OV Sesquiannual Facepalm 11.18.15: Cubs opening a hardware store

Cubs pulling in some serious hardware In a move that shocked no one outside a few BFIB and Edinson Volquez backers, Kris Bryant was the unanimous winner of the NL Rookie of the Year award. Joe Maddon won the Manager of the Year award, and the only disappointment was that he was live at his bar for the announcement rather than on the Cousin Eddie. Jake Arrieta goes for...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs' Ross hints at retirement after 2016 season

David Ross hit .176 with nine runs batted in for the Cubs in 2015. Jasen Vinlove USA TODAY SportsFor Chicago Cubs' catcher David Ross, it appears retirement is on the horizon for the 14-year MLB veteran. In an interview with MLB Network Radio, Ross eluded that the 2016 season will likely be his last. "I think this is probably going to be it for me," he told MLB Network Radio on...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cespedes nails Castro with rocket throw home

By now, you would think MLB teams have enough video evidence and scouting reports to know that trying to score a run when Yoenis Cespedes fields a ball is probably a bad idea. The dude has a cannon for a right arm that will gun baserunners down. The latest example of that happened in the fifth inning of Saturday’s NLCS Game 1 between the Cubs and Mets. With the score tied 1...
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October 17, 2015  |  Discuss

David Ross Explains Role In Cubs-Pirates Brawl, Sean Rodriguez Scrap

Tempers flared Wednesday night at PNC Park. An unlikely player was in the middle of the drama. Chicago Cubs catcher Davis Ross, known across Major League Baseball as a consummate professional, was involved in a dust-up with Pittsburgh Pirates utility player Sean Rodriguez when the benches cleared in the seventh inning of the teams’ National League Wild Card Game. The incident stemmed...
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October 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Sox-Connected Cubbies Win Wild Card Over Bucs, 4-0

(Getty Images)Jon Lester, David Ross, Anthony Rizzo, Quintin Berry, Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer—even "consultants" Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis! These are some of the Red Sox connections on this year's Chicago Cubs ballclub. Last night, the North Siders blanked the home-town Pirates 4-0 in yet another stunning pitching display by Baltimore Oriole cast-off Jake Arrieta. Can you...
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October 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Which Red Sox player will you watch in postseason?

Eric D. Schabell Contributing Writer What? Red Sox in the 2015 postseason?Not really, but there are quite a few previous players still making a run elsewhere at another World Series Ring.Let's see who might be of interest to watch this postseason. Below the overview, with thanks to Rob Bradford, to help you when channel hopping to watch your favorite players at the plate or on the...
Via RedSoxLife
October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild Card Roster Predictions

Reports have indicated that the Cubs are toying with either a 16-9 or 15-10 position players to pitchers roster for the Wild Card game. Here's my quick take on the likely roster:C: Miguel MonteroC: David Ross1B: Anthony Rizzo2B: Starlin CastroIF: Javier BaezIF: Tommy La StellaSS: Addison Russell3B: Kris BryantOF: Dexter FowlerOF: Kyle SchwarberOF: Chris CoghlanOF: Jorge SolerOF:...
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September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Respected Ross Putting Experience to Work

When David Ross signed with the Cubs two days before Christmas, 2014, few expected him to bring much to the table with his bat in the new season. That’s good; low expectations have thereby saved thousands of fans from disappointment. Ross has put up a .211 TAv over 168 plate appearances in 2015, which is […]
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September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

The David Ross Effect

*All stats are through September 1, unless otherwise noted The Babe Ruth Impression In recent seasons, a late July swoon on the North Side would hardly be cause for panic, as teams already going nowhere had little else to lose. In 2015, however, the post All-Star break malaise was putting a damper on the most exciting and promising Chicago Cubs season in nearly a decade. On July...
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September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Maddon jokes Ross' relief work and HR must be first since Babe Ruth

With the wild-card contending Chicago Cubs getting blown out Sunday by the last-place Philadelphia Phillies one day after being no-hit, and on the verge of being swept, catcher David Ross provided a little relief, and maybe even a release for the struggling club. The 38-year-old backup catcher was summoned to take the mound to mop things up in the ninth. Making his second pitching...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Ex-Red Sox Catcher David Ross Pitches Perfect Inning, Hits Home Run (Videos)

David Ross: Greatest baseball player of all-time. OK, not really. But the former Boston Red Sox backstop had himself a game in Sunday’s 11-5 loss, though all in one inning of work. With Ross’ Chicago Cubs being blown out 11-4 by the Philadelphia Phillies the day after getting no-hit for the first time in 50 years by Cole Hamels, the 38-year-old entered the game to help save the...
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July 26, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cubs catcher Ross mouths off from the dugout, gets tossed

