More broadcasting news: Jim Deshaies leaving Astros TV to replace Bob Brenly on Cubs TV (Brenly went to Arizona).
We originally reported Deshaies candidacy back on November 18th,
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.”
Zachary Levine of Baseball Prospectus also had great things to say,
Cubs fans got just about the best there is in Jim Deshaies for their TV color analyst job. You'll love him.
Christina Kahrl of ESPNs also approves,
Should make for a great broadcast. One more reason to look forward to 2013.
Jayson Stark of ESPN gives his endorsement,
Great hire. JD is as good as it gets. RT “@ESPNChiCubs: Cubs blog: Source: Cubs hire Deshaies as TV analyst
MLB.coms Alyson Footer, who is from Houston, chimes in with,
Cubs fans, you’re going to love Deshaies. He loves Chicago, Wrigley Field, cold weather, pizza. It’s his kind of town I tell ya...When Brenly announced he was leaving, I said something close to "Oh poo." Had a feeling the Cubbies would be calling our old pal JD.
I like this hire. With DeRosa still wanting to play, Deshaies and Karros were my next choices.
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