David Wade Ross (born March 19, 1977) is an American former professional baseball catcher in Major League Baseball (MLB). Ross played college baseball for Auburn University and the University of Florida, and participated in two College World Series. He started his major league career playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2002, and has also played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, and Chicago Cubs. Ross won the World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2013 and the Chicago Cubs in 2016.
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Ross was originally drafted in the 19th round of the 1995 amateur draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers, but did not sign and instead accepted a scholarship to attend Auburn University. In 1998, the Dodgers selected Ross again in the 7th round of the amateur draft.
Ross made his MLB debut on June 29, 2002, striking out as a pinch hitter. On September 2, 2002, with the Dodgers winning 18–0, the Diamondbacks put first baseman Mark Grace in to pitch, after he volunteered, to rest the bullpen. Ross hit his 1st major league home run off Grace with two outs in the 9th inning, capping a 19-1 win. Ross’s Dodger career was stagnated, however, by the large number of catchers in the Dodger system. Paul Lo Duca was the starting catcher through most of Ross’s time in Los Angeles, and teammates like Brent Mayne, Koyie Hill, and Todd Hundley competed with him for playing time. Ross was with the team until 2004. baseball jerseys wholesale
Ross hit six home runs in his first 27 career at-bats, spanning from 2002 to 2003, the 3rd most in the first 27 career at-bats in Dodgers history.
The Chicago Cubs have hired former catcher David Ross as additional helper to baseball operations.
Ross retired following the 2016 season after the Cubs beated the Cleveland Indians in seven games to win the World Series. At age 39, 228 days, Ross — who spent two seasons with the Cubs — became the oldest player to hit a home run in a Game 7 of a World Series.
Known as “Grandpa Rossy,” Ross was carried off the field by his teammates following the Game 7 victory that earned the Cubs their first World Series title in 108 years.
A career .229 hitter, Ross spent 15 years in the majors with seven teams. He had formerly won the pennant with the Boston Red Sox in 2013.
According to the team, Ross will aid with major league operations, player development, pro scouting and work within the Cubs’ front office.