Once beaten down by years of losing, Cubs' Castro is a star reborn

The Chicago Cubs’ two new veteran catchers, Miguel Montero and David Ross, weren’t impressed by shortstop Starlin Castro in spring training. Montero says Castro was, “a little bit too cool for school.” Ross says he actually was worried, wondering if Castro lacked fire. Neither catcher is worried now. Nor is any other Cubs player, coach or team executive. While the Cubs...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs’ Prospects Show Early Success

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, right, celebrates with closer Travis Wood, left, and catcher David Ross after they defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 in a baseball game Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) There was hope around Chicago’s north side heading into the baseball season this year. The Chicago Cubs have always been surrounded with hope...
Via The Sports Journal
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Answer to Lester’s Pick Off Problems Could Be Welington Castillo

The book on Jon Lester has been written.  He hates throwing to first base.  Because of that, teams are more aggressive in their leads and they are much more willing to attempt steals against him.  Already this season Lester has allowed 13 stolen bases, after today’s game.  That is well beyond the pace of the highest of his career, which is 22. Solving the stolen base parade...
Via World Series Dreaming
13 days ago  |  Discuss

David Ross: Blake Swihart Faces ‘Learning Curve’ In Jump To Red Sox

This embed is invalid" /> Blake Swihart has been a major league catcher for all of two weeks. There will be growing pains. Just ask David Ross, a 14-year veteran who signed with the Chicago Cubs over the offseason after spending the last two seasons with the Boston Red Sox. Ross told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford by phone earlier this week he couldn...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates (17-18) vs Chicago Cubs (19-15)

The Pirates are coming off a split with their cross-state ‘rivals’, and if you had asked me four days ago which of these NL Central-NL East four game sets was going to be a sweep, I would have bet heavily on the Pirates. But that’s baseball. A lot of their position players have been underperforming this year, including last year’s breakout player Josh Harrison, who has a...
Via Obstructed View
14 days ago  |  Discuss

David Ross tosses a perfect 1-2-3 Inning for Cubs

Something unexpected, yet fun, happened during the eighth inning of yesterday’s 12-4 shellacking of the Chicago Cubs in Miller Park: David Ross got to pitch. After Cubs starter Travis Wood gave up six runs on six hits, the bullpen fared no better again a newly charged Milwaukee Brewers offense that had been inept as best this season prior to the arrival of new manager Craig Counsell...
Via Baseball Essential
19 days ago  |  Discuss

A Mothers Day Smorgasbord of Cubs Silliness

At some point in tonight’s Cubs loss, I shut off the radio for the night and decided to call my grandmother in Hong Kong.  Since HK is on the other side of the International Date Line, they were already at Sunday and celebrating Mothers Day, so I got to chat with her for a bit before she decided to do her exercises and prepare for dim sum.  Grandma is cool. I’m not about dwelling...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Why ESPN’s new K-Zone should be given a chance

ESPN kicked off the MLB season on Sunday night by airing the Cardinals-Cubs game from a half-rebuilt Wrigley Field. The Cardinals jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, and the game slowed to a crawl thanks to Chicago’s ineptness when it came to bringing home runners. But the real story for viewers at home was some of ESPN’s new graphics packages, including their implementation of...
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April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Theo Hires Manny As Cubs Hitting Consultant

Jon Lester, David Ross, Kevin Youkilis—and now, Manny Ramirez! The Chicago Cubs announced today that they have hired Manny to be a major-league hitting consultant. Last week, it was reported that Youk was also hired by Theo Epstein as a part-time scouting and player development consultant. Be honest, whenever you think of Manny and Youk, you think: "Consltant". Anyway, Theo made...
Via FenwayNation
February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

David Ross Explains Choosing Cubs Over Red Sox In ‘Crazy’ Free Agency

David Ross’ free agency wasn’t without drama. Ross, who spent the last two seasons with the Boston Red Sox, recently signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Chicago Cubs. The decision capped an interesting offseason on the open market that culminated with a “crazy” final day, the catcher recently told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. “€œKind of the deciding factor...
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December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

David Ross To Red Sox Fans: Boston Will Always Hold Special Place In My Heart

David Ross sounds like he didn’t take his time in Boston for granted. The veteran catcher reportedly signed a contract with the Chicago Cubs earlier this week, joining Jon Lester on the North Side and ending his time with the Red Sox. He tweeted his appreciation for Red Sox Nation on Saturday morning. Thx for all the kind words & support. Boston will always hold a special...
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December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Sign Lester’s Former Teammate

The Chicago Cubs have signed catcher David Ross to a two-year deal. Ross spent the last two seasons with the Boston Red Sox and hit .184 with seven home runs and 15 RBI in 50 games. Ross, who will turn 38 this spring, often caught for Jon Lester in Boston during the past two seasons, including both of the left-hander’s starts in the 2013 World Series victory. The contract will...
Via Sports Mockery
December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs, Lester former batterymate Ross reach 2-year deal

