There were rumblings about Bob Brenly leaving the Cubs booth for the opportunity to replace Mark Grace in Arizona. However, it seemed recently that his return to the Cubs booth was imminent.
Did the negotiations break down or did Brenly just feel more comfortable going back out west?
Either way the Cubs have some big shoes to fill. Brenly is considered to rank among the top of analysts in the game. I do have to agree with John and say his constant complaints about certain Cubs players and players of today in general became stale. Overall, he was still an easy listen along with his partner Len Kasper.
I would love to see the Cubs pair a fresh new face with Kasper. Someone who could keep up with him in regards to some of the new school statistical analysis and just a different style in general.
Could a guy like ESPN analyst and former Cub Doug Glanville make sense?
You still have to figure the Cubs may look for the Cubs connection no matter how strong it is. There has been plenty of speculation that Kerry Wood could pop into the broadcast picture in the near future. I could picture Wood breaking into the radio side first to get his feet wet, but I still could see it working on some levels. Wood seems affable enough and pitchers usually make for good analysis.
I talked with a former color analyst and now national studio guy last night regarding the Cubs gig.
He thinks very highly of the job but questions why a national guy like Glanville, Rick Sutcliffe, or Dan Plesac would leave a highly paid national gig that has much less work and travel involved then working for a team, even if it is the Cubs. The industry has changed and the team gigs aren’t as attractive as they once were.
He did however think Plesac and Todd Hollandsworth should be highly considered.
When it comes to Steve Stone or Mark Grace they have to be long shots for sure. Stone made it clear he wants to stay loyal to Jerry Reinsdorf even if he has to continue working with “Hawkey Woo Woo”.
Grace on the other hand would be a great fit if it were not for his recent legal issues. They wouldn’t seem a deal breaker for a guy in the business to have drinking issues (there have been legendary ones) however it seems he may be just too hot to touch right now. ]
It’s too bad; he would make a nice choice.
Overall, I don’t think the Cubs will get this wrong. I will continue to bring more info on the story as things develop.
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