David Ross (baseball)
Ross in 2012
|Boston Red Sox – No. 3|
March 19, 1977 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|June 28, 2002 for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
(through May 5, 2013)
|Runs batted in||253|
David Wade Ross (born March 19, 1977) is an American professional baseball catcher with the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). Ross played college baseball for Auburn University and the University of Florida, and participated in two College World Series. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers, and has played for six different Major League teams.
Early years 
Ross was born in Bainbridge, Georgia in 1977. He attended Florida State University's laboratory school, Florida High School, in Tallahassee, Florida, where he played high school baseball for the Florida High School Seminoles.
College career 
Ross received an athletic scholarship to attend Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, where he played college baseball for the Auburn Tigers baseball team from 1996 to 1997. He transferred to the University of Florida after the 1997 season, and played one additional season of college baseball for the Florida Gators baseball team in 1998. Ross is one of a very few players to play in the College World Series with two different colleges, first with the Tigers in 1997, and then the Gators in 1998. After his junior season with the Gators, Ross decided to forgo his final season of NCAA eligibility, and entered the Major League Baseball Draft.
Professional career 
Los Angeles Dodgers (2002-2004) 
Although Ross was originally drafted in the 19th round of the 1995 amateur draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers, he did not sign and instead accepted a scholarship to attend Auburn. In 1998, the Dodgers again selected Ross in the 7th round of the amateur draft. He signed and made his major league debut on June 28, 2002, and was with the team until 2004. On September 2, 2002, Ross hit his first career home run off Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Mark Grace. The Dodgers were winning 18-0, and the Diamondbacks put Grace in to pitch, after he volunteered, to rest the bullpen. Ross' Dodger career was stagnated, however, by the large number of catchers in the Dodger system. Throughout his Dodger tenure Ross would battle teammates like Brent Mayne, Koyie Hill, and Todd Hundley for the role as starter.
Pittsburgh Pirates/San Diego Padres (2005) 
Ross was sold by the Dodgers to the Pittsburgh Pirates on March 30, 2005. After 40 games with the Pirates, he was traded to the San Diego Padres on July 28, 2005 for infielder J. J. Furmaniak. He played in only 11 games with the Padres.
Cincinnati Reds (2006-2008) 
He was traded by the Padres to the Cincinnati Reds during spring training for the 2006 season. While Ross was most often used as the "personal catcher" for right-hander Bronson Arroyo, whom the Reds received in a spring training trade with the Boston Red Sox for outfielder Wily Mo Peña, the consensus among Reds fans was that Ross had proven himself deserving of being the number one catcher due to his better offensive numbers and that one of the other Reds catchers, Jason LaRue or Javier Valentín, should have been dealt (possibly as part of a package deal) for a relief pitcher. LaRue was the one most frequently cited, but no deal was made by the July 31 trade deadline.
However, on November 20, 2006, LaRue was traded to the Kansas City Royals for a player to be named later. On January 15, 2006, David Ross signed a two-year, $4.54m deal with the Reds. Ostensibly, Ross was the number one catcher.
Arguably, one of David Ross' most memorable moments as a Cincinnati Red occurred on April 26, 2006, against the Washington Nationals at the Nationals' former home field, the expansive, pitcher-friendly RFK Stadium. Facing right-hander (and former Red) Ramón Ortiz in the third inning, Ross blasted a pitch deep into the upper deck stands in right-center field. The home run traveled an estimated 474 feet (144.7 m).
Ross' 2007 season started with a 4 hits in 38 at-bats with no home runs and 17 strikeouts. On April 21, 2007, his slump hit rock bottom when with runners on 1st and 2nd, he grounded into a rare 5-4-3 triple play against the Philadelphia Phillies. Ross finished the 2007 season with a .203 batting average and 17 home runs. On August 10, 2008, Ross was designated for assignment and was released on August 18.
Boston Red Sox (2008) 
Atlanta Braves (2009-2012) 
On July 27, 2010, he signed a two-year extension to stay with the Braves through 2012.
For four seasons Ross was the Atlanta Braves secondary catcher behind Brian McCann. His hot start in the 2011 season (batting .333 after starting 7 games, with 3 home runs) has highlighted his strengths, as Ross has always been known as a strong defensive catcher. As of May 5, 2011, he has made only eight errors in the previous three complete seasons. He is frequently named by television broadcast crews as one of the best backup catchers in Major League Baseball. He is also frequently cited as one of the most-liked players in the clubhouse, and can be seen encouraging his teammates almost any time the cameras are turned on the dugout.
Second stint with the Boston Red Sox (2013-present) 
On November 10, 2012, Ross signed a two-year, $6.2 million deal to return to the Red Sox.
See also 
- September 2, 2002 Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks Play by Play and Box Score - Baseball-Reference.com
- Steve Silva (2008-08-21). "Report: Sox sign catcher Ross to minor-league deal". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-08-21.
- Mark Remme (2008-08-29). "Sox call up Ross, send Casey to DL". MLB.com. Retrieved 2008-08-30.
- Bowman, Mark (2008-12-05). "Braves sign Ross to two-year deal". MLB.com. Retrieved 2009-11-18.
- Rosenthal, Ken (2010-07-27). "Report: Ross, Braves reach two-year extension". FoxSports.com. Retrieved 2010-07-27.
- Fantasy news. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?roster_year=2010&player_id=424325&c_id=atl
- Rosenthal, Ken (November 10, 2012). "Red Sox, Ross agree to two-year deal". Fox Sports.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)