mark derosa cubsBelieve it or not, there’s a fresh BN Podcast episode on the way later today!

  • Ladies, guard your hearts, and gents, guard your … well … hearts: although he was under contract for 2014 at $750,000, Mark DeRosa has elected to retire. That means the long-time Cubs fan favorite is available to become the new color man in the radio booth for WGN, as we discussed yesterday. DeRosa, one of several reported options for the gig, has provided occasional commentary on various broadcasts over the last few years He would certainly be an energizing choice – as energizing as a possible one-year radio color man can be. If DeRosa is looking to break into broadcasting, though, maybe a short stint – assuming the Cubs can’t figure out a way to lock him up for a longer period regardless of the WGN radio contract potentially ending after 2014 – would be perfect for him. It’s not unlike those short-term, “prove it” contracts the Cubs’ front office would be all to fond of handing out to free agents these days. And, if things aren’t working out with Pat Hughes come July, the Cubs can flip DeRosa for a high school broadcaster.
  • Don’t expect the Cubs to go out of house for a third baseman in 2014, as GM Jed Hoyer tells that he’s very happy with the Cubs’ depth at third at the organizational level, and in terms of big league coverage in 2014. It sounds like it’s going to be a mix of Luis Valbuena, Donnie Murphy and Mike Olt at third to start 2014. The former two would probably operate in a platoon if Olt can’t win the job outright.
  • The Mesa Solar Sox won again yesterday, getting a 1-3 effort from Jorge Soler with a walk. Kris Bryant and Albert Almora were each 1-4. Lendy Castillo threw an inning where he struck out one and gave up an unearned run … but he also walked three. Oof.
  • Although Red Sox GM Ben Cherington tells CSN that the Cubs were never denied permission to interview bench coach Torey Lovullo, it is because the Cubs never technically requested permission. But, reading the report, you can still that this is just further confirmation of how things played out: because of the agreement not to poach Red Sox employees tied to Theo Epstein’s hire after the 2011 season, the Chicago Cubs – strictly speaking – were not even allowed to ask about trying to hire a Red Sox employee. So let’s not get mixed up in the language: the essence is that the Red Sox prevented their bench coach from interviewing for one of the top managerial jobs in the game because of a two-year-old agreement that was put in place when he wasn’t even a Red Sox employee. They can color it however they want. It was a shitty thing to do. But the Cubs now have Rick Renteria, and all is well. Moving on.
  • I like you Mark Titus of Grantland. I’ve always liked you. (See the fourth footnote.)
  • The Willis Tower in Chicago (née Sears Tower) is no longer the tallest building in the United States, with the new World Trade Center taking the title thanks to the spire on top, which was ruled a true “spire” and not a mere antenna (yup, that’s actually a thing that people discuss … and drag mayors into the fight).
  • JB88

    Just to clarify one thing, antennaes on buildings CAN count, but they have to be part of the original plans for the building, not a later addition. The original plans for the Sears Tower called for a much smaller antennae than the ones currently on the building, hence the reason why this doesn’t count.

    I’m pretty sure, though, that, if the antennae did count, the Sears Tower would still be the tallest building in the world.

    • hansman

      No, that tower in Dubai dwarfs pretty much everything else.

      • YourResidentJag

        Also can forget about the Petronas Towers in Malaysia. They’re quite the marvel as well.

      • JB88

        I stand corrected. The tower in Dubai is nearly 1000 feet taller than even the antennaes on the Sears Tower. Quite impressive. With antennaes, the Sears Tower stands 1730 feet. It is however taller than the Petronas Towers in Malaysia (by 300 feet when you factor in the antennae).

      • DarthHater

        But for sheer bad taste, nothing can rival the Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel in Mecca, currently the second tallest skyscraper in the world, towering over Islam’s holiest site like a nightmare from 1910:


  • Die hard

    DeRosa would be a great first base coach

  • justinjabs

    — Like I tweeted last night, I like the idea of Pat Hughes handling the broadcast himself (a la Vin Scully, just with bathroom breaks), but the commentary I heard from DeRo in the postseason wasn’t bad. Bring him in, only place to go is up.

    — There is no way in hell the Cubs should go out and get a 3B, too many IF options already. In fact I’d go so far as to say that they should not add ANY infielders this offseason, unless they lose some. I’m fine opening the season with Rizzo/Castro/Barney/Valbuena/Murphy/Gamel, with Olt, Vitters, Watkins(?), Baez, and maybe even Bryant trying to break their way into the mix.

  • Dan Foote

    Just to get things started this morning, let me put this question out there for discussion:
    If DeRosa is NOT hired to the radio gig, what job would he be best suited for within the Cubs organization? Big league level? Minor league level? I’m curious what everyone thinks.

    • justinjabs

      Nowhere at the big league level for him to go, really. Does Cubs Con invite (please!) then hang out/pseudo coach at Spring Training count as a “job”?

  • josh ruiter

    I think he could be a positive guy to have at 1b or 3b? or as a minor league manager even. Radio would be awesome too.

  • Jono

    Question for saber people.

    I recently started getting into sabermetrics and am thinking about how to use those stats to help draft my 2014 fantasy teams. Here’s what I have so far. Does this make sense?

    Players with below career average BABIPs in 2013 might be undervalued and players with above average 2013 BABIPs might be overvalued. Then I look at ISO to indicate which players have the most pent-up power due to a depressed BABIP and which players will be exposed for their lack of power if their BABIP regresses to their career norm. Do those ideas make sense? Should I look at GR% FB%?

