More David Ross news, as the already-beloved former Cub gets another new gig:
David Ross is now a colleague. He's joining ESPN as an analyst
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) January 30, 2017
Ross, who officially joined the Cubs’ front office as a special assistant to baseball operations earlier this month, has some experience doing broadcasting hits in the past (I’ve seen him do it, and he’s friendly, enthusiastic, and solid). I would assume, given his new gig with the Cubs, and his time with family, Ross will be a periodic studio visitor, offering insights here and there. I would also assume that he’s going to be fairly popular, since people just really seem to like him.
Other former Cubs players have had this kind of dual role going on, as Rick Sutcliffe has helped out in Spring Training while also continuing his job with ESPN, and Ryan Dempster worked with the Cubs’ front office while appearing on MLB Network as an analyst.
That is all to say there’s no real issue in Ross having both roles, and it will give him an opportunity to dip his toe in a variety of things in his immediate post-playing days. As we discussed recently, where Ross goes from here – deeper in the front office, back into the dugout, or maybe even into the broadcast booth – is fairly wide open. Here’s hoping the Cubs can keep him in the organization for the long-term, though.