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Rumor: David Ross could replace Joe Maddon as Cubs manager

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Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon has the best winning percentage in team history. Maddon has already racked up the fifth-most wins all-time, and of course he was on the bench when the Cubs ended their 108-year World Series drought in 2016.

However, Maddon entered this season on an expiring contract, and the hot seat has only gotten steamier with the Cubs battling for their playoff lives. Maddon has drawn criticism for his lineup construction and bullpen management, and team president Theo Epstein repeatedly seems to allude to organizational changes looming at the end of the season.

Should the Cubs elect to part ways with Maddon at year’s end, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic points to the possibility that the club might hire former backup cacher David Ross to be the new manager:

A homecoming for Joe Girardi? There would be a better chance of the Cubs hiring David Ross – another former catcher, though one with no coaching or managing experience – to be their Aaron Boone.

Ross played for the Cubs in 2015 and 2016, firmly establishing himself as a respected veteran in the clubhouse and a mentor for guys like Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant. Ross also hit a home run off of Andrew Miller in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series.

The Cubs entered Monday just two games back of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central, with seven games in hand against the Redbirds. However, they also remain just one game ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers for the final NL Wild Card spot.

Maddon’s future is almost certainly hanging in the balance, and the next 13 games could decide his fate.