The Chicago Cubs recently announced that their championship-winning coach, Joe Maddon, would be leaving the franchise after five successful years. Since then, a lot of names have been thrown up as potential replacements and one of them is that of David Ross. Ross himself has welcomed the rumors and has disclosed that he is very much interested in the job. So, who is this fellow, who may be taking over as the coach of the famous franchise, what is his age, does he have a family? All these and more of your questions about Ross are answered below.
Who is David Ross and What is His Age?
David Wade Ross was born on the 19th of March 1977 in Bainbridge, Georgia. His father’s name is David Ross Sr. while his mother’s name is Jackie. The retired baseball star also has two sisters namely Shannon and Nikki. Ross grew up in Tallahassee, Florida and played baseball in high school. He recorded several impressive feats and consequently gained an athletic scholarship to college.
Ross continued his impressive form at Auburn University, Alabama (freshman and sophomore year) and University of Florida (junior year). He helped both institutions to reach the 1997 and 1998 editions of the College World Series, respectively. David made his MLB debut in the year 2002. He would go on to spend a total of 15 years in the league during which he garnered the reputation of a journeyman, thanks to his frequent movements.
The Catcher played for several teams including the LA Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, and Chicago Cubs. He, however, experienced the most success with the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs, with whom he won the coveted World Series trophy in 2013 and 2016, respectively. The 2016 victory was even more special given that the Cubs had not touched the trophy in 108 years, as result of a curse that was supposedly placed on the team. Ross and his teammates thus played a part in one of the most historic moments, in not just baseball history, but sporting history generally.
Does He Have a Family?
David Ross is one man who does not hide the fact that his family is the most important aspect of his life. The retired baseball star is married to an accomplished pediatric nurse, Hyla Ross. The two first started dating in high school and later tied the knot in the early 2000s. The couple now has three children including a son, Cole and two daughters, Landri and Harper. Family played a big part in David Ross’ decision to retire in 2016. Due to the rigorous schedule of the regular MLB season, the catcher only spent a few weeks with his family each year.
He then had to resort to Facetime in order to communicate with his kids for most of the year. This state of affairs pained Ross as he realized that time was passing away and that his kids were growing up without his influence. He thus decided to retire while he still had the chance to remedy the situation. The former Cubs player has however revealed that the decision to walk away from baseball was not an easy one. According to him, he still misses competing as well as conditioning his body for a game. Ross, however, finds solace in the fact that he has lived his dream and will now help his kids to live theirs.
Chicago Cubs Managerial Role
In September 2019, Theo Epstein (the president of baseball operations at the Chicago Cubs) revealed that their legendary coach, Joe Maddon would be leaving the franchise. The departure was due to a disappointing 2019 season as well as the management’s decision to go in a new direction. Since this announcement, there have been rumors linking David Ross with the job. The star has also welcomed the rumours and has stated that he would be very much interested if he gets the call.
He described the Chicago Cubs coaching role as one of the best jobs in baseball and also stated that his heart was drawn to the dugout. Ross has further revealed that his close relationship with the Cubs players, who are his former teammates, would not hinder his ability to do his work. This is because he understands the importance of straddling the fine line between leadership/authority and friendship. Meanwhile, since 2017, David has been working as a color analyst for ESPN.