Cody Ross

Cody Ross

Cody Ross
Free agent
Outfielder
Born: (1980-12-23) December 23, 1980
Portales, New Mexico
Bats: Right Throws: Left
MLB debut
July 4, 2003, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
(through May 1, 2015)
Batting average .262
Home runs 132
Runs batted in 508
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Cody Joseph Ross (born December 23, 1980), nicknamed "Toy Cannon"[1] and "Ross the Boss,"[2] is an American professional baseball outfielder who is currently a free agent. He is 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall and weighs 195 pounds (88 kg). Ross has played in MLB for the Detroit Tigers (2003), Los Angeles Dodgers (2005–2006), Cincinnati Reds (2006), Florida Marlins (2006–2010), San Francisco Giants (2010–2011), Boston Red Sox (2012), Arizona Diamondbacks (2013–2014) and Oakland Athletics (2015). He is one of the few Major League players to bat right-handed but throw left-handed.

Following high school, Ross embarked on his professional career, getting selected by the Detroit Tigers in the fourth round of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft. He reached the Major Leagues in 2003, but suffered a torn ACL which caused him to miss most of September. He was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers following spring training in 2004, appearing in a handful of games with them in 2005. In 2006, he played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Florida Marlins. It was in Florida that he finally established himself, as he played with the Marlins through 2010. He was used mainly as a reserve outfielder in 2006 and 2007, but during the 2008 season he took over a starting role. He would be a starting outfielder for the rest of his Marlins career, playing centerfield or right field. In 2009, he hit a career-high 24 home runs and won the Marlins' Charlie Hough Good Guy award.

During the 2010 season, the Marlins placed Ross on waivers, and he was claimed by the San Francisco Giants. Named their starting right fielder for the 2010 playoffs, he went on to win the National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award, hitting five home runs in the postseason while helping the Giants win the 2010 World Series. He re-signed with San Francisco in 2011, batting .240 during the year. In 2012, he signed a one-year contract with the Boston Red Sox, hitting 22 home runs while playing every day despite the fact that the Red Sox originally expected him to be a reserve player for them. The Arizona Diamondbacks signed him to a three-year contract in December 2012, but a season-ending hip injury limited Ross to 94 games his first year with the team.

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • Minor League career 2
  • Major League career 3
    • Los Angeles Dodgers/Cincinnati Reds 3.1
    • Florida Marlins 3.2
      • 2006 3.2.1
      • 2007 3.2.2
      • 2008 3.2.3
      • 2009 3.2.4
      • 2010 3.2.5
    • San Francisco Giants 3.3
    • Boston Red Sox 3.4
    • Arizona Diamondbacks 3.5
    • Oakland Athletics 3.6
  • Legacy 4
  • Personal life 5
  • Further reading 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life

Ross was born in Portales, New Mexico. Ross's father was a chiropractor and professional bull rider; and as a youth, Ross wanted to become a rodeo clown. He used to attend his father's bull-riding matches in clown outfits, complete with makeup. He did not give up on the aspiration until his family moved to Dallas, Texas.[3] The Ross's eventually moved back to New Mexico, and Ross played high school baseball at Carlsbad High School.[4] Ross also played football until ninth grade.[5] During high school, he was a Baseball America All-American selection.[4] As a senior, he threw a five-inning perfect game.[6] He graduated in 1999.[4]

Minor League career

Ross was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the fourth round of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft. He began his minor league career that year with the rookie Gulf Coast League Tigers, batting .218 with 31 hits, eight doubles, three triples, four home runs, and 18 runs batted in (RBI) in 42 games.[7] In 2000, he played for the A West Michigan Whitecaps of the Midwest League, getting named the Midwest League Player of the Week from June 18–24 after he scored four runs, had two doubles and a triple, drove in six runs, and batted .636.[4] In 122 games, he batted .267 with 116 hits, 17 doubles, nine triples, seven home runs, 68 RBI, and 11 stolen bases.[7] His nine triples were tied for second in the league. After the season, Baseball America said he had the best outfield arm in the Detroit system.[4]

