Results tagged ‘ Bob Brenly ’

2/10 Cubs 2011 TV schedule released

The Cubs announced their regular season television broadcast schedule on Thursday, and for the fourth straight year, all 162 games will be available in high-definition in the Chicago area.
WGN TV will broadcast the April 1 season opener against the Pirates from Wrigley Field at 1:20 p.m. CT. Comcast SportsNet’s first broadcast will be the next day, April 2, at 12:05 p.m. CT. WCIU’s first game will be April 15 when the Cubs play the Rockies in Colorado at 7:40 p.m. CT. Play-by-play man Len Kasper and analyst Bob Brenly return for their seventh season in the broadcast booth.

— Carrie Muskat

1/7 Cubs Caravan

The Cubs announced the players, coaches and front office personnel who will take part in next week’s Cubs Caravan. There will be two tour groups. On Wednesday, group No. 1 will include Randy Wells, Justin Berg, James Russell, Bob Dernier, DJ LeMahieu, Chris Carpenter, Oneri Fleita, Ivan DeJesus and Dave Keller. Bob Brenly and Dave Otto will take part in the morning sessions, and Len Kasper will join the tour in the afternoon.

Tour No. 2 Wednesday will include Mike Quade, Sean Marshall, Andrew Cashner, Koyie Hill, Jay Jackson, Lester Strode, Randy Bush and Mark Riggins. Kasper will take part in the morning session and Otto will cover in the afternoon.

On Thursday, Tour group No. 1 will include Pat Hughes, Blake DeWitt, Berg, Wells, Hill, Jackson, Carpenter, Fleita, Strode, Riggins, Dernier, and Keller. Group No. 2 will include Quade, Sean Marshall, Kasper, Bush, DeJesus, Russell, Cashner, LeMahieu. Elio Benitez will join the group at Strode School.

— Carrie Muskat

1/7 Len & Bob Bash

The last four years, Cubs TV broadcasters Len Kasper and Bob Brenly have hosted a fund-raising concert in Chicago before the Cubs Convention. This year, Kasper and Brenly are working with the Cubs on a summer date. The fifth “Len and Bob Bash” is coming. Stay tuned.

— Carrie Muskat

9/25 Brenly withdraws from Cubs job

Cubs TV analyst Bob Brenly said Saturday he is officially withdrawing his name from the job as Cubs manager. Brenly met with GM Jim Hendry prior to Friday’s game.

“I don’t feel that at this particular time, it was a good fit for me,” Brenly said. “For personal and professional reasons, this was not the right time for me.”

Brenly did say he has been in contact with other teams regarding their managerial openings. He wouldn’t elaborate as to why he would consider other teams but not the Cubs.

“It just kind of came to a head in the last few days,” Brenly said.

— Carrie Muskat

9/14 Cubs manager search

Cubs GM Jim Hendry is expected to interview former Mariners and D-backs manager Bob Melvin for the team’s managerial position, according to Currently a scout for the Mets, Melvin interviewed for the Cubs job in 2003 but Hendry chose Dusty Baker. Melvin then got the Mariners job.

Hendry already has talked to former Indians manager Eric Wedge and had some preliminary discussions with Ryne Sandberg, named Pacific Coast League manager of the year this season at Triple-A Iowa. Pat Listach, Bob Brenly and current manager Mike Quade also will be considered for the Cubs job in 2011.

On Monday, Hendry said Quade was doing an “outstanding job” since taking over Aug. 23 for Lou Piniella, who retired earlier than planned to go home and take care of family business. The Cubs are 12-7 under Quade.

“He’s certainly done a very good job,” Hendry said. “Like I told him, I was never hung up on what our record would be. We’re winning our share and getting improvement out of some of the young kids. I give him a lot of credit. I think he’s done a real good job so far.”

The Cubs want the manager in place by the organizational meetings, held in early November. Hendry will compile a short list of candidates to present to the Cubs owners.

— Carrie Muskat

5/16 Len & Bob & beer

If you’re in the bleachers on Sunday, don’t bother buying Len Kasper and Bob Brenly a beer. At least not during the game. The Cubs broadcasters are sitting in the bleachers next to the batter’s eye in left center. Did you know the first broadcast from the bleachers was done by WGN Radio on May 29, 1964, when the Cubs played host to the Milwaukee Braves and Harry Caray liked to call a game from there as well.

— Carrie Muskat

5/12 Live from the bleachers

Cubs television broadcasters Len Kasper and Bob Brenly will take their show on the road Sunday. Actually, they’ll be in the Wrigley Field bleachers to broadcast the Cubs’ game against the Pirates. The two will set up in left center next to the batter’s eye. It’s the first time the pair have broadcast a game from the bleachers since the expansion was done.

— Carrie Muskat

1/7/10 Len & Bob Bash

Tickets are still available for the Jan. 14 “Len & Bob Bash,” presented by Bud Light, at the House of Blues in Chicago. This year’s concert will feature performances by G. Love & Special Sauce and The Baseball Project. And Len Kasper and Bob Brenly, the Cubs’ television broadcasters, also will get on stage and perform.

G. Love & Special Sauce is known for a unique blues sound while mixing in classic R&B music. The Baseball Project is composed of avid baseball fans Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Linda Pitmon and Steve Wynn. Each song is related to the sport, including “Jackie’s Lament” about Jackie Robinson and “Harvey Haddix,” which names 17 of the 18 pitchers in baseball history to throw a perfect game.

Tickets are on sale at the House of Blues and on-line at their website. Advanced tickets are $27.50; they’re $30 the day of the show. It’s a great cause and great fun.

Proceeds will benefit Cubs Charities. Since 2006, the Len & Bob Bash has raised more than $107,000 for Cubs Charities.

— Carrie Muskat

11/5 AFL & winter ball update

Michael Brenly smacked a two-run homer in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 8-5 win over the Peoria Javelinas in Arizona Fall League play Wednesday. Brenly is the son of Cubs television analyst Bob Brenly, and was a late add to the Mesa team, replacing catcher Welington Castillo. Mesa and Peoria meet again in Mesa on Thursday.

In Venezuela, Andres Blanco scored two runs and hit a double and Robinson Chirinos had one hit in Magallanes’ 6-3 win over Margarita. In Mexico, Brad Snyder hda two hits, including his fourth home run, in Mexicali’s 6-3 loss to Mazatlan. Matt Camp also had a hit, and was batting .351.

Nelson Perez, who batted .251 with 11 homers and 65 RBIs for Class A Peoria, was hitting .405 for Toros del Este in the Dominican Republic. He has primarily been used as the designated hitter, and has four multi-hit games out of 12.

— Carrie Muskat

9/29 Sing along

Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins was scheduled to lead the crowd in the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley Field Tuesday night. Cubs TV broadcaster Len Kasper will sing for the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader, followed by Wayne Messmer in the night cap. Bob Brenly will do his best rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” on Thursday, followed by Ron Santo on Friday, Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg on Saturday, and the Wrigley groundscrew on Sunday.

— Carrie Muskat