Former Arizona Diamondbacks’ manager and current Cubs’ color analyst Bob Brenly interviewed on Thursday for the vacated skipper’s job in Milwaukee. Brenly is on a short-list of candidates that includes former managers Ken Macha and Willie Randolph. Brenly recently signed a contract extension to remain with Len Kasper in the Cubs’ booth and some feel Brenly could be the best man for the job….especially with his knowledge of the team the Brewers have been trying to catch for the last two seasons.
According to a report by Paul Sullivan in the Tribune, if Brenly ends up on the Brewers’ bench then former Cubs and current Arizona Diamondbacks’ color analyst, Mark Grace, could take Brenly’s vacated spot on Cubs’ television broadcasts. Other names that have been mentioned as a possibility to join Len Kasper if Brenly does depart….former Cubs, Eric Karros, Dan Plesac and Todd Hollandsworth.
Grace was asked about the possibility on Thursday and said “he hadn’t heard anything about the possibility of returning to the Cubs as a broadcaster.”
Grace was very outspoken about the Cubs last two post-seasons. Here is a link to the full report from the Tribune….it is well worth the read.
Bob Brenly in Milwaukee could prove to be a very smart hire for Doug Melvin. Brenly knows the Cubs strengths and weaknesses and has seen the entire division up close for the last four years….plus according to Sullivan, it would be interesting to see how he handles facing Alfonso Soriano after the comments he made criticizing the Cubs left fielder on a couple of occasions this past season.
Brenly’s comments about Soriano were very accurate at the time and pointed out one of the many challenges Lou Piniella must meet next season….
Not only could Mark Grace return home….but he would replace his former manager and the skipper responsible for the ‘ring‘ on Grace’s finger.