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David Ross named ESPN MLB analyst

Grandpa Rossy has a new job.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Since his retirement from baseball David Ross has been on “Dancing With The Stars,” been named a Cubs special assistant and done some freelance TV work for ESPN.

Now, the Worldwide Leader has named him an analyst for its MLB coverage, SportsCenter and select MLB games:

I’m excited to dive right in and start talking baseball with my new colleagues at ESPN, said David Ross. “It truly is the worldwide leader in sports and I’m grateful for the opportunity to join this incredible team. We’re going to have a lot of fun this season.”

Seth Markman, ESPN coordinating producer, said of Ross:

David is a proven leader with a natural combination of charisma, candor and humor which lends itself well to a media career. The expertise he’s amassed during his memorable career, which includes the unique experience of winning World Series Championships with two iconic franchises, will greatly benefit our audience.”

I’m still holding out hope that within the next few years, Ross will come back to the Cubs as a coach, perhaps someday to succeed Joe Maddon as manager. While his baseball expertise plays well on TV, I believe he’d be an excellent coach or manager.

Ross turns 41 in March, so he’s certainly got plenty of time to decide his next career path. Congratulations to him on his new assignments.