Ross played for the A-advanced

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External links

  1. ^ a b c Gonzalez, Alden (March 25, 2009). "Ross won't rest on his laurels in '09".  
  2. ^ a b Baggarly, Andrew (December 5, 2012). "EXTRA BAGGS: Don't expect return of Ross the Boss, etc.". CSN Bay Area. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ Ostler, Scott (October 14, 2010). "Rodeo clown Ross comes to the Giants' rescue".  
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa "Cody Ross Stats, Video Highlights, Photos, Bio".  
  5. ^ a b c Smith, Tony (October 27, 2010). "'"In Carlsbad, 'Kids Want To Be Cody.  
  6. ^ a b Frisaro, Joe (April 26, 2009). "Ross pitches in for Florida 'pen".  
  7. ^ a b c d e "Cody Ross Minor League Statistics & History".  
  8. ^ "2001 Florida State League Batting Leaders".  
  9. ^ "2002 Eastern League Batting Leaders".  
  10. ^ Eskew, Alan (July 4, 2003). "Tigers fall to Royals on Fourth".  
  11. ^ Beck, Jason (July 9, 2003). "Twice as nice for Tigers vs. Sox".  
  12. ^ Beck, Jason (July 16, 2003). "Patterson completes comeback".  
  13. ^ "2003 International League Batting Leaders".  
  14. ^ Beck, Jason (September 1, 2003). "Tigers notes: Rotation set for '04?".  
  15. ^ Beck, Jason (September 2, 2003). "Tigers face mixed emotions in win".  
  16. ^ a b Beck, Jason (September 3, 2003). "Tigers notes: Rehab for Ross".  
  17. ^ Beck, Jason (April 1, 2004). "Tigers acquire lefty relief pitcher".  
  18. ^ Haft, Chris (October 18, 2010). "What happened in Vegas ... bonds NLCS trio".  
  19. ^ a b c Gurnick, Ken (April 13, 2006). "Ross homers twice to power Dodgers".  
  20. ^ Gurnick, Ken (June 24, 2005). "Notes: Triple-A swap for the DH slot".  
  21. ^ Gurnick, Ken (July 14, 2005). "Notes: Team quiet about Perez".  
  22. ^ Gurnick, Ken (April 24, 2006). "Dodgers deal outfielder Ross".  
  23. ^ Gurnick, Ken (June 1, 2006). "Notes: Guzman gets Major shot".  
  24. ^ Fay, John (October 18, 2010). "Cody Ross, we barely knew you". Cincinnati Reds Blog. Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  25. ^ Baggarly, p. 206
  26. ^ Mack, Charlie (May 27, 2006). "Notes: Ross joins new culture".  
  27. ^ a b "Cody Ross 2006 Batting Gamelogs".  
  28. ^ Frisaro, Joe (September 12, 2006). "Ross enjoys career night".  
  29. ^ a b Frisaro, Joe (May 6, 2007). "Notes: Ross on DL; Reed recalled".  
  30. ^ a b Frisaro, Joe (July 19, 2007). "Notes: Marlins look to find D-train of old".  
  31. ^ "April 20, 2007 Washington Nationals at Florida Marlins".  
  32. ^ "April 24, 2007 Atlanta Braves at Florida Marlins".  
  33. ^ "August 23, 2007 Florida Marlins at St. Louis Cardinals".  
  34. ^ Frisaro, Joe (March 30, 2008). "De Aza to open season on disabled list".  
  35. ^ a b Frisaro, Joe (May 30, 2008). "After tough April, Ross powers up in May".  
  36. ^ "Cody Ross 2008 Batting Gamelogs".  
  37. ^ Frisaro, Joe (May 14, 2008). "Late rally not enough for Marlins".  
  38. ^ "June 7, 2008 Cincinnati Reds at Florida Marlins".  
  39. ^ Frisaro, Joe (June 20, 2008). "Ex-Marlin Jones opts for free agency".  
  40. ^ a b c Hutton, Ted (August 23, 2010). "Marlins gamble in picking Maybin over Ross". SunSentinel.com. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  41. ^ Frisaro, Joe (June 12, 2009). "Ross' third slam leads Marlins to victory".  
  42. ^ Villavicencio, David (August 2, 2009). "Marlins walk off".  
  43. ^ Gonzalez, Alden (August 16, 2009). "Marlins reach 13 straight with 10-plus hits".  
  44. ^ Frisaro, Joe (April 8, 2010). "Paulino pushes Marlins to victory in extras".  
  45. ^ Frisaro, Joe (May 11, 2010). "Marlins steal one in Windy City".  
  46. ^ Frisaro, Joe (May 16, 2010). "Fish ride big inning, Coghlan homer to sweep".  
  47. ^ D'Angelo, Tom (August 22, 2010). "Florida Marlins lose Cody Ross to San Francisco Giants on waiver claim".  
  48. ^ Shea, John (August 24, 2010). "Beat: Wanted or not, Ross happy to be here".  
  49. ^ Associated Press (October 4, 2010). "Giants finally eliminate Padres". Fox Sports. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  50. ^ Haft, Chris (October 6, 2010). "Guillen, Zito not on Giants' NLDS roster".  
  51. ^ Schmidt, Michael S. (October 28, 2010). "Giants' Jose Guillen Linked to Drug Investigation".  
