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Cubs News: Maddon grooming David Ross as a future manager


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Chicago Cubs veteran catcher David Ross has already announced that he will be retiring after the 2016 baseball season.

Many around baseball circles including Joe Maddon think that David Ross would be an excellent major league manager with enough experience under his belt.

"Joe’s great, he’s teaching me a ton," Ross said on the Mully and Hanley Show on Friday. "Just watching him on a day-to-day basis, I’m learning so much — just about how to handle people, the game, and he’s just got such a unique eye for the game from the managerial situations that I’ve seen ever in my career. It’s fun to be a part of."

"Everybody wants to know what’s going on with me and this and that," Ross said about his future. "I tell them, ‘Let’s wait until September.’ We still have a long ways to go. If my body holds up — we want to do this thing for at least another five months if we want to go where we want to go, so we got a long ways to go. I appreciate all the compliments."

Ross has had a solid year at the plate in his 14th season batting .250 with four homers, 17 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .348. For his career, he is a .229 hitter with 100 homers, 299 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .315.

"I’ve just been trying to talk to him as much as I can about game situations and managing and what tomorrow holds for him and just try to give him any benefits from my past experience," Maddon said. "Because this guy could be really good at it."

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