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From BR Bullpen
Ross Peter Gload
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 0", Weight 185 lb.
- School University of South Florida
- Debut August 31, 2000
 Biographical Information
Ross Gload has played eight seasons in the major leagues through 2009 with a lifetime .283 batting average (it was .298 after the first five seasons). In both of the seasons with the Chicago White Sox where he got over 150 at-bats, he hit over .320. He got his most playing time, however, in 2007-08 with the Kansas City Royals, for whom he hit close to .280 each year.
He was selected by the Florida Marlins in the 13th round of the 1997 amateur draft. He was traded to the Chicago Cubs in 2000 along with pitcher David Noyce for Henry Rodriguez and made his big league debut later that year. He spent the entire next season with the Iowa Cubs, where he led the Pacific Coast League with 10 triples. However, after the season, he was claimed off of waivers by the Colorado Rockies. During that offseason, he was sent to the New York Mets as part of a three team trade before being reacquired by the Rockies days later.
He appeared in 26 games with the Rockies in 2002 before being traded to the Chicago White Sox for Wade Parrish before the 2003 season. He spent that entire year with the Charlotte Knights of the International League, hitting .315, with 18 homers and 70 RBIs.
Ross made a big impression with the White Sox in 2004, hitting .321 in 234 at-bats. He got quite a bit of playing time due to injuries to Frank Thomas and Magglio Ordonez. It was harder for him to find a spot in 2005, and he also had some injury problems, so he spent most of the season in the minors, where he hit .364 with Charlotte. In 2006, he hit .327 in limited at-bats with the Sox.