Texas Rangers tv guy and former Cubs announcer, Josh Lewin, called into Mike Murphy’s WSCR show Wednesday to answer questions about Mark DeRosa.
According to Lewin, DeRosa is a get-the-uniform-dirty kind of player, was a “real contributor to the community” in Dallas, is that rare Ivy Leaguer who “won’t drop big words or go all big league on you” (I think that means he’s not condescending to the press), and is not at all the player who was non-tendered by the Braves just a couple seasons ago.
Lewin says DeRosa has so altered his approach to hitting that in many ways, he is now a virtual carbon copy of his close friend, Rangers star, Michael Young, down to their ceremonial, pre-swing toe tap.
That being the case, I’d like to return DeRosa and his 735 lifetime OPS and take Young and his 2005 AL batting title. If the two are as well matched as Lewin suggests (“They’re even both 6-foot-1, 185-pound white guys!”), it might well be August before anyone notices the switch, and by then, the Cubs could already have the NL Central race well in hand.