CHICAGO – Kings are expected to hire David Ross as their next boss, according to Jon Heyman of MLB.com.
After deciding not to take back Joe Maddon, the team interviewed various candidates.
Ross, 42, has been an ESPN analyst since his retirement. He has also been a special assistant for Cubs baseball operations since 2017.
Heyman said Ross was the favorite of all time. David Kaplan of ESPN 1000 first reported the story.
Cubs also interviewed Joe Girardi, Astros bench coach Joe Espada, former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler, and two internal candidates; Mark Loretta and Will Venable.
Ross was signed in 2015 after the full agency acquisition of Jon Lester. Ross was Lester's personal catcher for most of 2015 and 2016.
He hit .176 with a home run in 2015, but hit .229 with 10 home runs in 2016.
In his last game ever, Ross hit a home run during Game 7 in the World Series.
Theo Epstein pointed out that "real change is needed" during his last press conference during the season.
Epstein directly addressed the rumors that Ross was a candidate at the time.
"Lack of experience is always a factor, it is not a crucial factor but it is an important factor. But I think there are ways to overcome … beliefs, skills, personal attributes. They may consider the lack of experience, but the experience really helps, "Epstein said.
Ross was open to the idea of returning to Wrigley.
" I have many close relationships with these guys. I think the interest would be there. I think my heart is a little drawn to that dugout, ”Ross said Sunday. “I have a lot to think about if this gets presented to me that everyone says will happen. I'm definitely waiting for that phone call. "
At present, it is not known when Ross will be officially introduced.