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Swing Time: Ex-Cubs catcher Ross on 'Dancing with the Stars'

The Chicago Cubs think David Ross could be a real factor this season. He has excellent footwork, knows the swing and can handle a partner, all the elements needed to win a championship — on "Dancing with the Stars."

Popular with teammates and fans, Ross retired last fall after hitting a home run in Game 7 that helped the Cubs win the World Series. On Wednesday, the former catcher was part of the cast ABC unveiled for the 24th season of the reality competition.

Ross will be the first major leaguer to appear on the show, which has often been won by NFL, Olympic and race car champions. He got connected with "Dancing with the Stars" when a producer emailed...