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Report: Mark DeRosa is retiring

Nov 12, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

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Shi Davidi of Sportsnet says that Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos is saying that Mark DeRosa is retiring.

DeRosa lasted longer than a lot of people thought he might. Sixteen seasons, to be exact, with time spent in Atlanta, Texas, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, Cleveland St. Louis and Toronto. A utility guy for the most part, DeRosa spent the most time at second and third base, but saw stints in the outfield, first base and even 140 games at short.

DeRosa had only four seasons in which he had over 500 plate appearances, but he timed them right, parlaying some good years as a starter into two pretty nice free agent contracts. One from the Cubs after the 2006 season and one from the Giants following the 2009 campaign. As for batting, he finishes his career with a line of .268/.340/.412 with an even 100 homers and 494 RBI.

An Ivy Leaguer, DeRosa has a reputation for being a smart cookie and a good clubhouse guy. He has also dipped his toe into broadcasting, and there’s a very good shot that his retirement was spurred on by a good offer to make that his regular gig. Perhaps with the Cubs.

  1. bobulated - Nov 12, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Definitely can see eventually managing in his future as well

  2. chc4 - Nov 12, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Good player that suffered the injury bug a lot. When he came up with he Braves he was expected to be nothing more than a utility scrub. 16 years and millions of dollars later he hangs em up. Who-da thunk it? Nice goin’ D-Ro.

  3. proudlycanadian - Nov 12, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    During the season, he had said that retirement was a possibility; so this is not a major surprise.

  4. sfp311 - Nov 12, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Sad to see him go, he was a clutch pinch-hitter and invaluable in the clubhouse for Lawrie and the rest of the Jays. It was great to see him get back to what he used to be and not end his career on the DL. All the best D-Ro.

    • cohnjusack - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:58 PM

      You know those jerks who feel the need to be post every time the word “clutch” is bandied about?

      Well, I’m Rick and I’ll be your jerk today.

      DeRosa’s career OPS was .751
      .772 with RISP
      .709 with 2 out and RISP
      .722 in “late in close” situations
      .754 as a pinch hitter.

      • sfp311 - Nov 12, 2013 at 10:19 PM

        His 2013 season with RISP –> .276/.375/.466/.841

      • cohnjusack - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:47 PM

        In 72 PAs. Clutch!
        Or sample size?

        Here is more 70 PA fun.

        70 PAs: .406/.457/1.000/.1.457
        –Chris Shelton’s start to 2006, best hitter ever!

        80 PAs: .200/.400/.350
        –Barry Bonds sure sucked for that part of 2001. Pretty bad year, only posting the 2nd greatest OPS of all time up to that point!

  5. 2131andbeyond - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    A smidgen over $29 million in his career…not too shabby.

    That, and Baseball-Reference most notably compares him to Scott Hatteberg.

  6. soundsofsuccess7 - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    I always liked him. Congrats on a solid career Mark.

  7. angfor - Nov 13, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    MVP for the Cubs in 2008.

    • jerseyvet - Nov 15, 2013 at 4:43 AM

      That he was.

  8. janessa31888 - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    I think we traded him to St. Louis for a talented but eccentric closer prone to tantrums :)
    Mark was well liked the brief time he was here, though.

  9. foreverchipper10 - Nov 14, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Does this mean Muni will be back in Toronto?

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