David Ross’ baseball knowledge was seen to be quite valuable to young Cubs players during the two years he played for the team.
The Cubs are going to take advantage of that knowledge. Friday they named Ross special assistant to baseball operations. According to a press release from the team, in his new role Ross will contribute to all elements within the Cubs’ baseball operations department, including major-league operations, player development, pro scouting and work within the front office. Ross will also assist in evaluating amateur players leading up to the draft, among additional responsibilities and opportunities throughout the year.
Ross had expressed an interest in spending more time with his family on his retirement, and this role appears to allow him to contribute as much as he can while still doing that.
Perhaps in the future, Ross can take on a full-time coaching role, when he feels ready to resume the travel that such a role would require. In the meantime, I think we’re all glad to have him back on board with the front office.