Cubs Broadcast Search: Wood says No, Glanville intrigued, Sutcliffe says call me...maybe

Okay, so I have to apologize right off the bat for referencing what has been one of the most annoying pop songs in recent memory.

On with the notes which, unsurprisingly, are all about the broadcast booth today...

  • Cross Kerry Wood off the list.  He gave an emphatic no when speaking to David Kaplan. Wood said he had "no interest" in being a broadcaster, which is what some have suspected all along.  I think that partly has to do with his personality and partly with his family.  I keep thinking back to his last game when the first thing he did hug his son.  It was as if the moment he stopped pitching, that became his priority, and you can't do that in a broadcast booth travelling for half the year.  I think he'll take some position here in Chicago with less travel, but where he can still serve some sort of ambassador role.  Said Wood, ""I have no interest in the position. I will be at spring training with the Cubs and I will work for the organization but I have no interest in becoming a broadcaster."
  • Kaplan's list is similar to ours except that he also adds Ryne Sandberg to the list.
  • As for  other candidates, Paul Sullivan names three who may have interest: Rick Sutcliffe, Doug Glanville, and Steve Lyons. Glanville needs to be careful what he says because he is still employed by ESPN, but the idea seemed to pique his interest, "“I had a wonderful experience in my time in Chicago, which always included a positive relationship with the fans and the media. I am grateful that the support persists, as seen in all these comments that I would be a good fit for this amazing opportunity. Clearly in this industry, there is a lot of change, a lot of uncertainty. At this time, I am with ESPN, which I am thoroughly enjoying and hopefully I’m representing Chicago well in the process.”
  • Rick Sutcliffe's response sent a mixed message, "“They came to me before Joe Carter got it, before Bob got it,” said Sutcliffe, who currently works for ESPN. “They came to (my house in) Kansas City a couple of times. They know the route if they choose to go that way again. I don’t know (if I’d take it)... I will spend the rest of my life trying to repay the Cubs and the fans for everything they did for me. If down the line it ends up I go back to working for them. That would be great.”  It sounds to me a bit like Sutcliffe is a little weary of the process but you have to think that beyond that, he does have some genuine interest.
  • I was asked my opinion about the Brenly departure on ChicagoSide along with a few other local bloggers.  My answer was uncharacteristically short :) but it cuts to the heart of why I believe Brenly will be missed here in Chicago.



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  • I think Glanville would be perfect for the job. An ex-cub with
    good experience behind a mike.

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    He's my favorite too. I'll have to say that people have been throwing out some really good names out there, but so far he's my pick.

  • I'm kind of glad Wood won't be in the mix. Just because he was a popular player, that makes him a good color guy??? It has to be someone who has done some TV work , the Cubs need someone with some tv experience

  • In reply to Steve Flores:

    I'm not sure I ever envisioned him in the booth either, at least not at this point. Mostly because I never really thought that Wood himself really pictured himself in that role.

  • John is correct now that Brenly is gone, he has left some big shoes to fill. Maybe many fans did not fully realize his value and may impatient with the new hire.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Agreed and I hope that we can wait since we won't be hearing that person until spring. The Cubs have plenty of time to get this right.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Who will do the actual hiring? WGN or the Cubs?

  • WGN.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    This could then end up being a short term hire, if the Cubs opt out of their contract in 2014.

  • I just feel the need to post this in one of the broadcaster posts. Carrie Muskat has shot down any possibility of Mark Grace being the new color commentator on Twitter:

  • In reply to Jim Weihofen:

    Hmmm. Very interesting. The list is starting to narrow. And then there were 6?

  • I don't know much about Glanville, but I like his quote up there. I'm still hoping for Stoney or Grace, but wouldn't be at all upset if it was Sut.

  • Hi John,

    I read in a couple of places that some people are calling for Ryne Sandberg to fill that job, but he just took the third base coaching job for the Phillies. He's moving toward his goal of managing. Why would he want to move into the booth?

  • In reply to AZBOB:

    I don't know really. I think his strengths are on the field. It could be some wishful thinking.

  • John: Non-thread related but I read that Dave Magadan left Boston today to take the Rangers' hitting coach job. Bummer.

  • In reply to JC 2012:

    Disappointing, isn't it? Where's the challenge? Texas is going to hit even if I'm the hitting coach.

  • I wouldn't mind if Eric Karros got in the conversation (haven't really been following), but the FOX job may be too cushy to leave.

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