In something of a surprise, Dan Plesac, considered to be one of the favorites for the analyst role vacated by Bob Brenly, is offically out of the running. He informed WGN that he is withdrawing his name and is staying with MLB Network. Doug Glanville is also no longer in the mix and is re-signing with ESPN according to Patrick Mooney of CSN. Apparently the Cubs did contact him, but it never got close enough for an official interview.
Earlier Mooney had reported that Plesac, Rick Sutcliffe, Eric Karros, Gary Matthews, and Todd Hollandsworth as the five finalists but you can now replace Plesac with another name: longtime Houston Astros announcer Jim Deshaies.
Deshaies is very popular with Houston fans and gets great reviews. The Houston Press named him the city's best announcer in 2008, saying,
"Jim Deshaies had some tough shoes to fill when he took over the Astros analyst spot from Larry Dierker. But let’s just say, as J.D. settles into his second decade as the Astros TV analyst, that he has not only surpassed Dierker, he has perhaps surpassed every other analyst in baseball. The former starting pitcher knows the ins and outs of the game, from pitching to hitting to fielding to strategy.
“Best of all, he’s not a homer, and if the good guys goof up, he’ll let you know how and why. And then there’s his quick wit and his ability to throw out a Seinfeld reference or obscure pop culture trivia at a moment’s notice. Nothing gets past Deshaies, and, if you pay attention, you’ll learn more from him than just about any baseball geek in the country.”
Sounds like he might be a nice fit.
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