Posted on 02 November 2010 by Lou
Congrats to our former Chicago major league baseball players who earned World Series rings when the San Francisco Giants topped the Texas Rangers in Game 5 of the World Series last night. Former Cubs players Mike Fontenot and Mark DeRosa and former White Sox players Aaron Rowand and Juan Uribe each won world series rings with the Giants win. It was the 1st World Series rings for each of Fontenot and DeRosa. Rowand and Uribe each played pivotal roles in the White Sox World Series win back in 2005.
Uribe started all 5 World Series games for the Giants – he had 3 hits (including a home run in Game 1), 3 runs scored and 5 RBI’s.
Rowand played in 2 World Series games for the Giants and had a pinch-hit 2-run triple in Game 1. He also scored a run in Game 1.
Fontenot came into the Giants’ Game 2 9-0 win as a defensive replacement and did not earn an at-bat.
DeRosa has been hampered by injuries each of the last 3 seasons. He played in only 26 games for the Giants in 2010 because of a wrist injury.
Congrats guys – you all deserve it!!!
Posted on 31 December 2008 by Lou
I was so glad when the Cubs decided not to trade Mark DeRosa back during the MLB winter meetings in order to make the Jake Peavy trade work with the Padres. DeRosa is a solid player at bat and in the field, and he is a great presence in the club house. With his versatility and positive attitude, DeRosa is the consummate “team player”. So why did GM Jim Hendry and the Cubs trade Mark DeRosa to the Cleveland Indians for 3 minor league pitchers?!
Allegedly, it was done to clear some salary space so that the Cubs can go ahead and sign the coveted left-handed hitting outfielder to balance out the Cubs predominantly right-handed hitting lineup. But it’s hard for me to believe that the $5.5 million the Cubs owed DeRosa for the 2009 MLB season would truly the “prevent” the Cubs from signing Milton Bradley or any of the other free agent left-handed hitting outfielders on the market.
One can’t help believe that this could be a precursor to the re-kindling of trade talks with the San Diego Padres for ace Jake Peavy. The Cubs picked up 3 minor league pitchers from the Indians for DeRosa. Padres GM Kevin Towers continually said that the Cubs did not have enough pitching prospects in order to make the Peavy deal work. Will any of these 3 pitchers fit the bill for Towers? (Oh yeah – by the way – the 3 pitchers are reliever Jeff Stevens (5-4 with a 3.24 ERA in 36 games at the double-A and triple-A minor league levels); reliever John Gaub (3.38 ERA in 34 appearances at the single-A minor league level); and starter Chris Archer (4-8 with a 4.29 ERA in 27 starts at the single-A minor league level).
In addition, there are rumors floating around that the Cubs are close to dealing Jason Marquis to the Colorado Rockies for veteran releiver Luis Vizcaino. Again, the Cubs are focused on the fact that this will free up salary cap space to sign a left-handed hitting outfielder. But if the Cubs deal Marquis, they will be left with 4 starters plus Sean Marshall or Angel Guzman to fill the 5th starting pitcher slot. With the injury concerns with Carlos Zambrano and Rich Harden down the stretch in September 2008, do the Cubs really want to go into 2009 with that thin of a rotation?
I’m sad to see DeRosa go, but if it is indeed a single move that leads to 2 or 3 other moves that bring in a Milton Bradley and Jake Peavy, I will be very happy. I guess I’ll have to wait and see before I make my ultimate judgment…
Posted on 22 December 2008 by Lou
Looks like Team USA will have at least one member of the Chicago Cubs on its 2009 roster. Mark DeRosa has agreed to play for the Team USA team. DeRosa is a hot commodity because of his solid bat and his versatility in the field – he can both either corner outfield position as well as any position on the diamond (besides catcher and pitcher) – although he will primarily serve as Dustin Pedroia’s back-up during most games.
DeRosa had a career year for the Cubs in 2008 – .287 batting average, 21 home runs and 87 RBI’s.
Team USA begins its practices on March 2, 2009 in Clearwater, Florida. Team USA will play Team Canada in its first game on March 7th. Italy and Venezuela are the 2 other teams that Team USA has to play in its pool.
Kosuke Fukodome (Japan) and Carlos Zambrano (Venezuela) may also play for their home countries.