First-year manager David Ross has been named as one of three finalists for the NL Manager of the Year award. The actual winner among Ross, Don Mattingly, and Jayce Tingler will be announced on November 10 at 6 p.m. ET.
NL manager of the year finalists: Don Mattingly, @D_Ross3 , Jayce Tingler
— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) November 3, 2020
In Ross’ innaugural season, the Cubs finished 34-26 as NL Central division champions, although the team was quickly eliminated from the postseason by the Miami Marlins in the Wild Card matchup.
Notable achveivements by Ross and his coaching staff include ZERO COVID-19 player cases and the stabilization of the team’s pitching staff. The Cubs starting pitching group finished 9th best in MLB and 5th best in the NL for FIP and fWAR. Late-inning bullpen arms developed later in the year including the resurgence of Craig Kimbrel, Jason Adam, Jeremy Jeffress, and Rowan Wick.
“What we saw, what we experienced, was a very successful first year for somebody who’s going to be a great manager here for a long time,” Epstein said of Ross earlier in October. “We feel really good about having Rossy at the helm of this group — of any group — moving forward.”
Congratulations to the much-deserving David Ross.