Mark DeRosa a candidate for Cubs color man

Dave Kaplan tweeted out a new name yesterday as a possible replacement for Bob Brenly...

I've heard Mark DeRosa's name as potential Brenly replacement. Hollandsworth, Jim Deshaies, Karros, Mathews. Plesac/Sutcliffe not interested

DeRosa is a surprise choice but he's a Cubs fan favorite.  He's an intelligent guy, having gone to the University of Pennsylvania, but beyond that he's articulate, knows the game, the players, and the fan base. It's a great fit.

As for announcing  experience, he did get a 3-day shot with the San Francisco Giants,

Broadcasting is "something that I've had my eye on for a little bit," DeRosa said, after it was announced that he and A's pitcher Dallas Braden will be part of the MLB Network postseason team.

DeRosa was considered something of a baseball rat and a student of the game as a Cub.  That should serve him well as a color man.

"I love being around the game. I love talking baseball. I'm not a guy who goes home in the offseason and forgets about it. I religiously watch every playoff game and World Series.  I've got a lot of friends after playing in the league a long time and on a lot of different teams," DeRosa said. "I've gotten to know a lot of guys around the league."

"So, I feel like I have a feel for what makes them tick. Hopefully, (I'll) tell some stories"

As far as the overall search goes, the list keeps changing, so who's your favorite now?

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  • John, any info on when the new hire might be announced. I have to believe it would be before the Convention.

  • Ding! Ding!

    I think you nailed that one Ray.

  • Mark DeRosa went to the University of Pennsylvania. He was the quarterback of the football team.

    If he's hired, he can stay in shape by throwing passes to Samardjiza before games.

  • In reply to clarkaddison:

    Yikes. I knew that. Why did I write Princeton??

  • In reply to clarkaddison:

    Now fixed. Thanks! I need coffee.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    I love how we have great fans here that keep you on your toes. This site is by far the best place to go for the real info about the Cubs! And I had no idea that DeRosa even wanted to do television. He would be my guy right next to Sutcliff.

  • In reply to clarkaddison:

    Didn't Glanville go to the University of Pennsylvania, too?

  • Yep. Cubs have had some pretty smart players.

  • My wife has signed off on this deal.

  • In reply to historyrat:

    That's one hurdle out of the way!

  • The Cubs will have more female fans for sure, but I think that he may be a good choice for the right reasons. He is fun, knowledgeable, and already a popular Cub.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    In all seriousness, I think you're right. He's a smart guy, knows the game, is comfortable behind a mike. Could be an interesting choice.

    I think it's time for a new poll.

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    Of course DeRosa will be hired under Theo, he's Ivy League educated.

  • In reply to James Knott:

    The Ivy League connection! They're all over the front office, why not the broadcast booth?

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    No but seriously I watched that Franchise: A Season with the Giants show on youtube when I was really board one time and he was quite insightful so he would okay at it I think.

  • In reply to James Knott:

    I like this as well. He's a great fit. He's intelligent, knows the game, the players, and the fan base. The only thing he lacks is experience, but that has never stopped the Cubs before. Getting the feeling he's the guy.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Like you said John, he is comfortable behind the mike so experience may not be much of an issue.

  • There should be a poll after the winter meetings are done to see if anyone of us believe the Cubs have moved themselves out of the bottom spot of the division in 2013.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    Could do something like that. Have a related article planned, so it fits.

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    If he brings his wife, I could watch another 100 loss season. Seriously though, it's a good fit for cubs and mark.

  • He's also one guy who could be in the booth, and say, "Dang, I could do better than that !" and go right down on the field and do it. Can he be on the announcing team AND the 25-man roster at the same time haha?

  • I don't know how good DeRosa would be, but from a business standpoint, this is a great fit, it would definitely keep ratings from dropping dramatically with the departure of Brenly, DeRosa is a fan favorite and he knows the players very well, since he's still listed as an active player, he has played with or against most of the players in the league.

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    OT, but John Sickels just posted his top 20 Cubs prospects, and boy is it a nice read:

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    Thanks for the link.

  • I will take some props for this now, even though I changed my user name since then....

    Joe Pepitone said October 19, 2012 at 12:00 am

    This may be thinking outside the box a little bit, but how about someone like Mark DeRosa? Not looking good for him being picked up by anyone in the off season and he may be looking to stay in baseball in some capacity. As I remember, he always seemed to be well spoken when he was here, and does have Chicago ties, as well as having been well-liked in his time here. Just a thought...

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    I still can't believe Rick Monday wasn't considered. From what I've been told, he's fantastic out in L.A. Missed opportunity for the Cubs.

  • With Stoney, Grace, and Sutcliffe seemingly out of it, I'd be fine with either DeRosa or Karros. Both of them were Cubs and loved being a Cub, I just wish it was for longer.

  • This ruins every other option for me. It's DeRo or nothing now.

  • Marlin's still want him to play.

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