With the NL Central Division Championship in hand Thursday, the Chicago Cubs decided to give Mark DeRosa 007 Casino Royale , one of their most valuable bats and versatile defenders, a few days of rest. DeRosa suffered a strained calf in Wednesday’s 9-6, 10-inning win over the New York Mets.

The free time allowed the Cubs right fielder and second baseman to join MVN’s Joe Aiello and Brandon Rosage Thursday for a chat about Lou Piniella’s enthusiasm for studying video of opponents, his injuries through the ’08 campaign, Chicago’s stream of comeback wins and recovering from a heart procedure mid-season to correct an irregular heartbeat.

The discussion also covered DeRosa’s pre-season struggle with Cubs management over their efforts to find a new second baseman, as well as his risk assessment of blogging in the Chicago clubhouse and managing two personal websites, and

The Mark DeRosa interview was produced as part of MVN’s Major League Baseball talk podcast “The Pitch,” which is released every Monday and Thursday at Dorothy Mills movie full .

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids and helps people protect their assets as an independent insurance agent. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail