions on an extension. Our hope is that David is right here for a very long time.”
Ross signed a three-year deal, with an choice yr, to interchange Joe Maddon earlier than the 2020 season. The Cubs gained the NL Central that yr however fell quick within the playoffs. The staff wasn’t as lucky in 2021 as an 11-game dropping streak in June modified the course of the franchise.
The staff subtracted gamers on the deadline resulting in a second half collapse. The Cubs completed the season 71-91 giving Ross a 105-117 general document in two seasons.
The Cubs additionally introduced that hitting coach Anthony Iapoce and sport planner/catching coach Mike Borzello will not be returning for the 2022 season.
“On the finish of this yr each side realized this was the appropriate time to make that break,” Hoyer stated of Iapoce.
Iapoce returned to the group in 2018 after beforehand spending time as their minor league hitting coordinator whereas a few of the Cubs’ former stars have been working their method as much as the massive leagues. With a lot of them transferring on at this yr’s commerce deadline, the staff and Iapoce felt it was for him to maneuver on as effectively.
Borzello has been with the group for a decade and was instrumental as a pitching sport planner main as much as the staff’s World Sequence win in 2016.
“Each side felt 10 years was the correct quantity of time,” Hoyer stated.
Hoyer additionally indicated he is attending to the latter levels of hiring a common supervisor after he was promoted from the place final November.
That job has been vacant since former President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein, stepped down permitting Hoyer to take over.
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