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From Bergen To The Bigs And Back Again; Catching Up With Mark DeRosa

From Bergen To The Bigs And Back Again; Catching Up With Mark DeRosa
BY JOE FAVORITO
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

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.

 

Heisman Trophy Winner Pete Dawkins: Rugby And Football Can Learn Together

Heisman Trophy Winner Pete Dawkins: Rugby And Football Can Learn Together
BY JERRY MILANI
FOR NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

There are few more accomplished and well respected business and sports leaders in this country than New Jersey resident Pete Dawkins. The United States Military...

Kentucky Derby 2015 Post Position Draw: The Winners and the Losers

Kentucky Derby 2015 Post Position Draw: The Winners and the Losers
BY TOM VALLEDOLMO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

“The luck of the draw.”

Never does that phrase carry more weight than on the Wednesday night before the Kentucky Derby when the post-position draw takes place for ...

300 Words Or Less: Gibbs Exit at Seton Hall Kicks More Dirt On Willard

300 Words Or Less: Gibbs Exit at Seton Hall Kicks More Dirt On Willard
BY JOEY WAHLER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Seton Hall University’s motto is Hazard Zet Forward, meaning “at whatever risk, yet forward.”

Upon hearing Tuesday of Sterling Gibbs’ impending transfer from coach Ke...

300 Words Or Less: Winding Road For Seton Hall Recruit

300 Words Or Less: Winding Road For Seton Hall Recruit
BY JOEY WAHLER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Braeden Anderson’s journey to Seton Hall has been unorthodox to say the least.

The 6-foot-9, 235-pound Canadian is Seton Hall’s newest basketball recruit, ESPN’s Jeff...

The A-Rod Dilemma; To Promote And How Much?

The A-Rod Dilemma; To Promote And How Much?
BY JOE FAVORITO
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

On April 28 the New York Yankees will have a bobblehead night for one of their stars. He crosses cultural demos and brings people out to the ballpark in ...

300 Words Or Less: Mets That Wore 42: From Famous To Infamous

300 Words Or Less: Mets That Wore 42: From Famous To Infamous
BY JOEY WAHLER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

What does memorable ex-Met reliever Roger McDowell share with infamous former Met pitcher Hank Webb?

They’re among nine Mets that wore No. 42. Again on April 15, each...

On The Pitch or In The MSG Pressbox, Tolleson Makes The Call

On The Pitch or In The MSG Pressbox, Tolleson Makes The Call
BY JOE FAVORITO
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Veteran announcer Joe Tolleson has called a host of sports events in his career, from the Olympics to the NHL. However what he may be known best for is h...

Kentucky Derby’s “Super Six” Have a World of Talent

Kentucky Derby’s “Super Six” Have a World of Talent
BY TOM VALLEDOLMO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

I’ve been covering thoroughbred racing in general, and the Triple Crown, in particular, as a sportswriter/editor and blogger for close to 45 years, and during tha...

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