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Chicago Cubs

Report: Cubs to hire David Ross as manager

Former Cubs catcher David Ross celebrates after Game 6 of the 2016 National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Chicago.
Former Cubs catcher David Ross celebrates after Game 6 of the 2016 National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Chicago.

The Chicago Cubs will hire David Ross as their new manager, as first reported by NBC Sports Chicago on Wednesday.

An official announcement could come Thursday, the first day off for the World Series.

Ross beat out five other candidates, according to ESPN's Jesse Rogers, including first base coach Will Venable, bench coach Mark Loretta, former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler, former Yankees manager Joe Girardi and Astros bench coach Joe Espada.

Ross enjoyed a 15-year career in the majors and spent his final two seasons in Chicago, where he became a Cubs hero with his home run in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series.

Ross retired after the 2016 season and spent the last three seasons working as a special assistant to general manager Theo Epstein in the front office while also serving as a occasional analyst for ESPN.

Ross does not have any previous coaching experience. He also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves.

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