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David Ross signs a multi-year extension with ESPN

... so dreams of him as Cubs bench coach probably aren’t going to turn to reality.

David Ross with the ESPN Baseball Tonight crew at Wrigley Field in 2017
Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images

David Ross is one of the most beloved Cubs of the 2016 World Series championship team, and many have hoped that he would eventually become a member of the Cubs coaching staff, especially after he was hired as a special assistant in the Cubs front office.

Ross has also done quite a bit of broadcasting for ESPN, and Tuesday the network announced that Ross had signed a multi-year contract extension with them to continue working on baseball broadcasts. Ross will regularly call ESPN’s weeknight MLB game telecasts and appear on Baseball Tonight, including at the World Series, MLB All-Star and the Little League World Series. He will also contribute analysis to SportsCenter and Get Up!

Ross said in a press release, “ESPN truly is a family environment and I’m so fortunate to work with great people both on-camera and behind-the-scenes. I love the job so much that it hardly feels like work. For instance, last season I had the opportunity to call telecasts ranging from MLB’s Game 163 to the Little League World Series. I couldn’t be happier to continue my broadcasting career at ESPN and I’m ready for the 2019 season to begin.”

The ESPN release notes that Ross will continue his role as a special assistant in the Cubs organization, and Jed Hoyer recently stated that the Cubs want Ross to spend more time around the team in 2019.

But that “more time” apparently won’t include full-time work as a bench coach. The Cubs’ bench coach position remains vacant after Brandon Hyde departed to become manager of the Orioles.

As always, we await developments.