  David Ross and the Chicago Cubs agreed on a two-year contract worth $5 million, reuniting the catcher with frequent batterymate Jon Lester. The sides made the free-agent deal Friday. Ross often caught Lester in Boston during the past two seasons, including both of the left-hander's starts in the 2013 World Series victory. Ross started behind the plate for Lester's last 11 starts...
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December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Trade Will Middlebrooks To Padres For Catcher Ryan Hanigan

This embed is invalid" /> Two of this offseason’s busiest teams crossed paths Friday. The Red Sox and Padres confirmed a trade that sends catcher Ryan Hanigan to Boston and third baseman Will Middlebrooks to San Diego. A source told Yahoo! Sports Jeff Passan of the deal earlier in the day. WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford, who heard the same thing from...
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December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs and catcher David Ross reach 2-year deal

CHICAGO (AP) David Ross and the Chicago Cubs have agreed on a two-year contract worth $5 million, reuniting the catcher with frequent batterymate Jon Lester. The sides made the free-agent deal Friday. Ross often caught Lester in Boston during the past two seasons, including both of the left-hander's starts in the 2013 World Series victory. Ross started behind the plate for Lester...
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December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: David Ross, Chicago Cubs Agree To Two-Year, $5 Million Contract

David Ross is joining his old batterymate. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Friday that the veteran catcher agreed to a two-year, $5 million contract with the Chicago Cubs, joining his former Boston Red Sox teammate Jon Lester. The Red Sox, along with the San Diego Padres, also extended an offer to Ross. Ross, who turns 38 in March, didn’t give...
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December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Other Shoe Drops—Padres Sign David Ross

Literally minutes after a reported trade of catcher (and Andover High School alum) Ryan Hanigan to Boston, the San Diego Padres scooped up former Red Sox backstop David Ross. In 2014—until the late-season emergence of Christan Vazquez—Ross was part of one of the worst Boston catching tandems in history with A.J. Pierzynski. However, Ross will always be remembered as catching...
Via FenwayNation
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Ex-Boston Red Sox David Ross To Sign With San Diego Padres

This embed is invalid" /> David Ross isn’t returning to Boston or following Jon Lester to Chicago. Ross is signing with the San Diego Padres, according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. The veteran catcher was choosing between the Red Sox, Cubs and Padres as of Wednesday evening, according to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. The Red Sox still need a backup...
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December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: David Ross, Craig Breslow Still Free-Agent Options For Red Sox

This embed is invalid" /> Jon Lester isn’t walking through that door. But a couple of other Boston Red Sox free agents could return. Catcher David Ross and reliever Craig Breslow still are in the mix for the Red Sox, according to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. Boston reportedly has competition for both players’ services. A major league source told...
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December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

David Ross Picking Among Sox And Two Others

(USAToday Sports)According to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, catcher David Ross is deciding whether to return to the Red Sox or move on to the Chicago Cubs or San Diego Padres. Since Ross was essentially Jon Lester's personal catcher in his time here, our guess is he goes to The Windy City to join the lefty. If Ross does depart, it will open the possibility of Boston committing the backstop...
Via FenwayNation
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Reports: David Ross, Jonny Gomes Could Be Following Jon Lester To Cubs

The Chicago Cubs look like they’re having a Red Sox reunion on the North Side. The Cubs sent shockwaves through baseball late Tuesday night when they reportedly signed free-agent pitcher Jon Lester to a six-year, $155 million contract. Now, according to reports, the Cubs might be zeroing in on a pair of Lester’s ex-teammates — catcher David Ross and outfielder Jonny Gomes....
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December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

David Ross, Jonny Gomes likely to follow Lester to Cubs

Jon Lester choosing to sign with the Chicago Cubs could have a domino effect. Some believe that Lester agreeing to a deal with the Cubs means free agents David Ross and Jonny Gomes could follow. Yahoo’s Jeff Passan said the chances the two sign with the Cubs “increases significantly.” ESPN’s Buster Olney also believes Ross...Read More
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December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox, Cubs Battling For David Ross In Addition To Jon Lester?

This embed is invalid" /> The drama could be trickling down to Jon Lester’s former battery mate. The Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs are believed to be among the finalists for Lester’s services. The two teams also appear to be among those in the mix for catcher David Ross. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told reporters Tuesday at the Major...
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December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Rumors: Cubs to meet with agent of C David Ross, could trade Welington Castillo

Even after trading for catcher Miguel Montero on Tuesday, the Chicago Cubs are still looking to upgrade behind the plate. Gordon Edens of ESPN.com announced that the Cubs plan to meet with the agent for catcher David Ross, who was Jon Lester's catcher while with the Boston Red Sox. Cubs have meeting planned with David Ross’s agent tonight. Ross still in mix for Boston as well—...
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December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Ex-Red Sox David Ross: Free Agency Process ‘Humbling’ Late In Career

This embed is invalid" /> David Ross will turn 38 in March. He’s coming off a bad season and his impact offensively has been minimal the last two years. So why, then, is Ross reportedly garnering plenty of interest in free agency? Well, Ross is one of the most respected players in Major League Baseball. Even though he’s unlikely to post big numbers...
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December 09, 2014  |  Discuss
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