Bob Brenly informed the Cubs, WGN and Comcast SportsNet on Wednesday afternoon that he will not be returning for a ninth season in the Cubs’ TV booth. Brenly has been the color analyst for Cubs baseball since the 2005 season.
According to multiple reports, Bob Brenly is expected to return to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Brenly has been linked to the Diamondbacks’ color analyst job since the team decided not to bring back Mark Grace after his second DUI in 15 months. Brenly could not say where or for which team he would be calling games for next season but the announcement is expected to be made in the next two weeks. Bob Brenly thanked the Cubs’ organization, the Ricketts family and both WGN and Comcast SportsNet in a statement he released Wednesday. Brenly said working in Chicago “was one of the most enjoyable experiences” of his professional career.
Bob Brenly and Len Kasper formed a good team in the Cubs’ booth for the last eight years. Brenly had a way of telling it the way it was without crossing the line.
The search for Brenly’s replacement will begin soon. Some of the early candidates to replace Brenly could include Steve Stone, Kerry Wood, Doug Glanville, Rick Sutcliffe, Dave Campbell, Todd Hollandsworth and Keith Moreland. The Tribune reported Eric Karros, Gary Matthews Sr. and Darrin Jackson could also be in the mix. Steve Lyons told the Tribune he is interested in the job and hopes to be interviewed.
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