David Ross named finalist for NL Manager of the Year


Cubs manager David Ross led the Cubs back to the postseason in 2020 and he's been recognized for those efforts in a big way.

Ross has been named one of three finalists for National League Manager of the Year, along with the Marlins’ Don Mattingly and the Padres' Jayce Tingler.

Ross, in his first season managing, led the Cubs to a 34-26 record (fourth-best in the NL), their first postseason berth since 2018 and first division title since 2017. No Cubs players tested positive for COVID-19 this season, from intake testing at the start of summer camp onward.

Mattingly led Miami to a 31-29 record and first postseason berth since 2003 despite a COVID-19 outbreak that sidelined them for eight days at the start of the season. Eighteen players tested positive, and the Marlins wound up using 61 players — 18 making their MLB debuts — and making 174 roster moves in the two-month season.

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In his first season managing, Tingler led the Padres to their first postseason berth since 2006. The Padres finished 37-23, second-best in the NL.

Four Cubs skippers have won Manager of the Year: Jim Frey (1984), Don Zimmer (1989), Lou Piniella (2008) and Joe Maddon (2015). Ross could follow Frey and Maddon to do so in his first season with the team.

Winners will be announced on Nov. 10 at 5.p.m. CT on MLB Network. Members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America cast their ballots before the postseason.

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