    I haven’t even gotten into pitching yet.

    • hansman

      Going that route, you can’t compare their BABIP to the league average. Some hitters just tend towards high or low BABIPs. You need to compare it to their average.

      Otherwise finding quality fantasy players is out of my realm. For whatever reason I usually draft like dog crap.

      • Jono

        I wasn’t comparing individual players’ 2013 BABIPs to league average. I was comparing it to career average.

        • hansman

          Hooray for reading comprehension!

          • Jono

            it happens to the best of us

      • Jono

        “Players with below career average BABIPs in 2013 …..”

    • Jono

      I’d still love some input here. I’m sure it’s been lost due to more recent articles.

  • Blackhawks1963

    Forget about DeRosa…

    “MLB Network today announced that after a 16-year career, Mark DeRosa has joined its roster of on-air talent as a studio analyst. DeRosa, who served as a guest analyst on MLB Network during the 2013 and 2011 Postseasons, will appear across MLB Network’s studio programming and make his debut on MLB Tonight on Monday, December 9, live from the Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida.”

  • Edwin

    Plus, maybe the Cubs can flip DeRosa for a younger radio prospect at the deadline.

    • baseballet

      If they can find an announcer who had a bad year previously, he’d be a buy-low candidate they could flip at the deadline. Calling Mark Grace…

      • YourResidentJag

        Why? Why can’t the have another guy who’s a play by play guy/ analyst with a good voice for radio? If Dave Revsine is interested, I’d be ok with that. He’s done minor league bb games in the past.

        • FullCountTommy

          Dave Revsine is THE MAN (seriously, cool dude, my best friend’s wife baby sits for his kids haha)

          • YourResidentJag

            Yeah, just found out though he’s a White Sox fan. So, probably not. But he’s seems like a great guy and very intelligent as he graduated from Northwestern and studied as Rotary scholar in Dublin.

  • baseballet

    DeRosa should have to start out announcing A-ball games, with subsequent promotions only as he dominates each level.

  • Alex

    New podcast. YAY!

  • jt

    IMO, those concepts you mentioned interrelate. Because the pitcher controls location, movement and velocity of the pitches it is a bit easier to see those relationships via the perspective of the pitcher.
    Luke offers a great deal of insight as he justifies his appraisals.

    • jt

      meant to answer Juno’s question

    • Jono

      ok. i was trying to find a secondary stat that was relatively independent to BABIP to use as an indicator for how much offense is being held up (or inflated) by an outlier BABIP year. I’ll keep looking

      • jt

        Jason Powers presented some interesting views of spray charts for particular players.
        The pitchers can change the way they attack a hitter or the hitter can change his general approach. Such a tool does not make it obvious which is happening but can lead to other questions which may lead you to look at other stats.

        • Jono


  • Blackhawks1963

    Except that DeRosa has officially taken a job as full time studio analyst with MLB Network. He’s no longer in the market for a job folks. Move on.

    • YourResidentJag

      Move on…that’s seem to be a prevelant theme with you.

      • hansman

        I like how he has already repeated himself twice on this just in the span of a few minutes. I expect factual follow-ups for 2 weeks.

        • YourResidentJag

          HA! Me too.

        • Fishin Phil

          I actually like the repetitive nature of his posting. When you get as old as I am, you forget what your read a couple of minutes ago.

  • beerhelps

    Congrats on the shoutout from Titus at Grantland. Very cool.

  • Rich

    As long as he replaces Kevin Millar..
    is there anyone more annoying then that guy..
    holy crap…

    • YourResidentJag

      Yeah, that show of his is a waste of time….nothing against Chris Rose.

  • Curt

    Yeah but tht tower in Dubai is a joke many of the top floors are just a shell, elevators don’t even come close to the top, and most of the building dosent hve wrking bathrooms I think yr building should be totally functional to count but actually in the end Who cares lol

    • ssckelley

      Seriously? Did they just want the title for the worlds tallest building?

  • macpete22
    • YourResidentJag

      Yeah, why exactly the Marlins…if that’s the case maybe the Astros as well? Hmmm…..

    • Jono

      Wow, now THAT’S a juicy story.

    • ssckelley

      Very interesting, if Baez can stick at shortstop he projects extremely well offensively even with all the strikeouts. But since Baez is an every day player I am not sure I would like a 1 for 1 swap for pitching.

      But yeah, hmmmmmm…interesting stuff.

      • Jono

        agreed. Looking at WARs, top offensive players provide more wins than top pitchers.

  • ssckelley

    MLB Network gig must pay well, it is odd DeRosa walked away from a $750K contract.

    The benefits of the DeRosa trade to the Indians is still paying off, and it might for some time yet.

    • YourResidentJag

      Well, isn’t he from NJ….it’s probably close to home for him as well. People forget that. See Girardi.

      • ssckelley

        Good point, $750K must not be worth the hassle of MLB travel when you can be home and report to work close by.

  • Cubbies4Life

    Saw this on Yardbarker today re Rick Renteria’s challenges, and I quote: “…such as top prospects Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, Junior Baez, and Albert Almora.” JUNIOR Baez? What ever happened to proofreading? Gawd….!

  • Kenster

    Sooooo Ervin Santana is asking for 112 million over 5 years. Either baseball contracts are getting out of hand or Santana is doing some serious Crack cocaine

  • MightyBear

    DeRosa out as candidate for WGN. Signed with MLB network. That was quick.