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Monday, January 20, 2020

Andy Green ‘fired up’ to be with Cubs, help David Ross any way he can

It’s quite fitting Andy Green’s introduction to Cubs Nation came at the team’s annual fan festival this weekend.

Green, whom the Cubs officially hired as bench coach in December, grew up a Reds fan in his native Lexington, Ky. It wasn’t long before his allegiances changed to one of Cincinnati’s geographic neighbors, however.

“I went to [former Reds ballpark Riverfront Stadium] as a kid at like 5, 6, 7, first time I saw big-league baseball,” Green told NBC Sports Chicago on Saturday. “But my mom took me up to Wrigley at 12 or 13. I was like ‘This is big-league baseball.’

“I switched over allegiances that time as a Cubs fan, watched Ryne Sandberg — Mark Grace was somebody who jumped off the page to me at that point in time. It was late 80s, early 90s.”

He isn’t preparing for the next step if David Ross turns out to be as poor a choice for this role as many of us suspect, is he?

 

QLE Posted: January 20, 2020 at 12:36 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: andy green, cubs, david ross

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   1. Walt Davis Posted: January 20, 2020 at 10:55 PM (#5917704)
Unless Andy Green has $50 M to contribute to the cause or is so charming and persuasive he can convince the Dodgers to give up Lux and May for Contreras, I'm not sure he can help a whole lot.
   2. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: January 21, 2020 at 11:02 AM (#5917770)

He isn’t preparing for the next step if David Ross turns out to be as poor a choice for this role as many of us suspect, is he?

Who is "us"?
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 21, 2020 at 11:33 AM (#5917783)
Who is "us"?
<raises hand>
   4. Zonk Hasn't Learned his Aspirational Lesson Posted: January 21, 2020 at 11:53 AM (#5917793)
What is the worry exactly?

That Ross - as a former teammate - won't garner the necessary respect from the players?

I think that's a fair agnostic concern; but this is a good group of guys. There's no one I particularly worry about running amok -- it's not like we've got any real Milton Bradleys or Carlos Zambranos or even John Lackeys who need to be 'handled'....
   5. McCoy Posted: January 21, 2020 at 12:08 PM (#5917804)
About the only two things Ross needs to do is keep the clubhouse from destroying itself and know how to manage bullpen usage. That's about all the duties a manager has nowadays in terms of the on field game and some clubs even take the managing the pen away from the manager as well.

At this point I think we've gotten to the same point that the NFL has which is that having a head guy for the onfield product is largely ceremonially and has to do with the paycheck.

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