Former major league catcher David Ross didn’t enter Game 7 of the World Series until the fifth inning, but his presence was immediately felt and not in a great way. Starter Kyle Hendricks issued a two-out walk to Carlos Santana, prompting manager Joe Maddon to make a double-switch. Ross replaced Willson Contreras behind the plate and Jon Lester relieved Hendricks. On the first at-bat, Jason Kipnis hit a tapper to the left side. Ross pounced on it but made a poor throw to first base, allowing Santana to move to third base and Kipnis to second. Then, with a 0-1 count on Francisco Lindor, Lester uncorked a wild pitch that Ross couldn’t handle. The ball caromed off of his mask towards the first base dugout. Ross got up to give chase but immediately lost his footing. Both Santana and Kipnis scored on the play, reducing the Cubs’ lead to 5-3.
Ross would redeem himself the next inning by drilling a solo home run to center field off of feared lefty reliever Andrew Miller, his former teammate with the Red Sox. The Cubs, as we know, would eventually defeat the Indians 8-7 in 10 innings to win the 2016 World Series. It was a storybook ending for Ross, who planned to retire no matter what happened. He was hoisted on the shoulders of his teammates as they celebrated at Progressive Field.
Ross appeared on MLB Network to discuss all of that and it’s rather interesting, especially the way he broke down his at-bat against Miller.
The substance of the report is not shocking. Francisco Lindor is one of baseball’s brightest young stars and the Cleveland Indians would, no doubt, wish to lock him up for an extended period of time. The surprising part is the guy who reported that, yes, the Indians are working to get Lindor a seven-year extension.
That guy: six-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff. Brody was invited into the team’s broadcast booth during the ninth inning of their game against the Chicago White Sox. Indians announcer Tom Hamilton asked, no doubt jokingly, if his working on anything interesting. Brody:
“He’s trying to get, um, Lindor to play for seven more years,”
Again, not shocking. It would’ve been way worse if Brody had said “Dad’s working on a three-way deal that’ll send Naquin to an NL team in order to affect a three-way trade that’ll land us Verlander without having to deal directly with a divisional rival.” But I imagine Dad still would’ve preferred he not mention that.
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.