Results tagged ‘ Len Kasper ’

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

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

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

8/19 Broadcast news

There’s a story Wednesday on about players going from on the field to on camera and becoming broadcasters. Cubs television play by play man Len Kasper was asked who he thought could make a smooth transition to the booth.

“Ryan [Dempster] would be the obvious answer,” Kasper said. “I think he likes the camera, he likes the media. He’s very smart, very funny.

“The biggest thing for any player or recent former player is taking your player hat off and understanding you need to be a broadcaster,” he said. “I once heard the line from Mike Krukow, and I think it was Hank Greenwald who told him, ‘You have two choices — you’ll either be known as a former player or as a broadcaster.’ When you think about it, former players who become broadcasters, when it’s all said and done, most people remember them for their broadcasting careers as much as their playing careers. That’s a key distinction. When you do this job, you’re a broadcaster first, ex-player second, and I think my partner [Bob Brenly] embodies that. I think Ryan would jump right in.

“I think Carlos Marmol would be great,” Kasper said. “He has a great personality and loves the game. Every time I talk to him we have an interesting conversation on some nuance of the game. He asks me questions about what we have going on. Knowing him, he might be able to do it in English at some point. He’s gotten much better at his English.

“Jake Fox would be excellent,” Kasper said. “He’s really smart. The big thing for Jake is to slow down. He talks real fast. I think he’d be a natural.”

— Carrie Muskat

Cubby blue

Three members of the Blue Man Group were on the field during the Cubs’ early batting practice session, talking to Ryan Theriot, Micah Hoffpauir and some of the other players. They posed for photos. If you haven’t seen the show, the men are bald, they wear black jackets and pants, and their faces and hands are all bright blue. It was a weird sight.

* The West Side Social Club is hosting an evening with Lou Piniella and Ernie Banks on July 8 at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in Chicago to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Tickets are $50 and limited. Visit for info.

* The lineup for seventh inning stretch singers at Wrigley Field for the homestand include:

Thursday: Bill Kurtis, broadcaster

Friday, Bob Uecker, Brewers Broadcaster

Saturday: Len Kasper, Cubs TV Broadcaster

Sunday: Greg Olsen, Chicago Bears Tight End

Monday: Erik Estrada, actor. It’s ’70s night

July 7: Tom Dreesen, comedian

July 8: TBD

July 10: Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks captain

July 11: Brad Miller, Chicago Bulls center

July 12: Kurt Busch, NASCAR driver, for the day game, and Ron Santo for the night game.

— Carrie Muskat

BB's bum knee

The Cubs have been relatively healthy this spring, but do have one “player” on crutches. Bob Brenly, the Cubs’ TV analyst, was hobbling Monday after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Brenly says he had the procedure done in preparation for possible knee replacement surgery after the season. He’s used to this — he’s had seven surgeries on his knees. That’s what happens to catchers. Monday was his first Cactus League game. Brenly and teammate Len Kasper will have their first broadcast Wednesday from Las Vegas.

“I could play,” Brenly said. “I’m day to day.”

— Carrie Muskat