The Tigers had the first eye for Cody Ross in 1999. Cody signed with Detroit in the fourth round draft. In the Minor League, Cody won several awards including 2002 Eastern league All-Star and the 2003 Triple A All-Star. He was also very popular with the fans. They voted Cody “most popular player”, so Cody gets his first bobble head. Cody hit his first grand slam with the Tigers in 2003.
In April of 2004 Cody gets traded to the Dodgers. Cody played AAA ball until 2006. In spring training of 2006, Cody hit 4 home runs, leading the team. This helps him make the 25-man Roster. Cody is now a major leaguer. In the first 8 games for the Dodgers, Cody bats .500, with 7 hits, 2 home runs and 9 RBI’s. Frustrated because of limited playing time, Cody goes to management.
The Dodgers traded Ross to the Reds on May 1st, 2006. On Cody’s first at-bat, he gets hit on the pinkie. Three days later the Reds put him on the 20-day Disabled List. (Ross gets to work out with long time idol Ken Griffey Jr.) The Reds activate Cody on May 23rd. On the 26th Cody gets traded to the Marlins. Narron, the GM of the Reds tells Cody to remember him when he becomes a free agent. Narron basically gave Cody away for his own good. The Reds were really full of veteran established outfielders and knew Ross would not get much playing time when Griffey came off the DL…It was the best move that could have been made for Ross.
Now a Florida Marlin, Ross is working his way into the line up. After playing with 3 teams in less than 3 months, it has been a whirlwind for the all star that can’t find the hat stand. I think he just found one. I saw a #12 Marlins Jersey hanging on it.