Obsessive Manager Watch: Ross Gets His Interview, Roberts Won't Be Fired, Best Jobs Available, More

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Obsessive Manager Watch: Ross Gets His Interview, Roberts Won’t Be Fired, Best Jobs Available, More

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I am actually rather surprised, despite the postseason rolling on, that none of the eight open managerial roles have been filled yet around baseball. Some of the teams are going to be selecting from among very specific, limited pools, and you’d think someone would have jumped by now.

The league doesn’t love major announcements on game days during the postseason, so it’s possible we won’t see an “announcement” through the weekend, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see word starting to leak that a team or two has privately made their choice.

Would that include the Cubs? Well, only if they are going to stick with one of their internal candidates or Joe Girardi, whom they also interviewed this week. If the Cubs are insistent on getting a chance to talk to guys with clubs still in the postseason – Joe Espada (Astros bench coach) or Carlos Beltran (Yankees special assistant), for example – then the process may take a while yet.

Speaking of that process …

  • David Ross, a long presumed favorite in the job hunt (if he wants it), was in for his interview yesterday:

  • No real meat given up there, as you’d expect, as Ross – who is a special assistant with the Cubs, and also works for ESPN – only suggesting he’ll roll with whatever the Cubs decide. You wonder whether this will be the Cubs’ only shot at Ross, who would be a sought-after candidate by many teams if/when he determines it is time to go full bore for a managerial job. And the flip side to that is, you wonder whether Ross is ready to commit to the manager’s life … or if, right now, it’s Cubs or nothing.
  • Speaking of which, at least one outsider – NBC’s Craig Calcaterra – views the Cubs’ opening as the most desirable of the eight in baseball. I think that’s fair, given what we know of the talent, the front office, the financial support, and the love from the city/fans. I do think that Padres job, though, is extraordinarily attractive, with all that talent percolating in a great city. I also don’t agree with ranking the Angels job so low. I tend to think, given the presence of Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani, and given the turnover naturally occurring, ownership is really going to open up to spend and support a meaningful push in the next few years. That’s really the best you can ask for as a manager, and if the Angels were to land Gerrit Cole? If I’m a manager, I wouldn’t mind a crack at that. (Of course, that’s all kinda beside the point, because we know it’s gonna be Joe Maddon.)
  • One spot where there won’t be a managerial opening:

  • The decision there is not a shock, though it’s a mild surprise given the postseason disappointments and admittedly rough choices Roberts has made in some of the biggest moments. Roberts was just extended last year through the 2022 season, so that’s probably a factor, but there’s also the reality that clearly he’s a really, really good manager over the course of the regular season.
  • Elsewhere, the Mets will have some overlap with the Cubs’ candidates:

  • No idea what direction the Pirates are going to go:

  • The Giants have interviewed A’s quality control coach Mark Kotsay, with whom GM Farhan Zaidi has a past relationship (Kotsay was a player with the A’s back when Zaidi was in that front office).


Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.