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October 7, 2013

Numbers don't do Red Sox' Ross justice

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Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth — who was teammates with Ross in Triple-A and then from 2009-11 with the Atlanta Braves — said Ross spent time with Braves pitchers on the bench talking about different hitters.

“He’s got a big personality,” McLouth explained. “He talks a lot, which I’m not saying in a bad way at all. Very positive. He knows baseball and he’s just a fun, fun person to be around. ... He knows what he’s talking about.

“He’s a big help to any team he’s on. That extends (beyond) the field. He’s a good catcher, a really good catcher, but the other things he brings are very important, too.”

Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo called Ross and Gomes “born leaders” but said they lead in different ways.

“They have great experience, great knowledge and the ability to share information,” Lovullo said. “People just want to be around them. You’ll find yourself in the clubhouse kind of gravitating to them. On top of that, they are really good baseball players who know how to contribute in a special way. I know both would like to be everyday full-time starters. That doesn’t affect their leadership qualities.

“They’re able to contribute in our scouting report meetings. They’re not afraid to speak up. We’ve asked them to have an expanded role of going out and talking to younger players and helping them through tough moments or if they see a situation, they can jump right on it and instruct and teach.

“We pay attention to them because they’ve earned that respect. They know how to do things the right way.”

Will there be life in baseball for these two after their playing careers are finished?

“David Ross sees the game a little bit differently than Jonny does,” Lovullo said. “But I think that they’d both be exceptional staff members if that’s the road they want to choose.”

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