Ross named special assistant to baseball ops

Ross named special assistant to baseball ops

CHICAGO -- David Ross is returning to the Cubs, but in a front-office role.

The popular catcher, who retired last season after helping the Cubs win the 2016 World Series, will serve as a special assistant to baseball operations. On Friday night, he carried the World Series trophy on stage for the opening ceremonies of the Cubs Convention.

"I don't even know what I'm doing," Ross said of his new job. "It's going to be a learning process for me, just getting to see what's behind the curtain really. I feel like there's a hall-of-fame front office and a relationship with guys who I have a bond with. They offered to help me grow in my baseball knowledge and try to learn different aspects of what goes on in the organization. I'm really going to be listening. My ears are open."

Ross, 39, will contribute to all elements within the club's baseball operations department, including Major League operations, player development, pro scouting and work within the front office. He'll also assist in evaluating amateur players leading up to the Draft.

Grandpa's back with Cubs

Ross played 15 seasons in the Majors, his last two with the Cubs, and won two championships. The former seventh-round pick by the Dodgers was a .229 career hitter with 106 home runs and 314 RBIs.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.