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David Ross backed up Ben Davis on the US team that won Bronze at the 1994 World Junior Championship. He was 0 for 7 in the event. A year later, he was again 0 for 7 in the Championship backing up Justin Lehr but the US won Gold. He was a teammate of Josh Fogg at Florida, and again later with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Playing for the Chicago Cubs in his 14th major league season in 2015, he got to make the first pitching appearances of his professional career. On May 9th, he pitched a scoreless inning of mop-up relief in a 12-4 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, then repeated the feat against the Philadelphia Phillies on July 26th. That day, he came up to bat in the bottom of the 9th and hit a solo homer off Hector Neris, becoming the first Cubs reliever to hit a long ball since Carlos Marmol in 2006. He announced before the 2016 season that it would be his last as a pro. He figured to play little as the Cubs' third catcher, mainly playing on days when Jon Lester, his former teammate with the Boston Red Sox, was pitching but plans changed when C/OF Kyle Schwarber suffered a season-ending injury in the first week of the season. That moved David's status up to principal back-up of starting C Miguel Montero. On April 21st, he was behind the plate as Jake Arrieta pitched a 16-0 no-hitter over the Cincinnati Reds; it was the first time he had caught a no-hitter, and he also hit his first homer of the season in the game.

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  • Bob Nightengale: "Cubs teammates seek title for veteran catcher David Ross", USA Today Sports, April 12, 2016. [1]

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