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A bet with Kyle Schwarber almost kept David Ross from retiring

A bet with Kyle Schwarber almost kept David Ross from retiring

David Ross was almost forced to postpone retirement because of a bet with Kyle Schwarber.

If Schwarber pulled that off, he really would've been considered superhuman.

Grandpa Rossy hopped on Rob Bradford's podcast on WEEI.com this week and talked about how his yearlong retirement tour almost became a moot point when the terms of the bet were activated:

"When I had success, I had a bet with Schwarber and our traveling secretary that if I hit 10 home runs, I was gonna come back. I ended up hitting 10 plus two in the playoffs," Ross said. "I felt like my skill set was kind of diminishing and it was about time for me to leave and I had a decent year in my role. 

"I love this game so much, but there's also so many factors why I was leaving the game with my family and the things I want to do with my kids and be at home for. And just being the guy — don't leave the party too late. I'd rather leave early and not be hungover the next day than leave the game with a bad taste in your mouth. 

"It was kinda weird, all that was going on and winning the World Series. When your teammates pick you up and carry you off the field, I think that's game-set-match right there."

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Ross also said he was still weighing whether or not he should retire as late as September, just because he enjoyed being around this Cubs team so much.

It was a good week for Schwarber, too, who spent Thursday in Houston hanging out with Cris Carter:

Schwarber also hopped on the Dan Le Batard Show and said his dancing moves are a cross between Jesus and Michael Jackson and showed off his pipes with a rendition of "Wagon Wheel" on a short - yet wildly entertaining - appearance.

Report: Giants interested in Cubs first base coach Will Venable for manager opening

Report: Giants interested in Cubs first base coach Will Venable for manager opening

The Giants' search for a successor to now-retired manager Bruce Bochy has led them to the North Side.

According to NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic, the Giants are interested in Cubs first base coach Will Venable for their own managerial opening. San Francisco's interest is intriguing, as Venable went to high school just outside San Francisco in nearby San Rafael. His father — Max Venable — played for the Giants from 1979-83. 

Venable also interviewed for the Cubs' manager job earlier this month, telling the Chicago Sun-Times that his interest is in the "organization in general." He is one of several internal candidates for the Cubs' job, along with bench coach Mark Loretta and front office assistant David Ross.

The Cubs also interviewed Joe Girardi and are set to meet with Astros bench coach Joe Espada and former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler.

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Former Cub Mark Prior likely to take over as Dodgers pitching coach in 2020

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Former Cub Mark Prior likely to take over as Dodgers pitching coach in 2020

Mark Prior's big-league playing career unfortunately fizzled out due to recurring injury woes, but he's making a name for himself in the coaching realm.

With Dodgers current pitching coach Rick Honeycutt transitioning into a new role, Prior is expected to takeover the position starting next season.

Cubs fans know the story of Prior's playing career all too well. The Cubs drafted him second overall in the 2001, with Prior making his MLB debut just a season later. He went on to dominate in 2003, posting an 18-6 record, 2.43 ERA and 245 strikeouts in 30 starts, a season in which he made the All-Star Game and finished third in the NL Cy Young Award voting.

However, Prior's season ended on a sour note, as he was on the mound during the Steve Bartman incident in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS. Prior exited the game with a 3-1 lead, but the Cubs surrendered seven more runs that inning, eventually falling to the Marlins 8-3 before losing Game 7 the next day. 

Prior struggled to stay healthy after 2003, eventually retiring in 2013 after multiple comeback attempts. While many blame his injury-riddled career on former Cubs manager Dusty Baker, Prior does not. 

While we can only wonder what could've been with Prior to the pitcher, it's good to see him still making an impact in baseball in some fashion.

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