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David Ross considering joining Cubs’ front office

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Retired major league catcher David Ross is considering an opportunity to join the Cubs’ front office, according to Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago. Ross says he has “three or four things” he needs to “sift through” and discuss with his family.

“I’m still going to stay in baseball. I feel like I’m connected to the Cubs for life — or (at least) I want to be. For me to not take advantage of the knowledge that front office has would be naive. There’s a lot of Hall of Famers in that front office. And I want to get to know that side of things. So, yeah, I’m sure there’s something that’s going to work out in the future with the Cubs. But I have a lot of other commitments and things I want to do (while trying) to get a life after baseball where I keep my foot in the door some way,” Ross said.

At the winter meetings last week, GM Jed Hoyer said, “There’s definitely interest on our part. It would seem almost a shame if he wasn’t (around). He was such a big part of what we did from a team-chemistry standpoint. Probably no one has a better feel for what we’ll need — what tweaks we’ll need in the clubhouse or what’s going on — than he will. So I think having him around in the next few years (would be) really valuable.”

Ross and co-author Don Yaeger have a book coming out through Hachette Book Group called Teammate: My Life in Baseball which is expected to be released in May.

A-Rod to join ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball booth

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Alex Rodriguez’s post-retirement renaissance continues apace. After starring as a studio host for Fox’s playoff coverage over the past couple of years, A-Rod is about to be named to, arguably, televised baseball’s top job: color commentary in ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball booth.

Michael McCarthy of The Sporting News is hearing that ESPN is going to give the gig, vacated by Aaron Boone by virtue of his hiring by the Yankees, to Rodriguez. There he’ll join Jessica Mendoza and whoever they get to replace play-by-play man Dan Shulman, who chose to step back from the Sunday night job following last season. This, by the way, marks the second time A-Rod has taken over Aaron Boone’s job given that he replaced Boone at third base for the Yankees in 2004.

The twist: A-Rod is likely to keep his Fox postseason job too. While some broadcasters work for multiple networks, it’s pretty rare for Fox to allow its talents to work for competitors like that. Apparently they believe keeping A-Rod — who five years ago was one of the most despised figures in baseball — is worth it. What a difference a few years makes.

In other news, Alex Rodriguez is likely to be shunned mightily by the current crop of BBWAA voters when he hits the Hall of Fame ballot in a couple of years. At the rate he’s going, though, their successors will put him in Cooperstown via the Ford Frick Award sometime in the 2040s.