Tag:David Ross
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:46 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2012 4:46 pm

Players, managers react to new playoff format

By Matt Snyder

MLB Playoff expansion
With the news spreading throughout baseball that playoff expansion is very likely for the 2012 season, some reactions from players and managers have started to trickle out of camps. As one would expect on a divisive issue, the reactions are all over the map.

For a very brief recap to those who haven't read about it yet, it's extremely likely that starting this season, MLB will have two wild card teams play one head-to-head game, with the winner advancing to face the division winner with the best record in the LDS. The second and third division winners will face each other. The new collective bargaining agreement established that this system would begin by 2013, but it's likely it will begin this season.

Anyway, here are some of the reactions we've gathered thus far:

Blue Jays manager John Farrell (CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler)

"I think it's great for baseball. Hopefully, we're in the mix to land one of those spots."

Mets third baseman David Wright (Andy McCullough via Twitter)

"That would have been nice five years ago."

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel (CSNPhilly.com)

“It’s hard to swallow sometimes if you play all year and win a lot of games and somebody who did not play as good as you consistently all year gets in and wins. But that’s the way it goes and that’s the process that we live with.

“I understand everything about that and I’m not knocking that. That’s what it is. But at the same time, I look at it as I’m not a second-place guy or third place or fourth place. Basically that’s the part – for me, personally, you shouldn’t get nothing for second or third. That’s the American system.”

Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen (MLB.com)

"Anytime you involve more people, it's good for the game. I think the Commissioner is doing a tremendous job adding people to have a chance to see playoff games, and I think that's great for the fans. This game, we play for them."

Red Sox DH David Ortiz (ESPN Boston)

“One game? That’s kind of crazy. You know how many things we’ve got to move around and pack for one game? It’d make more sense for two wild cards to play at least a two-out-of-three series while the other teams take a break for three days because they won their divisions.”

Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (TampaBay.com)

"I think it's exciting. It's exciting for all of us. ... I think the goal was to allow more teams to have a chance in the end, to hold on to those playoff hopes for longer.''

"I think it was pretty unanimous around the league that the more playoff spots the better. Once you get into the playoffs it's more revenue for the ballclub, it's more excitement for the players, so I think it would be a no-brainer for everybody.''

"I don't think anybody's 'comfortable' with [one-game playoff] -- it's an uncomfortable feeling going into any game that you know you could go home, your season could end. But at the same time, it's exciting -- you're in the playoffs now.''

Braves third baseman Chipper Jones (MLB.com)

"I'm not for it. I think the elite teams deserve to make it to the playoffs. Pretty soon, Major League Baseball is going to be like the NBA. There will be more teams that make it than don't. The season is too long as it is. Now you're going to give teams more travel. I don't agree with it, but we're just a piece of meat. We do what they tell us to."

Braves backup catcher David Ross (MLB.com)

"I like the one game for all of the marbles kind of thing because it's either put up or shut up," Braves backup catcher David Ross said. "It's going to be fun. The fans are going to be tuned in. It will get a lot of media attention. It will be a lot of fun."

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly (ESPN Los Angeles)

"I like it because it forces those two teams to use their best pitcher, so they have to use that guy to get in (to the next round). On paper, that gives the advantage to the team that wins the division because they can line up their rotation the way they want it. It seems fair to me that the team who wins the division gets that advantage.''

White Sox pitcher Chris Sale (ChicagoSports.com)

"Obviously, it’s exciting. Two more teams into the playoffs. At the same time, you want to be one of those teams for sure in there. You want to win the division. "They said it today, you are not playing for second place. It would be great if that did happen, but from here on out, we are going for that No. 1 spot."

White Sox manager Robin Ventura (ChicagoSports.com)

“In the past, when they added (the wild card), it created excitement and even last year, the last day of the season it added fun. You never know. It just depends on how the season goes. But it’s exciting for teams to get in. That’s for sure.”

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Posted on: August 8, 2011 8:39 pm

Braves' McCann eyes Friday return

Brian McCannBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Braves catcher Brian McCann said he may be ready to return Friday when he is eligible to come off the disabled list, he told David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

McCann took batting practice before Monday's game at Florida after taking light hitting and throwing on Sunday.

"It felt fine; it felt exactly how I thought it would," McCann said. "I didn't try to swing as hard as I could. But I was pleased with how the ball was coming off my bat.

"It's my first time really swinging more than 50 percent, so I didn't want to let it go. I felt really good swinging that bat as far as hitting the sweet spot and hitting line drives."

McCann suffered an oblique injury on July 26.

McCann said he hoped to play minor-league rehab games on Wednesday and Thursday before joining the Braves at Turner Field for the first game of a series against the Cubs on Friday. 

Manager Fredi Gonzalez was a little less sure, telling O'Brien: "That scares me, sending him out for a rehab assignment behind the plate."

