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#pounditThursday, August 6, 2020

Report: David Ross’ mock spring training speech helped him land Cubs job

After several weeks of speculation and a series of interviews, the Chicago Cubs settled on David Ross as their next manager.

What went into that decision? That’s something we’ll find out in the coming days and weeks, but multiple early reports indicate that a mock 2020 training camp speech, which the Cubs requested from their interviewees, helped put Ross over the top.

Hiring someone over their improvisational theater is certainly a unique new-age approach, but it does have some merit. Emotions are key in sports, whether you’re managing them or using them to motivate, so if Ross was able to impress to that degree with nothing on the line and no players in front of him, it’s a safe bet he can dial that up to 100 in a real scenario.

Plus, it’s not like this is entirely new territory for the Cubs. During their managerial search in November 2011, they had Dale Sveum conduct a live press conference, complete with questions from the media.

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