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.

Rays moving spring camp due to damage caused by hurricane

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays are relocating their spring base for 2023 due to extensive damage to team training facilities caused by Hurricane Ian.

The Rays have trained since 2009 in Port Charlotte, Florida, about 90 minutes south of St. Petersburg, and intend to explore several options before making a decision on where to hold spring training and play Grapefruit League games when camp opens.

The team and Charlotte County released a joint statement Thursday, saying damage to Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte can’t be repaired in time to host games this winter.

“Charlotte County supports the Rays efforts to secure alternative accommodations for 2023 spring training,” the statement said.

“We are all disappointed for the residents of Charlotte County and the fans there. The community is in the thoughts and hearts of the Rays, and the team will continue to support recovery efforts,” the statement added. “The Rays and Charlotte County intend to develop a restoration plan for Charlotte Sports Park in the coming weeks.”