Jim Deshaies to replace Bob Brenly in the booth

Per Danny Knobler at CBS sports,

More broadcasting news: Jim Deshaies leaving Astros TV to replace Bob Brenly on Cubs TV (Brenly went to Arizona).

According to Alyson Footer of MLB.com, the deal is for 4 years.  The Astros did not want to lose him and made a very competitive counter offer.  Here is Footer's full article on the deal.

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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  • Works for me. I have heard him as a guest interview a few times and he does seem to be a good hire.

  • In reply to Hubbs16:

    Agreed. He was entertaining when talking with Len and Bob.

  • From what I've read, Astros fans love this guy and are not going to be happy. A little sad to see what once was a good rivalry with the Astros go, but glad they gave us this parting gift.

  • In reply to kylejo:

    Another parting gift would be for the Astros to take A. Soriano in exchange for some good pitching. They need a DH in their new league.

  • In reply to kylejo:

    He was hugely popular. Nice get by the Cubs.

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    Chirs Berman, back when he did all those baseball nicknames, called him Jim "Two Shadows Against" Deshaies, which always struck me as kind of obscure and funny.

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    Me thinks it's a good hire.

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  • Must have had enough United/Continental frequent flyer miles. At least its not another 80's era Astro, neanderthal Bob Knepper.

  • In reply to urbanleftbehind:

    Don't know much about Knepper. Deshaies is very well respected, though.

  • Pagan re-ups with SF for 4 and 40.

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    Good for Pagan, I'm happy for him. He seems like a decent guy and it's nice to see someone who beat around the minors and was a borderline MLB'er for a while get a nice contract. (Now watch, he'll get popped for PED's next year)

    After Gomes got $5 mil per year to be a platoon player vs LHP only, the value of anyone who can play everyday has to be about twice that, for just regular starting players. Pagan, playing a key position like CF, is almost a bargain at AAV $10 mil per using the 'new math'. Crazy.

  • Another bald guy on the payroll. I'm up next.

  • In reply to Jimmy Greenfield:

    My grandfather lived to be 105 (he was 8 when the Cubs won their last WS) and still had a full head of hair. I'm never going to work for the Cubs.

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    Great news. It sounds like they hired the best person for the job and didn't try to force a Cubs connection into the mix. Good deal. If he's like Brenly I'm going to like him.

  • In reply to Just Win:

    Agreed. The guy is getting a lot of praise from those who have heard his work. Really excited about this.

  • I like the things I've heard about him, and he sounds like a good choice. I became a fan of watching/listening to Bob, so he has some shoes to fill, IMO. Will look forward to the broadcasts.

    By the way, my pick was Eric Karros. I've liked what I've seen from him on TV, and he seemed like a really cool guy who had a blast with the 2003 team, even though he was a bit of an outsider.

  • In reply to TheSinisterUrge:

    Really excited about this hire. From what people are saying, it sounds like he was loved in Houston and that Cubs fans are going to feel the same way.

  • Excellent hire by the Cubs. This the best person they could have gotten, very smart, likable and funny.

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