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David Ross gets another job, Cubs catcher Samuel Tidaback and the Caribbean World Series begins Feb. 1.

Ross to join ESPN

Former Cubs catcher and fan favorite David Ross will join ESPN as an analyst for the 2017 baseball season. Ross was hired earlier this season as a special assistant to the Cubs front office.

2016  Draft Class Update— Samuel Tidaback, C

The former prep at Providence Catholic High school in suburban Chicago had a pretty good year. Growing up a Cubs fans, Tidaback not only had the excitement of getting drafted by his childhood team he also got to watch them win the World Series. Tidaback played two seasons at Ball State before transferring to North Georgia, a Division II school. Tidaback excelled at his new school, smacking 20 homers over two seasons while slashing .332/.408/.549. Known more for his defense than the bat as an amateur, the Cubs took advantage of the 23-year-old’s versatility and experience, playing at three levels. After three games in the Arizona Rookie League (3-for-10, three runs), Tidaback was sent to Eugene in mid-July. He got a taste of the Midwest League for a week (4-12, 3 G) but spent a majority of his first pro season in Eugene, slashing .176/.237/.333  in 14 games. Tidaback should be in the catching mix at South Bend but could find himself visiting several Cubs affiliates before the 2017 season is over.

Caribbean World Series

Play begins on Wednesday in Culiacan, Mexico as Cuba (Granma), Puerto Rico (Caguas), Dominican Republic (Licey), Venezuela (Zulia) and Mexico (Mexicali) square off for the round-robin showdown for the 2017 title. Cuba battles Dominican Republic while Puerto Rico and Mexico square off in the Day 1 action. Round-robin play continues until Feb. 5 as each team plays four games. Cubs farmhand Miguel Mejia (Puerto Rico) is the only Cubs prospect playing in the series. Former Cubs minor leaguers Frank Del Valle and Andres Santiago are also on the Puerto Rican roster. Former Cub infielders Ronny Cedeno (2005-08) and Jonathan Herrera (2015) are on Venezuela’s roster.

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