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He never played here during his 17 year Major League career, but former MLB outfielder, infielder and catcher Mark DeRosa grew up here (Passaic), and starred in high school (Bergen Catholic) before going on to Penn and is now back in the area, at least during the week, as the co-host of Secaucus-based MLB Network’s new morning show, MLB Central, with Lauren Shehadi and Matt Vasgersian. Housed in the network’s gleaming new studio, MLB Central is becoming a go-to show for the latest news and entertainment on and off the diamond.
We caught up with DeRosa to talk baseball, Bergen County and lessons learned during a life behind the plate and in the field.
1) What was the biggest transition in going from the field to the broadcast side for you?
The biggest transition was I played with more than 200 current players and there are times when I have to be blatantly honest about their play on the field. I promised the guys that knew I was coming to TV that I wouldn’t forget how hard this game is. I’ve been through my 1-for-30 struggles as well, so I know this game could be cruel at times. It’s a game of a failure. At the end of the day, I was a vocal leader on a lot of teams that I played for and I got to know almost all of my teammates on a personal level, especially later in my career. So, I feel like the players know my voice and opinions are coming from a good place.