DeRosa quick to become team leader
Though new, versatile infielder being recognized for attitude
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The day he arrived to the Indians' Player Development Complex last week, Mark DeRosa asked a clubbie if it would be all right for him to cut the sleeves off a warmup fleece.He didn't want to disobey any of Eric Wedge's spoken or unspoken policies. "I'm not a guy who likes to make any waves," DeRosa said. "I want to go with the flow." But Wedge -- who, for the record, didn't get in the way of DeRosa's chop job on the fleece -- believes his new third baseman will have no trouble fitting in here. In fact, Wedge is already referring to DeRosa and closer Kerry Wood as leaders in the Indians' clubhouse.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.