On Thursday, it was Cubs outfielder Ian Happ showing his appreciation for Ross.
"Rossy is great," Happ said on the Dan Bernstein Show. "He is the right guy for this team. He's played with a lot of guys, is friends with a lot of guys. Guys respect him, and the amount that guys respect him is incredibly high. He's a great communicator. He's able to talk to guys, he's able to be honest. And that's huge for this group. That's huge for all these guys. I can't say enough about how good of a job that he's done."
Ross' best work early in his managerial career perhaps hasn't even been baseball-related. The Cubs have credited him with setting a strong culture of taking the coronavirus pandemic and accompanying health and safety protocols as serious as possible. As of Thursday, the Cubs remained the only MLB team without a player to test positive for COVID-19.
On Wednesday evening, MLB revealed enhanced health and safety protocols, which now include the requirement that players wear face coverings everywhere except on the field of play and mandate that surgical masks be worn on the team planes and buses. Players are also prohibited from going to bars and must receive permission from a newly appointed compliance officer before leaving the hotel on the road.
That won't be much of a change for the Cubs, Happ said.
"We're 99% of the way there," Happ said. "Especially all the team protocols, travel protocols, our organization was on top of that from the beginning. I think the one difference is now your starting players, when they come back into the dugout are going to have to throw a mask on. Which it makes sense. We understand why we have to do it."