Mark Thomas DeRosa... Played college baseball and football at University of Pennsylvania, spurning athletic scholarship offers
from Rutgers, Seton Hall and William & Mary... Played 3 seasons of baseball, during which Penn went 75-50 (.600) and captured a pair out outright Ivy League/Lou Gehrig Division titles and shared another in '96 with Princeton... Tallied 102 career RBI
and is member of Penn's Baseball Hall of Fame... Was the Quakers' starting quarterback in '94 and '95... Quakers went 16-3
in those 2 seasons, including a perfect 9-0 (7-0 Ivy) mark in '94... In 2 seasons as Penn's quarterback, threw for 3885 yards
(4th on Penn's all-time career list) and 29 touchdowns... As a senior in 1995, threw for 2053 yards (7th on Penn's all-time list)
and 16 TD's... Threw for a single-game career-best 360 yards on Nov. 19, 1994 against Cornell... Graduated from and played
baseball and football at Bergen Catholic (NJ) High.
Closed the season on a strong note, batting .316 (6-for-19) in September...Posted 14 walks in 101 plate appearances...Missed 75 games during the campaign due to a pair of stints on the disabled list (left oblique, April 28-June 24; left abdomen, Aug. 5-31).
In 2nd and final year with the Giants, hit .279 in just 46 contests/86 at-bats ... was again plagued by injuries ... two separate DL stints were necessitated by inflammation in left wrist (missed 13 games) and a left wrist strain (69) ... contributed off Bruce Bochy's bench, posting 5 pinch hits and 4 pinch RBI ... hit .400 (14-for-35) with 8 RBI in final 16 contests.
Was limited to just 26 games in his 1st season with San Francisco after having season cut short due to season-ending surgery in July...batted .194 (18-for-93) with 3 2Bs, HR and 10 RBI.
Appeared on Opening Day roster for 9th time in his career in his 13th big league season and 15th overall in professional baseball...became 4th different Giant to start in left field on Opening Day in last 4 years (Barry Bonds - 2007, Dave Roberts - 2008 and Fred Lewis - 2009). ... Became just 3rd Giant since 2002 to homer in his debut with team, hitting solo shot in 8th inning off LHP Tim Byrdak in SF's opener on April 5 at Houston...Ray Durham (March 31, 2003 at San Diego) and David Bell (April 2, 2002 at Los Angeles-NL) were last Giants to accomplish feat (Elias)...finished day 1-for-3 with 2 runs. ... Did not start 3 games from April 18-20 due to mild right hamstring strain, suffered by running from 1st to 2nd base in 3rd inning of Giants' 9-0 win over Dodgers on April 17...DeRosa, who prior to injury had never experienced any hamstring or quad issues in his career, said he felt as if he got shot by BB gun...pinch-hit on April 19 at San Diego and struck out with runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out...was back in starting lineup on April 21. ... Hit 2-run single off Philadelphia's Roy Halladay in 1st inning on April 26 at AT&T Park to give Giants 2-0 lead in eventual 5-1 victory. ... Missed 8 days from May 9-20 before being officially placed on 15-day disabled list on May 21 with left wrist neuritis...underwent MRI exam May 10 that revealed aggravated nerve in his left wrist...also experienced numbness in ring and pinky fingers of his left hand, which prevented him from swinging bat effectively...underwent surgery Oct. 26, 2009 to repair torn tendon sheath in his left wrist, an injury he sustained soon after joining St. Louis in trade from Cleveland on July 1. ... Flew to Baltimore May 27 to see wrist specialist, Dr. Thomas Graham, who told DeRosa that he would eventually need surgery on his left wrist, but it hadn't reached point where playing could risk full tendon rupture. ... Began rehab assignment May 31 with Class A Advanced San Jose and appeared in just one game, going hitless in 4 at-bats before transferring to triple-A Fresno where he played in 3 games, going 4-for-11 with one RBI. ... Put hault to his rehabilitation assignment and received more medical tests in hopes of discovering why he got pins-and-needles sensation in his hand during baseball activity...ended up having season-ending surgery on July 1 to repair his ruptured tendon sheath and also had his carpal tunnel "released" to allow for better nerve conduction...Dr. Thomas Graham performed both surgeries in his Cleveland office.
