Originally written April 27, 2013 on NESN.com:
BOSTON — David Ross could have maintained the .120 average he entered Friday’s game with for the rest of the season and he still would have held some value. If he starts delivering at the plate, the Red Sox are receiving a bonus. Ross came to Boston as one of baseball’s most respected backup catchers, yet it had nothing to do with his offensive potential. Ross hit just .256 in 176 at-bats last season, and he entered Friday’s game as a career .236 hitter. Sure, he has shown flashes of offense throughout his 12-year career — like his 21 homers in 90 games in 2006 or his .392 on-base percentage in 59 games in 2010 — but Ross’ real bread and butter has always been excelling in areas that are much more difficult to quantify. Ross’ game-calling is considered to be among baseball’s best, his defense and propensity for throwing out would-be base stealers is top notch, and his leadership is something younger players admire. That’s a solid formula for carving out a career as a big league back...
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