Going into Monday's game, David Ross has started nine games and played in two more since McCann's injury and has struggled as an everyday player, hitting .171/.216/.286 with one homer in 38 plate appearances. McCann is the Braves' top hitter, hitting .306/.375/.514 with 18 homers.

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Posted on: June 27, 2011 1:02 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 2:05 pm

Ross: Don't move McCann from catcher

David Ross

By C. Trent Rosecrans

David Ross is probably baseball's best backup catcher, and he's fine being in that role.

Although Ross is hitting .308/.390/.519 this season with three homers in 59 plate appearances and is one of the game's better defensive catchers, he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien that he's not in favor of moving Brian McCann from behind the plate to open a spot for the 34-year-old.

"There's a reason why I'm a backup," Ross told O'Brien. "I've had a chance to succeed, I've had a chance to start. I'm hit-or-miss over the longevity of a long season. I got exposed [as a starter] maybe, or however you want to look at it. I'm a better player now than I was then, but [backup] is also a good role for me to be in. Play as hard as I can for a couple of days, then get out for a couple of days, then get back in. It's a role that I'm comfortable in.

"Fans saying, 'Oh, David should play every day and move Mac to first, then we'll have a better bat in the lineup.' Well, David hit .203 for a season. [laughs] There were some home runs in there, but David hit .203 for a season. So let's not just jump to conclusions."

Ross is referring to 2007, when he had the chance to be a starter in Cincinnati, playing 112 games and hitting .203/.271/.399 with 17 home runs. The year before he did hit .255/.353/.579 with 21 homers to get the chance in '07.

Ross also defended McCann's defensive abilities.

'I think Mac is an All-Star not just because of his bat," Ross said in the interview. "He calls a great game. We have one of the best pitching staffs in the game, and catching is a huge part of that.

"Year to year, every player is different. But [for example], Javy Vazquez had a subpar year before he came over here and had one of the best years of his careers. And then left, and was just kind of average. Just logically, that could have something to do with Mac and the way he calls a game. I don't know that, but . . ."

I was also interested in what Ross had to say about being a backup. He said that sometimes being a role player is easier for a veteran, because young players never come to the big leagues wanting to be a backup and when you've understood your own limitations, you are better prepared to accept that role and thrive.

The Reds released Ross in 2008 and he was signed as a free agent by the Red Sox that season and was on the team's postseason roster, showing the value his glove has. After that season, the Tallahassee, Fla., native signed as a free agent with the Braves and has thrived since then. As a Brave, he's hit .286/.386/.498, but has been strictly a backup to McCann, the National League's best offensive catcher.

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Posted on: September 21, 2010 10:05 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2010 10:06 pm

Marlins on hunt for No. 1 catcher

Brad Davis The Marlins are dead-set on acquiring a No. 1 catcher in the offseason, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports .

John Baker has missed the majority of the year to injury and recently underwent Tommy John surgery. While Baker's agent said the catcher is "cautiously optimistic" about being ready for spring training, that's no sure thing. In addition, Ronny Paulino is in the doghouse after being suspended for 50 games (eight of which must be served at the beginning of 2011) and Florida is expected to look elsewhere before deciding whether or not to tender the arbitration-eligible Paulino a contract.

Yorvit Torrealba, Bengie Molina and John Buck will be considered for the opening, Jackson reports. Just don't bet on Victor Martinez joining the team -- both due to his subpar defense and large pricetag. Miguel Olivo, an ex-Marlin, could also be a possibility if Colorado doesn't pick up his option.

Other names that popped up were Jason Varitek, David Ross, Matt Treanor (another ex-Marlin) and Rod Barajas, but these players would only play part-time.

That leaves the No. 2 job to be won between Baker, Brad Davis (pictured) and Brett Hayes, with Paulino given the pink slip.

Another possibility to lead the Marlins is Ivan Rodriguez, who led Florida to the 2003 World Series. Although he is under contract with the Nationals for 2011, I-Rod has said he wants to finish his career in Florida, plus the Nats are suddenly deep in young catchers. The Nats and Marlins could link up in a trade, much like when Florida sent outfielder Josh Willingham north prior to the 2009 season.

 -- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 1:39 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2010 1:44 pm

Braves extend backup catcher

David Ross The Braves have agreed to a two-year extension with backup catcher David Ross, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal tweets .

This is a good, proactive move by the Braves. Ross, 33, is hitting .269/.374/.346 as Brian McCann's backup. In parts of nine seasons, Ross has a career .230/.320/.437 line, but his biggest value is behind the plate and in the clubhouse.

Ross is a good defensive catcher and excels at throwing out runners. Last season he had an NL-best 48 percent caught stealing rate and is at 47 percent this season. More importantly for the Braves, he's a top-flight teammate and won't complain about sitting behind McCann.

Backup catcher is a tough spot, you have to be ready to play a couple of times a week and then have extended periods where you're pushed into the top spot, following by long periods of inactivity. Ross is one of those players beloved by his teammates and never complains, no matter the situation
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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