Batted .250 (129-for-515) with 23 2Bs, career-high 23 HRs while driving in 78 RBI in 139 games between Cleveland and St. Louis...was invited to participate in 2009 World Baseball Classic for Team USA and batted .316 (6-for-19) with HR and team-leading 9 RBI in 6 games...his team was eliminated from contention with loss in semifinals to Team Japan...started year with Cleveland after being acquired from Cubs on Dec. 31 for pair of minor league pitchers and batted .270 (75-for-278) with 13 HRs and 50 RBI before being traded to Cardinals in late June, where he hit .228 (54-for-237) with 10 HRs and 28 RBI...while with Tribe started year in 0-for-12 slump, however hit safely in his next 8 games (.333, 13-for-39), capped by 4-for-7 performance with career-high tying (4th time) 6 RBI April 18 at New York-AL...homered in 3-straight games on pair of occasions: June 14-16 and July 26-28...went on 29-game stretch from April 27-May 30 where he was one of best Tribe hitters, batting .319 (36-for-113) with 5 HRs and 17 RBI... was acquired by St. Louis in trade from Cleveland in exchange for right-handed pitchers Chris Perez and Jess Todd on June 27...went on disabled list with left wrist sprain July 1 and missed 13 games before being activated July 17...was errorless in 67 games with Cardinals...hit 8 HRs in his 1st 22 games as Red Bird, tying Reggie Sanders (2004) and Richie Allen (1970) as quickest Cards to do so...his 10th inning bases-loaded HBP on Aug. 4 w New York-NL forced home go-ahead run, giving
him game-winning RBI, 1st by Cardinals batter via HBP in extra innings since Jerry DaVanon did so in 4-3, 10-inning win over Mets July 25, 1974 (Game 1).
Was set to begin his third season with the Chicago Cubs prior to a New Year's eve trade that sent him to the
Indians...Owns a .302 career batting average (232-767, .847OPS) against left-handed pitching...Has been
clutch with the bases loaded, going 29-76 (.382) with four career home runs in that situation...Owns a .350
batting average (14-40) with a home run and nine RBI in 19 career post-season contests, including a .389
mark (14-36) in 15 Division Series contests... Over each of the last 3 seasons since 2006 he has posted 70+
RBI with on-base percentages of .357 or higher...Walks the last 4 seasons (16-44-58-69)..n 2008 he had a career year, setting personal bests with 21 home runs, 87 RBI, 103 runs, 69 walks and a .376
on-base percentage in 149 games for the Cubs... He finished tied for 11th in the National League in runs and
16th in on-base %. On the year he hit .310 (45-145) off left-handed pitching (.398OB/.497SLG/.894OPS) and
.322 (46-143) with runners in scoring position, which ranked 6th in the entire National League...Played at least 20 games at four different positions, appearing at six different spots on the season...Played 95
games at second base (80 starts), 22 at third base (10 starts), 38 in right field (32 starts), 27 in left field (21
starts), one at first base and one at shortstop... Among 2008 Major League players who appeared in at least
90 games at second base, he finished T3rd in home runs (21), 4th in RBI (87) and 3rd in on-base % (.376)...
Invited to participate in the 2009 WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC for TEAM USA.Was just the second Cub since 1956 to collect an extra-base hit in eight consecutive games when he turned
the trick August 21-28 ...The eight consecutive games with an extra-base hit was part of a 10-game hitting
streak, August 19-28 (16-38, .421 with an .895 slugging percentage)...Homered in four straight games, August
21-24, the first Cub to do so since Fred McGriff accomplished the feat September 20-23, 2001...Enjoyed a torrid August in which he batted .378 (34-90) with seven homers, nine doubles, a triple, 25 runs (2nd
in NL), 24 RBI and a 1.181 OPS for the month ... Scored a run in 10 consecutive games, May 9-19, becoming
the first Cub to do so since Matt Stairs, May 27-June 7, 2001...Was 4 for 12 w/2 2B, 1HR, 4RBI in 3 games of
the NLDS vs. LA Dodgers.