Cubs catcher David Ross wasn't pleased with home plate umpire Paul Schrieber during Monday night's game against the Cincinnati Reds. Thing is, Ross wasn't even playing. He got infuriated from the dugout while Dexter Fowler was at the plate. Ross was screaming from the dugout, Schrieber told him to hush up, Ross responded and then got the hook. The video shows the outburst, and you...
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July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Jon Lester, David Ross and Miguel Montero

Last night was a good night for Jon Lester and the Chicago Cubs, until the seventh inning. With David Ross hitting the seven day disabled list, that meant that everyone’s dream would come true and Miguel Montero would finally be the starting catcher for Lester; which would prove that Ross was just taking up a roster spot. This is a hope for fans, because some believe that means...
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July 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs place Ross on disabled list

  The Cubs have placed catcher David Ross on the seven-day disabled list with a mild concussion, according to CSN Chicago. "I was a little off a couple days ago. I'm probably always a little off. It's hard to tell what's norm for me," Ross joked to CSN Chicago. "I had a three-day headache that was going on and some nausea and some small symptoms that were going on the day after...
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July 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs select Richard's contract, place Ross on 7-day DL

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs have selected left-hander Clayton Richard's contract from Triple-A Iowa in time for Saturday's start against the Miami Marlins and placed catcher David Ross on the seven-day concussion disabled list. They also selected catcher Taylor Teagarden's contract from Iowa and optioned right-hander Donn Roach to Triple-A on Saturday. Infielder Tommy La Stella...
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July 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon’s Magician Visit One of Many Tricks up Chicago Cubs Skipper’s Sleeves

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon center, argues with home plate umpire Andy Fletcher right, as catcher David Ross left, looks on during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Chicago. Los Angeles won 4-0. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty) However trivial it may have seemed, Joe Maddon’s decision to hold a meeting in the visitor’s...
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July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Holy Sh*t! Rajai Davis Robs David Ross With An Amazing Catch

Get ready to watch one of the most athletic plays you’ll ever see a baseball player make. In the second inning of Tuesday night’s game between the Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers, Rajai Davis robbed David Ross of a two-run home run. It wasn’t your usual home run-robbing catch; Davis showed us all just how high he is able to jump. Davis raced back toward left-center field, timed...
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June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch: Rajai Davis leaping catch robs David Ross of home run

Giving up the home run ball has been a problem for Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez this season. He’s served up 13 long balls this season, tied for the most among AL pitchers. That’s quite a spike for a pitcher who allowed 25 homers combined during his past three seasons. Facing the Cubs Tuesday night, Sanchez was about to give up home run No. 14 to David Ross. But Rajai Davis helped...
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June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch: Rajai Davis leaping catch robs David Ross of home run

Giving up the home run ball has been a problem for Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez this season. He’s served up 13 long balls this season, tied for the most among AL pitchers. That’s quite a spike for a pitcher who allowed 25 homers combined during his past three seasons. Facing the Cubs Tuesday night, Sanchez was about to give up home run No. 14 to David Ross. But Rajai Davis helped...
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June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Is David Ross Really That Bad?

by CubsfaninCA A lot of people have been complaining since we signed David Ross.  Many felt we had to give up a better catcher (Welly) for very little as a result. Others say Lester shouldn’t have a “personal catcher.” But mostly everyone talks about how he’s an automatic out in the lineup.  Well, folks, he’s a backup catcher. They have been a topic on Cubs message boards...
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June 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs 2, Nats 1 (6/4/15)

OSS: David Ross bails out a shaky Hector Rondon in a poorly umpired game. Three up 1. David Ross ended the game on a pickoff throw to first base that probably should have been called safe. He threw out three baserunners on the day, though two of them could have been safe… Solid defense by Addison Russell and Anthony Rizzo late in the game helped keep it close. 2. Jake Arrieta was...
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June 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs 2, Royals 1 (5/31/15)

(Now with correct score!) OSS: The wind was the true winner of this game. Three up: 1. The wind was certainly helping all the pitchers today, but members of the Cubs pen not named Travis Wood came through today. Wood aside, they pitched 5 1/3 innings of shutout ball, allowing just one hit, two walks, and striking out seven. Grimm had the best performance, striking out three out of...
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June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Ross hits winning single in 11th, Cubs beat Royals 2-1

CHICAGO (AP) David Ross hit an RBI single with one out in the 11th inning Sunday, lifting the Chicago Cubs over the Kansas City Royals 2-1. The Cubs and Royals split the abbreviated two-game series. Saturday's game was rained out and will be made up at Wrigley Field during the last week of the regular season. Ross delivered the fifth game-ending hit of his career, a bases-loaded...
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May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

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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May 21, 2015  |  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...
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May 18, 2015  |  Discuss
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