  52. ^ Pouliot, Matthew (November 14, 2010). "Jose Guillen drug case: HGH was signed for by wife". NBC Sports. Retrieved November 14, 2010. 
  53. ^ a b Haft, Chris (October 11, 2010). "Giants' Ross is Braves' pain; epic career over".  
  54. ^ Shea, John (October 17, 2010). "NLCS, Game 1".  
  55. ^ Stark, Jayson (October 17, 2010). "Cody Ross steps into starring role".  
  56. ^ Maaddi, Rob (October 18, 2010). "Philadelphia Phillies Take Game 2, Even NLCS at 1–1".  
  57. ^ Langosch, Jenifer (October 24, 2010). "Superb Ross garners NLCS MVP honors".  
  58. ^ Schulman, Henry (October 18, 2010). "Philadelphia Phillies even series with Giants".  
  59. ^ Haft, Chris (October 31, 2010). "Giants' Series roll halted by Rangers".  
  60. ^ Haft, Chris (October 2, 2010). "Giants win the Series! Giants win the Series!".  
  61. ^ Schulman, Henry (January 19, 2011). "SF Giants sign deals with Cody Ross, Jonathan Sanchez".  
  62. ^ Haft, Chris (March 24, 2011). "Giants to explore options in right with Ross out".  
  63. ^ Haft, Chris (April 20, 2011). "Belt sent to Triple-A to make room for Ross".  
  64. ^ Ortiz, Jorge L. (May 11, 2011). "Giants' winning formula has a familiar feel to it". USA Today. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  65. ^ "Pat Burrell 2011 Batting Gamelogs".  
  66. ^ a b c "Cody Ross 2011 Batting Gamelogs".  
  67. ^ Haft, Chris (May 19, 2011). "Ross' shot picks up injury-wracked Giants".  
  68. ^ Kosmider, Nick (September 17, 2011). "Giants keep playoff hopes alive with win".  
  69. ^ Drellich, Evan and Quinn Roberts (January 26, 2012). "Ross, Red Sox finalize one-year contract".  
  70. ^ Browne, Ian (March 30, 2012). "Rejuvenated Ross feeling good at the plate".  
  71. ^ "Carl Crawford 2012 Batting Gamelogs".  
  72. ^ "Cody Ross 2012 Batting Gamelogs".  
  73. ^ Drellich, Evan (April 14, 2012). "High five: Sox bash five homers to trounce Rays".  
  74. ^ Drellich, Evan (April 15, 2012). "Red-hot Papi powers Sox to third straight win".  
  75. ^ Browne, Ian (May 21, 2012). "Ross out indefinitely with left foot fracture".  
  76. ^ Browne, Ian (June 19, 2012). "Ross returns as Podsednik heads to DL".  
  77. ^ Browne, Ian (June 19, 2012). "Sox bust out early at Fenway, finish off Fish".  
  78. ^ Laymance, Austin (June 24, 2012). "In Youk's swan song, Ross powers Red Sox".  
  79. ^ Laymance, Austin (July 18, 2012). "Ross' two homers, six RBIs lead an outfield onslaught".  
  80. ^ Laymance, Austin (July 19, 2012). "Home run monster: Ross does it again".  
  81. ^ a b c Gilbert, Steve (December 22, 2012). "D-backs agree to deal with outfielder Ross".  
  82. ^ Gilbert, Steve (April 13, 2013). "D-backs place Kubel on DL, activate Ross".  
  83. ^ "Cody Ross 2013 Batting Gamelogs".  
  84. ^ Gilbert, Steve (June 19, 2013). "Out of sight: Ross' pinch-hit homer powers D-backs".  
  85. ^ Gilbert, Steve (July 4, 2013). "Delgado's best work ends D-backs' slide".  
  86. ^ Emerick, Tyler (July 7, 2013). "Miley, Ross lead charge for hot-hitting D-backs".  
  87. ^ Gilbert, Steve (August 3, 2013). "Parting shot: Ross powers D-backs vs. Red Sox".  
  88. ^ Axson, Scooby (August 12, 2013). "Diamondbacks' Cody Ross on DL with hip injury, season likely done".  
  89. ^ Buchanan, Zach (April 7, 2015). "Diamondbacks players surprised by release of Cody Ross". Arizona Republic. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  90. ^ Koo, Jeremy (8 April 2015). "Cody Ross officially signs with Oakland A's". SB Nation. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  91. ^ "Athletics release outfielder Cody Ross after short stint". ESPN.com. Associated Press. May 5, 2015. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  92. ^ Treder, Steve (February 10, 2009). "Bats right, throws left: The best players in major league history". Hardball Times. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  93. ^ MacPherson, Brian (July 20, 2012). "Cody Ross getting used to the hero's role in Boston". Providence Journal. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  94. ^ Rodriguez, Juan C. (February 20, 2009). "Morrison prepares for move". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 

