Ed Note: This piece appears courtesy Bloguin's MLB blog The Outside Corner
During his 16 seasons with eight different MLB teams, Mark DeRosa developed a reputation as a leader in the clubhouse and a sounding board for both veterans and younger players alike. After playing part-time for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013, DeRosa, 38 and a father of two, made the decision to retire and join MLB Network as its newest former-player-turned-talking-head.
Known for his versatility on the field -- DeRosa played six different positions and batted .268 with 100 home runs and 494 RBI in his career, winning a World Series with the San Francisco Giants in 2010 -- the University of Pennsylvania alum will bring this utility player approach to the set where he will appear across MLB Network’s studio programming. DeRosa seemed to be a natural based on his experience serving as a guest analyst on MLB Network during the 2011 and 2013 postseasons and with TBS during its Division Series coverage this year.
We caught up with DeRosa at the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, shortly after his debut on MLB Tonight.no comments