In his 1st season with Chicago, Mark proved to be versatile in field, appearing at 6 different positions in career-high 149 games...batted .317 (44-for-139) with RISP, including .328 (19-for-58) clip with RISP and 2 outs in an inning...played 93 games at 2nd base (88 starts), 37 games at 3rd base (31 starts), 1 game at shortstop, 22 games in right field (13 starts), 1 start in left field and 9 games at 1st base (5 starts)...cracked his 2nd career grand slam June 3 vs. Atlanta...recorded his 500th career major league hit with a 7th inning single June 13 vs. Seattle...had career-high 5 hits Aug. 16 and Sept. 17, both vs. Cincinnati...batted .333 (3-for-9) with 2 runs scored in 3 starts in NLDS against Arizona.
He set career highs in almost every category including 136 games and 520 at-bats. He also set career highs with 78 runs scored, 40 doubles, 13 home runs and 74 RBI. He batted .200 (20-100) in September and .165 over his last 17 games with one multi-hit game. DeRosa spent the last two days under .300 for the first time since April 30. He hit his career-high 40th double 9/19 vs. SEA and was the fourth Ranger to record 40 doubles in 2006. His 74 RBI were more than the 73 he totaled in his last 3 seasons (2003-05) with Atlanta and Texas. He was named Rangers' Player of the Month for August after finishing the month with a batting average of .327 with 5 home runs and a team best 25 RBI. He was named AL Player of the Week for week ending Aug. 13, batting .433 (13-30) with 2 doubles, 4 home runs and 15 RBI. He started at six different positions (1B, 2B, SS, 3B, RF, LF) as well as DH and was the first player in majors to do that this season. He started 20-or-more games at three different positions (2B, 3B, RF), becoming first player in club history to match that feat.
Batted .243 with 8 home runs and 20 RBI in first American League campaign...appeared in 64 games, making 41 starts...started 21
games in right field, 8 at second base, 7 at shortstop, 4 at third base and one as designated hitter.
Batting: Was 1-16 (.063) in first 12 games...lone hit during stretch was an opposite field HR on April 15 vs. Oakland in his 3rd at-bat
with the Rangers...batted .260 (13-50) over next 21 games to raise season average to .212...was 1-10 in 5 games from August 10-
17...hit .405 (17-42) with 4 HR and 8 RBI in 17 games from August 18-September 17 to rise from .197 to .271...went 4-30 (.133) in
final 11 games, including an 0-17 slump to finish the season at .243...hit career-high 8 HR in just 148 at-bats, surpassing previous
high of 6 HR set in 2003...recorded season-high 3 hits on 3 occasions...matched career-high with 3 RBI on August 27 at
Baltimore...hit game-tying pinch-hit HR off Mariners closer Eddie Guardado on September 17 vs. Seattle...batted .322 (19-59) with
5 HR and 12 RBI against left-handers and .191 (17-89) against righties...hit .328 (20-61) with 7 HR and 13 RBI in 33 games at home
and .184 (16-87) in 33 road contests...hit .321 (17-53) in the 7th inning or later.
Other Notes: Made Texas debut on April 15 vs. Toronto after not playing in first 10 games...was last player on the club's opening day
roster to appear in a game in 2005...former Penn standout started 7 games alongside former Princeton hurler Chris Young...they
were just the 2nd Ivy League tandem in the last 50 years to start for the same team...Ron Darling (Yale) and Bill Almon (Brown) started
alongside each other in 2 games for the 1987 New York Mets.
Tore his right ACL on Sept. 25...batted just .223 before losing his job as the starting third baseman on June 15...matched Atlanta team record with four-error performance at Colorado on May 2...hit .355 (11-for-31) in August.
Made 25 starts at 2B, 18 at 3B, 8 at SS, 2 at DH and 1 in LF in his 1st full season in the majors...Hit .364 in last 20 games (24 x 66, 2 HR), starting August 30...Beginning July 13, hit .304 (41 x 135) over last 49 games...Only major league game at 1B occurred July 20 vs. Mets (not as a starter)...Go-ahead PH, 2-run HR off Billy Wagner in the 9th inning May 1 at Houston is his only career PH HR and was the Braves' 1st of 6 in 2003; Braves won that game, 8-7...2003 POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Division Series (Chi.): Appeared in four games, hitting .429 (3x7) with 2 2B and 2 RBI...Scored lone Braves' run in a 3-1 loss in Game 3...Started at 2B for Game 2, replacing an injured Marcus Giles and had the game-winning RBI on a 2-run double in the 8th inning in a 5-3 Braves' win...Appeared in Game 1, Game 3 and Game 4 as a pinch hitter.
