(670 The Score) Cubs manager David Ross is completing his second season on the job and has experienced quite a bit in 2021.
The Cubs spent much of the first half competing at the top of the NL Central but fell back in late June and early July before choosing to trade their core of stars at the deadline. In turn, the Cubs (67-89) will finish with a losing record for the first time since 2014 – but not without plenty of lessons on the job for Ross.
“I feel like I’m learning every day,” Ross said on the Laurence Holmes Show on Tuesday. “Whether it’s interacting with players, coaches, in-game strategical stuff, adjusting rosters, finding ways to set guys up to maximize their success -- you’re learning through that. Rest versus pushing through for certain players, pushing through some of the aches and pains.
“I feel like I’m learning in every area every single day. The experience that I’m gaining on a daily basis, whether it’s with the veterans we had early on or the young group that’s come up and made a name for itself, not putting labels on guys and what to expect, whether it’s good or bad.
“You got to give guys opportunities to be themselves and make a name for themselves – transitioning from the Javy Baezes, Anthony Rizzos, Kris Bryants of the world to the Frank Schwindels, Patrick Wisdoms and Rafael Ortegas. Just learning what that process is like and growing along with those guys.”
The Cubs open a three-game series at the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night at PNC Park. They finish the season by visiting the St. Louis Cardinals this weekend.