References

  • Baggarly, Andrew. A Band of Misfits: Tales of the 2010 San Francisco Giants. Chicago: Triumph Books.  

Further reading

Ross and his wife, Summer,[5] live most of the year in Scottsdale, Arizona, with their two children: Hudson[93] and Haven Leigh.[94] His father, Kenny, played strong safety at the University of New Mexico but became a chiropractor and bull rider after undergoing three knee surgeries in college.[5] Ross has a sister, Sarah, who was a long-jumper and basketball player growing up.[16]

Personal life

Ross bats right-handed and throws left-handed; one of the rarest dominant bats/throws combinations in the history of Major League baseball. The only position player in the Baseball Hall of Fame with this combination of "bats/throws" is Rickey Henderson, who, like Ross, also had stints with the Dodgers and Red Sox.[92]

During his career, Ross has earned a reputation for bringing energy to his teams and being a positive influence to his teammates.[81] He has been a fan favorite in his career, especially in Florida and San Francisco, where he earned the nicknames "Toy Cannon" and "Ross the Boss," respectively.[1][2]

Ross has been a streaky player throughout his career. He described this in 2006: "I have gotten in grooves before, and you try to stay in it as long as you can until it ends. And it does end. I've been notorious for that my whole career, where I'll hit five or six in a week, where it seems like I can't miss the pitch and I feel good in the batter's box."[19] The most famous of these came in 2010, when Ross's torrid hitting in the playoffs helped San Francisco win the 2010 World Series.[81]

Ross at the Giants' 2010 World Series victory parade

Legacy

On April 8, 2015, Ross signed a one-year deal with the Oakland Athletics for the league minimum salary of $507,500, with the Diamondbacks paying the remainder of his salary with them.[90] He was released on May 3, 2015.[91]

Oakland Athletics

On April 4, 2015, Ross was released by the Diamondbacks.[89]

On December 22, 2012, Ross agreed to a three-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks worth a reported $26 million, with a club option and a $1 million buyout.[81] An injured left calf caused him to miss the beginning of the season; he made his return April 13.[82] He began the 2013 season playing right field, but in May through the rest of the season he split time between right and left field.[83] On June 19, he hit a pinch-hit three-run home run against Mike Dunn in a 3–1 victory over the Marlins.[84] He hit a three-run home run against Matt Harvey to put the Diamondbacks ahead 3–2 on July 3; the Diamondbacks would wind up defeating the Mets 5–2.[85] Three days later, he set a career high with five hits and added three runs scored in an 11–1 victory over Colorado.[86] On August 2, he had four hits, two doubles, and three RBI, including a game-winning solo home run against Pedro Beato in a 7–6 victory over Boston.[87] On August 11, Ross dislocated his right hip while running to first base. He was placed on the disabled list and missed the rest of the season.[88] In 94 games (317 at bats) in 2013, Ross batted .278 with 88 hits, 17 doubles, eight home runs, and 38 RBI.[4]

