Last Sunday Ross announced in church that he would not be continuing his baseball career. He was careful not to use the word "retire", preferring to keep that door open just in case an oppurtunity should arise. He spoke about his years traveling and playing a game that he loved and that he would still be involved in here. He thanked God for blessing him with the talent to play and make it to the major leagues. He also thanked everyone in the church and in this area for the support he had received since he started his quest in 2002.
I have thoroughly enjoyed following his career and posting some of his stats here. Making it to the majors is not an easy task. A lot of things have to be considered when a major league team needs to call up a player from the minors. I have watched several time as Ross was passed over for a another reliever that was not pitching as well he was, simply because he was already on the 40 man roster. I have seen a quite a few pitchers with less talent than Ross spend a lot more time in the majors just because they were at the right place at the right time.
Finally, I would like to congratulate Ross for a job well done and to thank him for giving us all someone to brag about from our little city.