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David Ross at the Cubs Convention Opening Ceremony at the Sheraton Grand Chicago earlier this month. ESPN has hired Ross as an MLB analyst. | Santiago Covarrubias/Sun-Times

David Ross accepts MLB analyst position with ESPN

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Unlike most retirees, former Cubs catcher David Ross is keeping himself busy.

After helping the Cubs win the 2016 World Series, Ross accepted a front-office position with the team, helping with baseball operations and assisting with player development and scouting.

Now he is adding another line to his baseball résumé.

ESPN said Monday that Ross will join the network as a Major League Baseball analyst. He previously was a guest analyst for the network in 2014 and 2015. It was not immediately clear how he’ll balance working for the Cubs and ESPN.

Ross said he’s looking forward to the opportunity to discuss baseball with his new colleagues.

‘‘I’m grateful for the opportunity to join this incredible team,’’ Ross said in a statement. ‘‘We’re going to have a lot of fun this season.’’

In 15 major-league seasons, Ross batted .229 with 106 home runs and 314 RBI and earned two World Series rings — one with the Boston Red Sox in 2013 and one with the Cubs last season.

At 39, he became the oldest player to hit a homer in a Game 7 of a World Series, accomplishing the feat for the Cubs on Nov. 2 against the Cleveland Indians.

ESPN senior coordinating producer Seth Markman called Ross a ‘‘proven leader’’ and said he thinks Ross’ charisma and humor will benefit him in his media career.

‘‘The expertise he’s amassed during his memorable career, which includes the unique experience of winning World Series championships with two iconic franchises, will greatly benefit our audience,’’ Markman said in a statement.

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