Arizona Diamondbacks

On June 19, Ross was activated from the disabled list.[76] His first game back, he hit a home run against Mark Buehrle over the Green Monster at Fenway Park in a 7–5 victory over the Miami Marlins.[77] Five days later, he hit two home runs and had five RBI in a 9–4 victory over the Braves.[78] He hit two consecutive three-run home runs against Pedro Hernández of the White Sox on July 18 in a 10–1 Red Sox victory.[79] The next day, he hit a three-run home run against Addison Reed for a walk-off win against the White Sox.[80] For the season, he had a .267 average, 127 hits, 34 doubles, 22 home runs, and 81 RBI in 130 games (476 at bats).[4]

On January 26, 2012, Ross finalized a one-year contract with the Boston Red Sox. He was supposed to provide depth off the bench, but injuries, particularly to Carl Crawford, led to him holding a starting role for the entire season.[69][70][71] He started almost every day for Boston in all three outfield positions, but mainly right field.[72] On April 14, Ross hit his first home run in a Red Sox uniform, a two-run shot off the Tampa Bay Rays's Dane De La Rosa in a 13–5 Red Sox victory.[73] The next day, Ross hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the second inning off Matt Moore in a 6–4 victory over the Rays.[74] On May 18, 2012, Ross suffered a fractured foot after fouling a ball off his foot. He was placed on the disabled list and expected to miss from six to eight weeks.[75]

Ross with the Boston Red Sox in 2012

Boston Red Sox

In 2011 Ross re-signed with the Giants on a one-year contract worth $6.3 million. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle called it a "mild surprise" that Ross did not sign at least a two-year deal.[61] He began the season on the disabled list with a sprained right calf, but he assumed the Giants' right field job upon his return on April 20.[62][63] On May 10, Ross had a game-ending single against David Hernandez in a 1–0 victory over the Diamondbacks.[64] After May 10, Ross began playing left field most of the time when Pat Burrell was moved to the bench.[65][66] On May 18, Ross hit a three-run home run with two outs in the ninth inning against Lance Cormier to give the Giants an 8–5 victory over the Dodgers.[67] From August through the end of the year, Ross began moving around between all three outfield positions, only once making four straight starts at the same position.[66] He hit the 100th home run of his career against Alex White on September 16 in a 9–1 victory over Colorado. In the same game, Ross pulled his right hamstring, forcing him to miss the rest of the season.[66][68] In 121 games (405 at bats), Ross hit .240 with 97 hits, 25 doubles, 14 home runs, and 52 RBI. He led the Giants with a career-high 49 walks.[4]

Ross was named the Giants' starting right fielder for the playoffs because of a neck injury to José Guillén, according to Bruce Bochy at the start of the postseason.[50] However, it was later revealed that Guillén had been left off the roster after a package of human growth hormone was intercepted as it was being shipped to his house.[51][52] In the ensuing NL Division Series (NLDS) against the Atlanta Braves, Ross started all four games in right field, hit a home run to tie the deciding fourth game, and drove in the winning runs in two of the Giants' three wins.[53] Ross hit two home runs off of Roy Halladay in Game 1 in the following NLCS against the Phillies,[54][55] and hit a solo home run against Roy Oswalt in Game 2.[56] Following the Giants' Game 6 win of the NLCS, Ross was awarded the MVP award for the series, in which he hit .350 with three home runs, three doubles and recorded five RBI.[57] Three of his five postseason home runs broke up no-hitters. His home run off the Braves' Derek Lowe was the Giants' first hit in Game 4 of the NLDS.[53] His first home run off Halladay in Game 1 of the NLCS, in addition to being the first hit off Halladay in the game, was the first hit off Halladay in 11 innings, as Halladay had thrown a no-hitter in his previous start. Finally, his home run off Oswalt in Game 2 of the NLCS was the Giants' first hit of the game.[58] In Game 3 of the World Series against the Texas Rangers, he hit the first home run for the Giants off Colby Lewis; however, the Giants went on to lose 4–2.[59] He won his first World Series ring as the Giants defeated the Rangers in five games to win their first World Series since 1954.[60]

