New York Yankees Target Former Cubs Manager as Potential Bench Coach Successor…

The New York Yankees are in search of a new bench coach following Carlos Mendoza’s departure to the New York Mets as their manager.

They have expressed interest in David Ross, a former Chicago Cubs manager and player with a background similar to current Yankees manager Aaron Boone. The Athletic reported that the Yankees approached Ross, who previously worked with Boone at ESPN in 2017.

However, Ross, who was fired by the Cubs on November 6, reportedly has a preference for a managerial role if he returns to the game.

The report indicates that Ross has not committed to any managerial openings with the San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers, and Houston Astros, leaving his future uncertain.

Ross, a two-time World Series champion catcher, had a 262-284 regular-season record in four seasons with the Cubs, leading them to the playoffs in 2020 and concluding with an 83-79 team in 2023.

In response to his dismissal, Ross expressed gratitude for the four years he spent managing the Cubs, acknowledging the positive impact the organization had on his life. Despite the unexpected firing, he spoke appreciatively of the people he worked with.

The Yankees are reportedly considering other candidates for the bench coach position, including third-base coach Luis Rojas, former manager Brad Ausmus, and Andrew Bailey, the pitching coach for the San Francisco Giants and a New Jersey native who pitched for the Yankees in 2015. The team is exploring various options as they seek to fill the vacancy left by Mendoza.

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