Chicago Cubs: The importance of catcher David Ross

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Chicago Cubs veteran catcher David Ross has quietly been making a huge impact this season. He doesn’t hit for a high average, but his ability to make his teammates better and his solid defense makes him one of the Cubs most valuable assets. As the Cubs continue their march towards the playoffs, Ross will play a pivotal role in how far they make it this season.

Jul 29, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross (left) celebrates with relief pitcher Hector Rondon (56) right after defeating the Colorado Rockies 3-2 at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The 38-year-old veteran catcher from Bainbridge, Georgia has played for seven different ball clubs throughout his 14-year career in the majors. He has a career slash line of .230/.317/.428 and has 474 career hits, 297 RBI, and 96 home runs.

Ross is too far past his prime to significantly help this team in a conventional manner. However, he has found his niche and has made important contributions with his intangible leadership qualities as well as his outstanding defense behind the plate.

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