The annual Cubs Convention kicks off today, and with it comes the ever-present hope of an unexpected, but pleasant announcement.
And while we’ll likely finish the weekend still holding our breathe for a Jake Arrieta extension, the Cubs do have a different, but still awesome bit of news to share:
Welcome back @D_Ross3!
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) January 13, 2017
WOOT WOOT! Although it was long rumored and heavily hoped for by fans, David Ross will indeed be sticking with the Chicago Cubs for a bit while longer starting in 2017!
According to the press release, the Chicago Cubs today named David Ross to the role of special assistant to baseball operations – a similar role the last fan-favorite back-up catcher, John Baker, took within the organization. Lovely.
More details surrounding his new role, via the release:
In his new role with the organization, Ross will contribute to all elements within the club’s baseball operations department, including major league operations, player development, pro scouting and work within the front office. He will also assist in evaluating amateur players leading up to the draft among additional responsibilities and opportunities throughout the year.
It’s worth remembering that although Ross has spent the last two seasons of his career with Chicago and is familiar with this front office, he did spend 15 seasons with seven different Major League clubs. He was also thought to have many other options (how could he not?) and was even considering taking some time off from baseball altogether.
That he chose to stick around here, then, is a pretty nice compliment.
Then again, he did accomplish a heck of a lot in his final season in Chicago:
In his final season, David Ross
1. Reached 100 HRs
2. Caught a No-hitter
3. Hit a home run in the World Series
4. Won the WS with the Cubs
— Michael Cerami (@Michael_Cerami) November 3, 2016
I’m sure I can speak for all of us when I say how thrilled I am to have Ross back with the Cubs. His leadership and attitude was extremely contagious and he’ll certainly be a part of Cubs’ lore forever.