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The Cubs added a new voice to the television broadcasts, reportedly hiring long-time Astros analyst Jim Deshaies to join Len Kasper in the booth and fill the opening created by Bob Brenly’s departure. Brenly, 58, left after eight seasons with the Cubs to join the Diamondbacks broadcast team.
Deshaies, 52, reportedly accepted a four-year offer from WGN. MLB.com has confirmed the deal. Deshaies had been a part of the Astros broadcast team since 1997, and was considered a longshot because it was assumed WGN preferred to have a former Cubs player as the color commentator. Dan Plesac, Todd Hollandsworth, Rick Sutcliffe and Eric Karros, who all played for the team, were mentioned as possible analysts. However, Brenly never played for the Cubs.
Deshaies pitched for six teams over a 12-year Major League career and established himself as a rookie with the 1986 NL West champion Astros. As a broadcaster, he is well-respected for his extensive knowledge and keen insights, but it was his quick wit that won Astros fans. He’s an easy conversationalist and is known to keep things entertaining during tough stretches. Brenly, popular with the Cubs fanbase, had a similar reputation. The parallels between the two broadcasters may have been a big selling point as WGN searched for a new color man.
Kasper is entering his ninth season as the Cubs’ television play by play broadcaster.
Deshaies does know Wrigley Field. His last game as a pitcher came against the Cubs on July 30, 1995, at Wrigley. Brian McRae doubled to leadoff and one out later, scored on Mark Grace’s RBI single. One out later, Todd Zeile hit a two-run homer off a 3-2 pitch to go ahead, 3-0. Jose Hernandez led off the Chicago second with a home run to left, and one out later, Deshaies walked Jim Bullinger and then McRae singled to left. Deshaies was pulled and that was it.
– Carrie Muskat
* According to Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Dan Plesac told WGN on Friday that he’s withdrawing from consideration for the Cubs TV analyst job and will remain at MLB Network. There’s a new name in the mix: Astros broadcaster Jim Deshaies has reportedly interviewed for the Cubs TV analyst job, open after Bob Brenly left to join the Diamondbacks’ TV team.
Also, Doug Glanville is reportedly no longer being considered. The former big league outfielder is reportedly close to an extension with ESPN.
Who is Deshaies? A left-hander known as J.D., he pitched for 12 seasons, including seven with the Astros from 1985-91. His last game was an abbreviated start on July 30, 1995, at Wrigley Field. He gave up six runs on five hits, including a first inning home run by Todd Zeile and another blast in the second by Jose Hernandez over 1 1/3 innings as the Cubs rolled to an 8-0 win over the Phillies. Deshaies reportedly holds the Major League record for most at-bats without an extra-base hit (373). Deshaies just completed his 15th season as color analyst for the Astros.
Brenly did not have a direct Cubs tie, playing all but one season with the Giants.
* The Dallas Morning News reports free agent relief pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa visited Wrigley Field and the Cubs’ facilities. Fujikawa also has talked to the Rangers, Diamondbacks, Angels and Dodgers, and all have some level of interest. The 32-year-old right-hander has compiled a 1.77 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 914 strikeouts and 220 saves over 692 1/3 career innings for the Hanshin Tigers in Japan.
* Josh Vitters and Tony Campana are both playing in the Venezuela Winter League for Caracas. Vitters has started one game at third and was 0-for-3.
* Tuesday is the deadline for Major League teams to finalize their 40-man rosters.
– Carrie Muskat