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Bob Brenly expects to re-sign as Cubs announcer despite Diamondbacks speculation

Aug 27, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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Mark Grace taking an indefinite leave of absence as Arizona’s television analyst following a DUI arrest has led to some speculation that former Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly could take the job when his contract with the Cubs expires at the end of this season.

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune asked about that possibility and Brenly pretty clearly shot it down, calling it “rain delay filler” and adding that “I have every confidence that we’ll get something done” to remain with the Cubs.

Brenly and play-by-play man Len Kasper are among the best television duos in baseball and announcing Cubs games is certainly a much higher-profile (and presumably higher-paid) gig than doing the same for the Diamondbacks. Brenly has been the Cubs’ analyst since replacing Steve Stone in 2005 and is currently finishing up a four-year contract.

  1. larryboodry - Aug 27, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    I hope he stays…Disappointed in why Grace is taking that leave of absence.

    • paperlions - Aug 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      Yeah, but better for Grace to take a leave and get his life back together than to act like he doesn’t have a problem.

  2. tartan1 - Aug 27, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    I’m not entirely positive that Bill Cowher and Bob Brenly are indeed different people. Has anyone ever seen both of them in the same place at the same time?

    • mreezybreezy - Aug 27, 2012 at 1:14 PM

      I’ve heard Bob point out before in a broadcast that he loves going to Pittsburgh because people always give him free donuts and such thinking he’s Cowher.

      But yeah, sign this guy up for life. Len & Bob are just about the best thing going for the Cubs at the moment.

  3. thereisaparty - Aug 27, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Since when is 2 DUI’s in one year reason for dismissal?
    -Dan McLaughlin

  4. Alex K - Aug 27, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    I love Len and Bob. I hope they stay on to do Cubs games for a long time.

  5. sawxalicious - Aug 27, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Brenly has no problem wearing the company polo-shirt…

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