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Cubs News and Notes: Rossy presser, Esapa's Cub comments, World Series, Hot Stove, more


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CUBS NEWS AND NOTES

Ross announcement: Today’s the day that the Cubs will officially announce David Ross as the new manager, which will occur during a press conference scheduled at 11:00 AM Central.

Check back to CubsHQ and we will have all the comments and video for today's event.

Joe Espada: After being passed up for the Cubs’ manager’s spot, Joe Espada offered this: “I go in there, and I present myself, and I provide a vision, my goals, and I show them my style and my personality and why I think I’m the right guy for the job,” “And I made a strong case for myself [with the Cubs], and that’s all you could ask for.”

Espada is still in the running for the job in San Francisco.

What do you expect in 2020? The Chicago Cubs will be traveling several new paths at once this coming season, most notably with a new manager and a new TV deal. Now that Joe Maddon’s ship has sailed, the bar seems to have been lowered by a lot of fans, as they aren’t expecting much from David Ross. On some levels, this may be a good thing, while on other levels, it may be foolish.

Maddon’s departure wasn’t the flare that signified distress in the Cubs’ camp, and Theo Epstein indeed plans on winning another championship before his contract expires in two years. To expect David Ross to take this team all the way in 2020 may not be realistic, but it wasn’t exactly realistic to assume they’d win in 2016 either – at least not before the season got underway. They certainly had what it took, but who realistically expected that kind of return – after just one season from Maddon – with a lingering 108-year drought?

I genuinely believe Ross is going to surprise a lot of people and that the Cubs Marquee Network (at least in part) will be used as a vehicle to bring fans closer to the Ross era as it begins to unfold.

Cubs’ Birthdays: Celebrating yesterday, were ex-Cubs Mike Lum (74) and posthumously, Ralph Kiner (97), Del Rice (97), John "Shad" Barry (141), Chick Pedroes (150), and John "Egyptian" Healy (153).

World Series Schedule & Results

Series tied 2-2

GAME-1: Nationals -5; Astros -4 (W-Scherzer; L- Cole);

GAME-2: Nationals -12; Astros -3 (W-Strasburg; L- Verlander);

GAME-3: Astros-4; Nationals-1 (W-Greinke; L- Sanchez)

GAME-4: Astros-8; Nationals-1 (W-Urquidy; L- Corbin)

GAME-5: HOU at WSH (W-Cole; L- Ross)

If Washington wasn’t in enough trouble over losing Kurt Suzuki to a hip injury, Mad Max was scratched last night due to spasm activity in his traps and neck. Scherzer became a late scratch, replaced by Joe Ross.

Anthony Rendon did add a little comic relief (aka sarcasm – ask a stupid question, get a silly answer).

Suddenly the landscape of the 2020 World Series has changed. Three nights ago, it looked as though the Astros could be swept; now, it’s the Nationals who suddenly face elimination. Yordan Alvarez would help the Astros’ put this one out of reach early with a two-run blast in the second; the Astros would add insurance with Correa’s two-run shot in the fourth.

Juan Soto would break up the shutout in the bottom of the seventh with a solo shot off of Cole (his second homer off of Cole in the Series), but the Astros would answer back with a run in the eighth when Gurriel singled with a man on third.

George Springer’s two-run blast in the ninth would put this one out of reach for good. Final score: Astros-7; Nationals-1. The Astros now lead the series 3-2.

This was a tough loss for the Nats, but none will suffer the loss worse than Max Scherzer, who will never forget this loss if the Nats can’t regroup and win the final two games in Houston.

Monday, Oct. 28 Travel day

GAME-6: Tuesday, Oct. 29: WSH at HOU; 8 p.m., FOX

GAME-7: Wednesday, Oct. 30: WSH at HOU, (if necessary), 8 p.m., FOX

MLB and the Hot Stove

Angels: The Halos are wasting no time in getting Joe Maddon’s coaching staff together. Former Cubs’ hitting coach, John Mallee has been added as an assistant hitting coach and former Mets manager, Mickey Callaway is now the pitching coach in Anaheim.

Astros: As the Brandon Taubman fallout continues, the Astros issued a written apology to Sports Illustrated’s Stephanie Apstein.

Royals: As the Rangers look to rebound for 2020, they’ve suffered a significant setback: Shin-Soo Choo underwent debridement surgery on an elbow last week. The Rangers figured to try to deal 38-year-old Choo and his remaining $21M salary (good luck with that), but if it wasn’t going to be tough enough, it’ll be even harder now.

Giants: As SF narrows their search for a new manager, the team has informed third base coach, Ron Wotus, that he’s no longer in the running.

Baseball Quotes: "Just never give up... To the kids in the minor leagues, just continue to believe, be your best, you never know. Many people said I was never going to make it to the big leagues!" -Robinson Chirinos

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