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mark derosa, 2003 topps #598, braves

Player: Derosa, Mark

Card: 2003 Topps #598

Position: 3B/2B/OF

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Mark Thomas DeRosa (born February 26, 1975 in Passaic, New Jersey) is a former professional baseball player who played for the Braves, Cubs, Indians, Cardinals, Giants, Nationals and Blue Jays. DeRosa primarily played third and second base, but started at every position other than center field, pitcher, and catcher. He currently works for MLB Network as a personality on MLB Central.

Mark graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in the class of 1997 - he was also one of six Ivy Leaguers on major league rosters at the beginning of the 2009 season. He was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 7th round (212th overall) of the 1996 Major League Baseball draft. He made his MLB debut on September 2, 1998 as a shortstop.

On February 23, 2008, DeRosa was taken to a hospital after having trouble breathing and having a rapid heart beat. On February 28, he had a successful heart procedure at Northwestern Memorial Hospital to correct an irregular heartbeat. His heart procedure earned him the nickname of "the Pulse", which was also the name of his blog on www.cubs.com.

DeRosa received the John Cerutti Award after the 2013 season, presented annually by the Toronto chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America to the player who best represents the spirit of the late Blue Jays pitcher.

Despite having multiple wrist injuries/surgeries which impacted his play, Mark finished with a respectable .268 lifetime batting average and a solid .340 OBP. After retiring in 2013, DeRosa accepted a position as a studio analyst with the MLB Network. He has been the broadcast announcer for the video game franchise MLB: The Show since replacing Harold Reynolds in MLB The Show 18.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


1999 Topps Prospects #426
2002 Topps Total #644
2004 Topps #503
2005 Topps #72
2007 Topps #351
2008 Topps #507
2009 Italian American Baseball Heroes #35
2009 Topps #168
2010 Topps #280
2010 American Caramels #20
2011 Topps #434
2012 Topps #US-227
2013 Topps #US-96
2014 Topps #273


Mark Derosa is also part of the Topps Card Tour – 2003 Topps – Go to the Next Stop

DeRosa is part of the Born in New Jersey Tour – go to the Next Stop

De-ro is also part of the Braves Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

Jeff is also part of the Chicago Cubs Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

The Pulse is also part of the New York/SF Giants Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

Mark is also part of the St. Louis Cardinals Players Tour – Go to the Next Stop

Mark is also part of the Cleveland Indians Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

“The Pulse” is part of the Great Italian American Player Nicknames Tour – Go to the Next Stop

See all Mark’s baseball cards at TCDB

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