David Ross was loosely connected as a possible candidate to be Joe Maddon’s bench coach after Dave Martinez left to become the Washington Nationals manager. Yet, Ross addressed the open spot in Maddon’s staff and said he wasn’t really that interested. Now, the former Chicago Cubs catcher might be considered as a candidate to be the New York Yankees manager.
This report comes from ESPN senior writer Buster Olney, who said the Yankees have contacted Aaron Boone for an interview and are also thinking about reaching out to Ross to interview him as well.
Aaron Boone, who hit one of the most famous homers in Yankees’ history and has served as an analyst on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball the last two years, is among the candidates to be the Yankees’ next manager, according to sources. An interview has not yet been scheduled.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 10, 2017
Ross, 40, said as of Thursday that he has not yet been contacted by the Yankees for an interview.
However, back in October, Ross said the following to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. At the time, Ross had been rumored to be a candidate for the Cubs bench coach job.
But it seems doubtful that Ross, 40, would return to a major-league lifestyle with longer hours as a coach. One of the reasons Ross retired after 15 seasons was to spend more time with his wife and three children in Florida.
“Hard to see me jumping back in,” Ross wrote in a text message Sunday. “Was a little busy this year and never got real time off.”
But who knows, maybe Ross would jump back in if it’s a managerial position and right now the Yankees job might be the most desirable in baseball with their great, young talent.
Ross is currently a special assistant in the Cubs front office.