On August 21, 2010, Ross was awarded to the San Francisco Giants on a waiver claim, partly to prevent him from being acquired by the San Diego Padres.[48] He appeared in 33 regular season games for the Giants, batting .288 with three home runs. In 153 games combined with Florida and San Francisco (525 at bats), he batted .269 with 141 hits, 28 doubles, 14 home runs, and 65 RBI.[4] The Giants went on to overtake the Padres late in the season to win the NL West Division title.[49]

San Francisco Giants

Ross began 2010 in right field, but he moved to centerfield when Maybin was sent down on June 17.[40] He had four hits on April 7 in a 10-inning, 7–6 victory over the Mets.[44] On May 10, he stole home as part of a double steal with Maybin in a 4–2 victory over the Cubs, marking the first time a Marlin had stolen home since Reggie Abercrombie did so in 2006.[45] Six days later, he again had four hits in a 10–8 victory over the Mets.[4][46] In his first 120 games (452 at bats), Ross batted .265 with 120 hits, 24 doubles, 11 home runs, and 58 RBI.[4] After the Marlins fell out of contention in 2010 and with Ross due for a pay raise the following year, the Marlins put him on waivers in August in order save money and give their young players more playing time.[47]

2010

For the first time in his career in 2009, Ross was a starting outfielder for the entire season. He began the year as the right fielder for the Marlins, who wanted prospect Cameron Maybin to play centerfield.[1] On April 26, he pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Marlins to finish a 13–2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.[6] After Maybin batted only .202, Ross moved back to centerfield on May 10 when he was sent down.[40] On June 12, he hit his third grand slam of the season against Brandon League to give the Marlins a 7–3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. The grand slam tied Bobby Bonilla's and Jeff Conine's record for grand slams in a season by a Marlin.[41] Dan Uggla and he hit back-to-back solo home runs against Kevin Gregg in the ninth inning on August 2 to give the Marlins a 3–2 victory over the Chicago Cubs.[42] On August 16, he set a team record by notching six hits in a doubleheader against the Rockies.[43] Ross returned to right field on August 31 when Maybin was recalled.[40] He set career-highs in most categories in 2009. In 151 games (559 at bats), he batted .270 with 151 hits, 37 doubles, 24 home runs, and 90 RBI. In the daytime, he batted .349, the fourth-highest mark in the NL. Following the season, he was named the Marlins Charlie Hough Good Guy award winner.[4]

2009

Ross began 2008 platooning with Amézaga again in center field, though Amézaga was eventually replaced by Jacque Jones as Ross's centerfield partner. Ross played against left-handed pitchers as Amézaga and Jones faced right-handers.[34][35] Ross struggled in April, batting .159 with no home runs and two RBI. After receiving a text message from his father at the beginning of May saying he would improve, Ross declared that he was restarting his season and had 10 home runs and 18 RBI in the month.[35][36] During the month, Ross had a stretch where nine out of 10 hits were home runs, becoming the first player to have a streak of that sort since Mark McGwire in 2001.[4] On May 14, he hit a game-tying three-run ninth inning home run against Francisco Cordero in a 10-inning, 7–6 loss to the Reds.[37] Then, on June 7 he hit a game-winning three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against Cordero to give the Marlins an 8–7 victory over the Reds.[38] Jones was designated for assignment on June 11, putting Ross in sole control of centerfield.[39] In a four-game series with the Colorado Rockies from July 3 through 6, Ross had 15 RBI, becoming the first player to have that many in a four-game series since Carlton Fisk in 1977. Fourteen of those RBI came from July 4 through 6, the most in a three-game span since Sammy Sosa had 16 in 2002. In 145 games (461 at bats), Ross hit .260 with 120 hits, 29 doubles, 22 home runs, and 73 RBI.[4]

