David Ross' Coaching Staff Officially Confirmed, SB Cubs Champs, and Other Cubs Bullets

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David Ross’ Coaching Staff Officially Confirmed, SB Cubs Champs, and Other Cubs Bullets

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I’m trying to stick to my exercise schedule this week despite the flurry of news and rumors, so if the league could hold off on anything significant for the next hour, that’d be sweet. If not, you can expect some barely legible texts, Michael, about whatever it is that you’re writing up at that moment.

  • David Ross’s inaugural coaching staff is now officially official, with Will Venable indeed sliding over to third base – and the Cubs adding a data/development member of the big league coaching staff (which is wild and awesome):

  • It’s a relative staff overhaul, much like we’ve seen in development and scouting, as well as on the training staff. These kinds of changes are less visible, but the on-field impact can still be significant. Well, here’s hoping it is, anyway.
  • That’s a whole lotta former catchers/catching coaches. I understand the reasons for seeing what’s out there on Willson Contreras, but I’m not really going to hate seeing what happens when he gets time to work closely with Driver, Ross, and Napoli, in addition to Borzello.
  • Also: no infield coach. I would assume some of those duties would fall to Green, a former infielder? It’s just atypical not to have someone on staff who specifically has that designation.
  • There was a Cubs champion in 2019:

  • Big news on the substance front:

  • Whatever your opinion on marijuana, it is legal in so many places now, is no more harmful than tobacco or alcohol, and it was always absurd that minor leaguers could get popped for it but not big leaguers. This is a good change.
  • The changes to DRS are being rolled out, and we’ll have to dig in soon:

  • As expected and discussed previously, Javy Baez’s DRS skyrocketed from this change, confirming him as one of the most valuable defenders in all of baseball at any position.
  • Ian Happ did a fun Q&A, but what the hell is this answer, Ian?!?!? A plain donut with no glaze is NOT A DONUT AT ALL:

  • I’ll forgive him on the donut thing, though, because this is the chill, extremely correct and beneficial way for people who have a mic to talk about mental health:

  • Your 12 Days of Deals at Amazon are right here if you’re still holiday shopping and looking for convenient bargains. #ad
  • The Nike jerseys are officially out, and it’s unfortunate that it looks kinda bad on pinstripes (because it looks fine on many non-Cub uniforms):

https://twitter.com/MLB/status/1204150476234616833

  • Santa sure can rake …



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.