Former Cub Mark DeRosa calls it quits

Former Cub Mark DeRosa calls it quits
November 12, 2013, 7:15 pm
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Tony Andracki

Former Cubs fan favorite Mark DeRosa will retire from baseball this winter.

DeRosa turns 39 in February and spent the last few years of his career in a reserve role with the Blue Jays, Nationals, Giants, Cardinals and Indians.

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The super utility player had the two best years of his career in Chicago, hitting .289/.373/.451 with 31 homers and 159 RBI in 298 games between 2007-08. He was a big part of the '08 Cubs team that won 97 games and led the National League in runs scored.

DeRosa was reportedly on the preliminary list to replace Keith Moreland alongside Pat Hughes in the Cubs' WGN radio broadcast, but signed on with MLB Network as an analyst Wednesday. Kerry Wood, Rick Sutcliffe, Doug Glanville, Ryan Theriot and CSN Cubs pre/post analyst Todd Hollandsworth are also said to be on the radio list.

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DeRosa will finish his career with 100 career homers, 494 RBI and a .751 OPS in more than 1,200 games, playing every position on the diamond besides catcher, pitcher and center field.

The Cubs dealt DeRosa away after the 2008 season, acquiring Chris Archer in the deal who wound up being a vital piece to the Matt Garza trade.