Made starts at 2B (26), SS (14), 3B (3), LF (1) and RF (1)...Had a 7-game hitting streak (11 x 33, .333) Sept. 14-21...Had career-high 4 hits in 1st game of September 11 doubleheader vs. Mets; homered in that game and in the September 10 game vs. Mets...Hurt ankle rounding first base on a double May 17 at Colorado...On DL May 18-July 17 with torn tissue in right ankle.
Filled in for the injured Rafael Furcal at shortstop before switching to a backup role with the
acquisition of Rey Sanchez at the trading deadline...Hit .417 (15 x 36) with 2 HR vs. LHP...Hit .370 (10 x 27)
with 1 HR with RISP...Hit first Major League home run off Graeme Lloyd leading off 10th inning, to give Braves
a 2-1 win over Expos July 21...Had a 10-game hitting streak (16 x 32, .500, 5 R, 5 RBI) June 23-July
13...Stroked 6 straight hits from June 23 at NY through the 7th inning of June 28 game vs. the Mets...Recalled
from AAA Richmond June 1...Hit .296 with 2 HR, 17 RBI and 7 SB in 49 games at Richmond.
2000 marked the third straight season in a row that Mark spent time with Atlanta...Was with major league club on three occasions: may 5-21, June 13-29 and Sept. 5-end of season, spending rest of time at AAA...Hit .292 for R-Braves with 3 homers and 35 RBI in 101 games...Compiled a 10-game hitting streak (19 x 42) with Richmond May 30-June 9...Batted .337 at home (61 x 181)...Went 4 x 13 with 1 2B, 3 RBI, and 4 runs in 13 games with Atlanta: All 3 RBI came in May 13 game a 11-2 win May 14 at Philadelphia.
Spent most of season with AAA Richmond. Hit .320 (16 x 50) over first 12 games through April 24. Homered and knocked in a season-high 4 runs May 8 vs. Buffalo. Compiled 8-game hitting streak May 28-June 4 (11 x 27, .407, 1 HR, 8 RBI). Recalled to Atlanta June 9. Went 0 x 8, primarily as a pinch-hitter. Optioned to Richmond July 1. Raised BA from .256 to .285 in first 12 games after return to R-Braves. Had an 8-game hitting streak July 6-16 (15 x 31, .483, 6 RBI). Went 11 x 23 (.478) over 6 games Aug. 7-12. Missed a week after spraining right ankle Aug. 21 at Columbus. Hit .295 after June 1.
Finished 2nd on AA Greenville squad in games (123) and at-bats (462). Struggled early (16 games, 8 x 53, .151), before compiling a 5-game hitting streak April 24-28 (8 x 20, .400), including homers in back-to-back games April 25-26 at Knoxville. Hit safely in 16 of 19 games May 4-24 (24 x 67, .358, 12 RBI). Went 4 x 4 with 2 2B June 7 at Birmingham. Compiled a season-high 14-game hitting streak July 1-17 (24 x 53, .453). Hit .347 vs. LHP and .370 with runners in scoring position and 2 out. Led all Southern League shortstops with a .964 fielding pct. Braves purchased his contract from Greenville Sept. 2. Appeared in 5 games with Atlanta, going 1 x 3.
Hit .269 in 92 games for Class A Durham. Hit for the cycle (2 RBI) May 2 at Wilmington. Broke the hamate bone in his left hand on a check swing at Salem June 28, and went on disabled list the next day. Was in hot stretch immediately before injury, hitting safely in 9 of 10 games (14 x 41, .341). Hit .300 (24 x 80) in June. Came off disabled list Aug. 13, and went 3 x 4 in first game back against Prince William. Named to the Carolina League All-Star game, which was played in Durham.
Began pro career at Eugene (Short A). Compiled a 6-game hitting streak June 17-23 (13 x 25, .520, 2 2B, 7 RBI, 1 SB).