Braves extend backup catcher
Posted on: July 27, 2010 1:39 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2010 1:44 pm
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
For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter.