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Grandpa Rossy finally revealed what he's doing in retirement

Grandpa Rossy finally revealed what he's doing in retirement

David Ross finally revealed what he's doing in his post-playing days.

Grandpa Rossy may still wind up with a coaching job or come back to the Cubs — or another organization — as a special assistant in the front office.

But for now, he's going to be writing a book, titled "Teammate: My Life in Baseball," he confirmed to CSN Wednesday morning.

Ross will co-write with Don Yaeger, an author who has been on the New York Times best-selling list nine times and has worked as the associate editor of Sports Illustrated. Yaeger has helped write books with John Smoltz, Warren Moon, John Wooden and Rex Ryan and may be most known in Chicago as the co-author of Walter Payton's autobiography, "Never Die Easy."

Ross' book will be framed around that epic Game 7 of the World Series and is due out in May.

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Here's what the cover will look like:

Back in spring training, Ross said he started keeping notes and trying to take everything in during his final season in the big leagues. 

After becoming the oldest player in baseball history to hit a homer in Game 7 of the World Series, Ross held court inside the famed visiting workout room in Cleveland (the same room Jason Heyward gave the soon-to-be-Hollywoodized speech) for 15 minutes, describing the storybook nature of his entire victory lap season and how tough it was to wrap his head around it all.

Ross' teammates carried him off the field after the final out in a moment straight out of a movie, and he said that's part of what convinced him that his story was worth telling.

"Besides the Cubs, [Yaeger] thought it was a good story — my career and the good-teammate aspect of it — what makes a good teammate, whether it's on the field or in a business aspect, any kind of team you might be able to help better people, get the most out of people," Ross told Ken Rosenthal.

"It scared me to death, honestly, to think about telling my story. Who's interested in me - a backup catcher? Don kind of convinced me. As we've gone over this, it's been such a great little story for me this year. A backup catcher getting carried off the field in the World Series - that put the icing on the cake: 'Alright, this is pretty cool. I don't know how I got to this point, but it's pretty amazing.'"

Javy Baez should be the frontrunner for NL MVP heading into the All-Star Break

Javy Baez should be the frontrunner for NL MVP heading into the All-Star Break

If the season ended today, Javy Baez may be your National League MVP.

Of course, the season isn't ending today, only the first half of the 2018 campaign is.

He flashed his skills again over the weekend — scoring the game-winning run Friday, posting a 5-RBI game Saturday and then drove in the Cubs' first run in their 7-4 victory Sunday to close out a sweep of the Padres.

Entering the All-Star Break, Baez should be the frontrunner for Most Valuable Player.

For starters, he's the best player on the best team in the league.

Thanks to a recent hot surge by the Cubs and an ugly weekend for the Brewers (who have lost 6 straight), Baez and Co. will go into the break with the best record in the NL. 

Baez, meanwhile, leads the Cubs in WAR and nearly every offensive category — OPS, slugging percentage, homers, RBI, runs scored, doubles, triples, total bases, stolen bases and hits.

And that's not even saying anything about his glovework at any position on the infield or dynamic baserunning.

He's on pace to become the first Cubs player to drive in 125 runs since Sammy Sosa in 2001.

Baez also is on track for a 30-30 season — something only Sosa accomplished in a Cubs uniform in 1993 and 1995. 

El Mago will enjoy his week in the Home Run Derby and as the NL's starting second baseman in the All-Star Game, but those shouldn't be the end of his accolades this year if he can find a way to keep this pace up in the second half.

What other NL candidate would be a better choice for the MVP right now?

Baez is tied for the league lead in RBI. Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar is just behind Baez with 70 RBI, but he also has 70 fewer at-bats than the Cubs star due to a platoon to begin the year. 

Eugenio Suarez and Scooter Gennett are also having great years, but the Reds are nowhere close to a playoff spot. 

Nolan Arenado, Freddie Freeman and Paul Goldschmidt are also having very good seasons on teams that are currently in the playoff hunt, but how do you deny the best player on the league's best team?

After all, where would the Cubs be without Baez this season? 

Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo have battled through injuries and bouts of ineffectiveness, the pitching staff has had all kinds of consistency/health woes and Willson Contreras has yet to find his power stroke at the plate.

At the very least, "El Mago" has been the most important player on the North Side of Chicago during the first 3.5 months of 2018.

Nico Hoerner makes great catch in first game with South Bend

Nico Hoerner makes great catch in first game with South Bend

Cubs first-round pick Nico Hoerner made his debut with the Class-A South Bend Cubs, and he did not disappoint.

The 23-year old shortstop showed off impressive hops during an acrobatic grab in the topf of the second inning in his first game with the South Bend Cubs. Hoerner will surely be an exciting defensive prospect with ability like this.

As far as offense goes, through four at-bats at South Bend, Hoerner is batting .500, and this comes after he hit .318 with a home run and two RBI through seven games with the Eugene Emeralds, the Cubs Class A short-season affiliate.

Here is to hoping we continue to see big-time plays from Hoerner.