MESA, Ariz. – Joe Maddon isn't satisfied with just David Ross on "Dancing with the Stars."
The Cubs manager doesn't want to stop with just "Grandpa Rossy," the former catcher turned front office executive.
Maddon also wants to see charismatic infielder Munenori Kawasaki and young shortstop Addison Russell make an appearance on the ABC show.
"He's got talent," Maddon said of Kawasaki, the 35-year-old Japanese infielder who dazzled teammates, coaches and the media with a stirring rendition of "Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" in karaoke in his first Cubs camp last year.
Kawasaki also starred in a recently-released commercial for Japanese beer and he's one of the best interviews around.
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Russell, meanwhile, is the 23-year-old shortstop with all-world athleticism and dance moves reminiscent of Michael Jackson.
Case in point:
Just having some fun last night:) pic.twitter.com/DzI0nR5oM2— Addison Russell (@Addison_Russell) February 18, 2016
"He's got the best feet, he can do the backward flip standsill; there's so many things," Maddon said. "He loves to dance. He's the guy I'd like to see eventually. They'd just have to film it maybe in January [when it would work with Russell's schedule.]"
Maddon admitted Russell would have to be his own choreographer and wouldn't need much help from the professionals on "Dancing with the Stars."
Russell said he has not yet had a conversation with Ross before "Dancing with the Stars" starts filming, but joked he does have high expectations for the former catcher.