Ross with the Florida Marlins in 2008 spring training

2008

Again a reserve outfielder in 2007, Ross batted .673 before going on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring on May 6.[29] He returned on July 19 and continued to be used in a variety of roles for the Marlins.[30] For much of the year, he platooned with Alfredo Amézaga in centerfield.[29][30] On April 20, he hit his first career pinch-hit home run against Chad Cordero to tie the Marlins with the Washington Nationals in the ninth inning; however, the Marlins went on to lose 6–5 in 14 innings.[31] Four days later, he homered and had five RBI against Mark Redman in an 11–6 loss to the Atlanta Braves.[32] He had another pinch-hit home run on August 23 against Brad Thompson in an 11–3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.[33] In 66 games (173 at bats), Ross hit .335 with 58 hits, 19 doubles, 12 home runs, and 39 RBI.[4]

2007

Upon joining the Marlins in 2006, Ross was forced to shave his beard, in order to comply with the Marlins' no facial hair policy. Manager Joe Girardi quipped, "Maybe he can put it on top of his head."[26] He was used as a backup outfielder but got many starts at all three outfield positions throughout the year, especially from June 10 through 30, July 21 through August 8, and September 11 through the end of the season.[27] On September 11, Ross hit a three-run home run against David Williams and a pair of two-run home runs against Heath Bell and Royce Ring in a 16–5 win over the New York Mets. His three home runs and seven RBI in the game tied Marlins records.[28] Ross's five home runs and 14 RBI in September were more than he had in any other month that season.[27] In 91 games (250 at bats) with the Marlins in 2006, Ross batted .212 with 53 hits, 11 doubles, 11 home runs, and 37 RBI.[4]

2006

Florida Marlins

Ross broke his finger in his debut with the Reds on April 29 and went on the disabled list. He returned to the Reds on May 23 and appeared in one more game before getting traded to the Florida Marlins on May 26 for cash considerations.[24][25]

Ross was out of options in 2006 and made the Dodgers Opening Day roster as a backup outfielder only because of an injury to Kenny Lofton. On April 13, he hit a tie-breaking grand slam and a three run home run in a 13–5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.[19] He batted .500 in eight games for the Dodgers before getting designated for assignment on April 17 to make room for Óscar Robles on the roster. A week later, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for cash or a player to be named later (Ben Kozlowski).[22][23]

On July 24, 2005, Ross was recalled by the Dodgers to give them another bat during interleague play.[20] He appeared in 14 games, batting .160 with four hits (one double, no home runs) and one RBI before getting sent back down on July 14 in favor of Steve Schmoll.[4][21] He was not called up in September.[4]

Los Angeles Dodgers/Cincinnati Reds

Major League career

In 2004, Ross was supposed to begin the season in the minors for Detroit. However, with Detroit desperate for bullpen help, Ross was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 1 for relief pitcher Steve Colyer.[17] He was assigned to the AAA Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League, where he was teammates with Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino, whom he went on to face in the 2010 National League Championship Series (NLCS).[18] Injuries marred Ross's 2004 campaign; a knee injury kept him out for two weeks early in the season, he missed time from May 26 to July 15 after smashing his hand in a car door and breaking his finger, and he broke his wrist on August 25 which ended his season.[4] In 60 games, he batted .273 with 65 hits, 17 doubles, 14 home runs, and 49 RBI.[7] Ross spent most of 2005 with Las Vegas. From July 26 to August 11, he hit 10 home runs and had 25 RBI in 17 games.[4][19] In 115 games, he batted .267 with 105 hits, 21 doubles, 22 home runs, and 63 RBI.[7]

[4] Ross began 2003 with the

In 2002, Ross played for the AA Erie SeaWolves of the Eastern League, getting named to both the regular season and postseason All-Star teams for the league. He was named the Tigers' Minor League Player of the Month in June after hitting .336 with 29 runs, 10 doubles, two triples, eight home runs, 30 RBI, and 10 stolen bases; he earned the same honor from Topps. A broken toe forced him out of action from July 1 through August 2 and limited him to 105 games.[4] He finished the year with 112 hits, 28 doubles, three triples, 72 RBI, and 16 stolen bases.[7] His 19 home runs were tied with Andy Phillips and Aaron McNeal for ninth in the league.[9] After the season, he played for the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League. For the third year in a row, Baseball America said he had the best outfield arm in the Tigers' system.[4]

[4]