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David Ross Deal to Be New Cubs Manager 'Almost Done'

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 19:  Former Chicago Cubs player David Ross throws out a ceremonial first pitch before game five of the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on October 19, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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David Ross is expected to be named Cubs manager, reports David Kaplan, who hosts morning radio on ESPN Chicago and has been the Cubs studio host on NBC Sports Chicago for many years:

This is going to be really interesting to see how he does in succeeding Joe Maddon. Everyone in the world can agree that he's a great guy, and he was a clubhouse leader during their magical World Series run in 2016.

It will be an interesting dynamic to see how he does at managing players like Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Javy Baez, Willson Contreras, and Jon Lester who were his teammates. (Some of the Cubs' core could very well be dealt this offseason, but there will also surely be remainders from their championship team.)

Ross has spent the last couple seasons as a color commentator in the ESPN booth -- it'll also be interesting to see what direction Bristol goes for that position.