Mark DeRosa Announces Retirement
Veteran infielder/outfielder Mark DeRosa announced his retirement on Tuesday. The 38-year old spent the 2013 season with the Toronto Blue Jays, amassing 204 at-bats in 88 total games. The Jays signed DeRosa to provide a veteran presence and leadership to a young Jays club. DeRosa was also tasked with mentoring and calming the often Red Bull infused Brett Lawrie.
During that span, DeRosa posted a slash line of .235/.326/.407 while making appearances at first base, second base, third base and designated hitter.
Sportsnet beat writer Shi Davidi broke the news on Tuesday, having heard of DeRosa’s decision through team Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Alex Anthopoulos:
AA says Mark DeRosa is retiring
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) November 12, 2013
Davidi spoke with Anthopoulos in regards to the news of the DeRosa retirement and this is what the General Manager had to say.
[quote]“Obviously I thanked him for everything. I know he was only here a year, but he had a tremendous impact on some of the players … developmentally,” said Anthopoulos. “He also helped us win the games we did win because he had a good season and he helped a lot of guys on the club.” “He can still play,” said Anthopoulos, “but family considerations were important to him, as they should be.”[/quote]
After making his Major League debut with the Atlanta Braves in 1998 and staying there through 2004, DeRosa spent his next nine seasons with eight different organizations: the Braves, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals and the Blue Jays.
DeRosa’s decision to walk away from the game comes shortly after the Blue Jays exercised his $750,000 option for the 2014 season. Family comes first leaving the Blue Jays with the task of finding a replacement for the consummate professional in that of DeRo.
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