Mark DeRosa considered coming back and playing again, but there will be no more seasons in a Major League Baseball uniform for him. Starting with the winter meetings in Orlando, Fla. next month, DeRosa is headed to TV to be a studio analyst for the MLB Network. The Chicago Cubs (one of his former teams) also considered him to be a radio analyst, reportedly, but TV is DeRosa's future. Plus, there's very limited travel involved with MLB Network, which has studios near New York City. Why go on the road with the Cubs for 81 games when you don't have to?
DeRosa, 38, played in parts of 16 seasons in the majors, breaking in as a shortstop with the Atlanta Braves in 1998. He batted .268/.340/.412 with 100 home runs in 4,094 career plate appearances with eight teams, most notably the Texas Rangers. After enduring recurring injuries to his wrist, DeRosa finished his career on a healthy note with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013.
Always well-spoken (and frequently having something to say) in interviews, he's a natural to transition to media.
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