LAS VEGAS — With the shortage of leadership within the clubhouse in 2018 dubbed a “miscalculation,” the Chicago Cubs are trying to find their subsequent David Ross.
The previous catcher turned Cubs government/ESPN broadcaster famously won over Chicago and the Cubs locker room in 2015 and 2016, serving to the group to a World Collection championship.
However the Cubs have not changed that sort of leadership since Ross retired, and now it’s one objective of the offseason.
Harold Baines’ choice to the Baseball Corridor of Fame on Sunday shocked many, and Baines stated Monday that he performed to strive to win a championship, so he by no means gave a lot of thought to making the Corridor.
The Chicago Cubs are probably to be with out nearer Brandon Morrow for the early portion of 2019 after he had elbow surgical procedure.
“We did not have anybody like that on the roster final yr,” Cubs common supervisor Jed Hoyer stated from the winter conferences on Monday. “I did suppose there was a bit of a void, to be sincere with you. That is not to say we do not have a bunch of guys which have leadership qualities. We completely do, however we’ve such a younger group. Having somebody that is been via the sport a little bit longer, with extra perspective, that may assist out with some of the tough instances, is essential. We had that in ’15, ’16, ’17. We have been missing that final yr.”
Hoyer praised former outfielder Jon Jay for his function in 2017, however Jay did not return in ’18, opening the leadership void.
The Cubs pale the down stretch final season, shedding the division in a tiebreaker sport to the Milwaukee Brewers, then shedding the wild card sport to the Colorado Rockies the subsequent day. The entrance workplace assumed — after a number of years within the huge leagues and 4 straight playoff appearances — that the younger gamers on the group have been prepared to be on their very own. That wasn’t the case.
“I believe it was a miscalculation on our half,” Hoyer stated. “We felt we have been at a place the place these issues would take care of themselves as a result of we had this group collectively for therefore lengthy. We realized that wasn’t correct.”
Hoyer careworn that the Cubs have some leaders on the pitching employees — particularly veteran Jon Lester. Plus, Jason Heyward and Anthony Rizzo are thought of in that class as properly, however none essentially possess the attributes to name out teammates, an space Ross excelled. Hoyer did not point out names, however he careworn that an addition with these leadership qualities for 2019 is probably going to come from a backup, not a marquee participant. He reiterated a winter stance that the Cubs additionally need Ross across the group extra, despite the fact that his function is not in uniform outdoors of spring coaching.
“The best man with the precise professionalism does make a distinction,” Hoyer stated.