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David Ross

Atlanta Braves — No. 8
Catcher
Born: March 19, 1977 (1977-03-19) (age 32)
Bainbridge, Georgia
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
June 28, 2002 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Batting average     .228
Home runs     67
Runs batted in     174
Teams
Ross with the Cincinnati Reds on May 11, 2008.

David Ross (born March 19, 1977 in Bainbridge, Georgia) is a Major League Baseball catcher for the Atlanta Braves. The 6' 2" (1.89 m), 225 pound (102 kg) Ross bats and throws right-handed.

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College career

Ross' collegiate career began at Auburn University, but he transferred to the University of Florida after the 1997 season. He's one of a very few players to play in the College World Series with two different schools.

Professional career

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Dodgers, Pirates, and Padres

Although Ross was originally drafted in the 19th round of the 1995 amateur draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers, he did not sign and instead attended college. In 1998, the Dodgers again selected Ross in the 7th round of the amateur draft. He signed and made his major league debut on June 28, 2002, and was with the team until 2004. On September 2, 2002, Ross hit his first career home run off Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Mark Grace.[1] The Dodgers were winning 17-1, [1] and the Diamondbacks put Grace into pitch, after he volunteered, to rest the bullpen. Ross' Dodger career was stagnated, however, by the high number of catchers in the Dodger system. Throughout his Dodger tenure Ross would battle teammates like Brent Mayne, Koyie Hill, and Todd Hundley for the role as starter. In 2005, Ross split time between the San Diego Padres and the Pittsburgh Pirates. As a Pirate, he was traded to the Padres for infielder J. J. Furmaniak.

Cincinnati Reds

He was signed as a free agent by the Cincinnati Reds during spring training for the 2006 season and became a fan favorite in Cincinnati for his tape measure home runs. While Ross was most often used as the "personal catcher" for right-hander Bronson Arroyo, whom the Reds received in a spring training trade with the Boston Red Sox for outfielder Wily Mo Peña, the consensus among Reds fans was that Ross had proven himself deserving of being the number one catcher due to his better offensive numbers and that one of the other Reds catchers, Jason LaRue or Javier Valentin, should have been dealt (possibly as part of a package deal) for a relief pitcher. LaRue was the one most frequently cited, but no deal was made by the July 31 trade deadline.

However, on November 20, 2006, LaRue was traded to the Kansas City Royals for a player to be named later. On January 15, 2006, David Ross signed a two-year, $4.54m deal with the Reds. Ostensibly, Ross was the number one catcher.

Arguably, one of David Ross' most memorable moments as a Cincinnati Red occurred on April 26, 2006, against the Washington Nationals at the Nationals' former home field, the expansive, pitcher-friendly RFK Stadium. Facing right-hander (and former Red) Ramon Ortiz in the third inning, Ross blasted a pitch deep into the upper deck stands in right-center field. The home run traveled an estimated 475 feet (144.7 m).

Ross' 2007 season started with an abysmal 4 hits in 38 at-bats with no home runs and 17 strikeouts. On April 21, 2007, his slump hit rock bottom when with runners on 1st and 2nd, he grounded into rare 5-4-3 triple play against the Philadelphia Phillies. Ross finished the 2007 season with a .203 batting average and 17 home runs. On August 10, 2008, Ross was designated for assignment and was released on August 18.

Boston Red Sox

On August 22, 2008, Ross signed a minor-league contract with the Boston Red Sox,[2] and came up to the major league club on August 29.[3]

Atlanta Braves

On Friday, December 5, 2008, the Atlanta Braves signed David Ross to a two-year, $3 million deal.[4]

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