Breaking news: According to WGN news, Bob Brenly will be leaving the Cubs to pursue other opportunities. There was nothing specific but many believe that Brenly will pursue an opening with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Len Kasper and Bob Brenly have formed a very good broadcasting team with contrasting strengths as well as having a good chemistry together.
While I do like much of what Brenly brings, I've also been critical of his tendency to fixate on certain players and their flaws/quirks and I stand by that. Criticism is fine and even welcomed, but it has to be even-handed and to be perfectly frank, I'm not sure that was always the case. Overall, though, I do think he brought a lot to the broadcast with his knowledge of the game as well as his ability to work well with Kasper. So I do consider this yet another loss for the Cubs this year.
Here is the statement from Bob Brenly via the WGN blog..
"Working here in Chicago was one of the most enjoyable experiences of my professional career.
The Ricketts family, everyone associated with the Cubs and WGN and, most importantly, Cubs’ fans everywhere, will always be in our hearts, and Joan and I wish nothing but the best for the organization moving forward.
I was very blessed to have the best play-by-play man in the game as my partner for eight years and Cubs’ fans are very fortunate to have Len Kasper as the voice of the Cubs. I’ll miss working with him and we look fondly toward returning to Chicago in the future."
As for possible replacements. three former Cubs: Rick Sutcliffe, Mark Grace, and Kerry Wood, could all be in the mix.