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Dan Plesac and Doug Glanville out of running for Cubs’ TV job, Jim Deshaies will interview

Nov 18, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT

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Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com has an update on the Cubs’ search for Bob Brenly’s replacement:

You can add at least one more name to the list: Jim Deshaies. Sources confirmed the longtime Houston Astros color analyst recently interviewed for the job.

Another source said that Dan Plesac – who was viewed as a frontrunner – informed WGN on Friday that he’s withdrawing from consideration and will remain at the MLB Network.

Doug Glanville, who was rumored to be in the running, is now working on a contract extension with ESPN. He serves as an analyst from time to time on “Baseball Tonight” and contributes columns to ESPN.com.

Rick Sutcliffe, Eric Karros, Gary Matthews, and Todd Hollandsworth are thought to be alive as contenders.

Brenly left his post as color commentator on the Cubs broadcasts in October for the same job in the Diamondbacks’ booth. He makes his home in the desert and led the Snakes to a World Series title in ’01.

  1. somekat - Nov 18, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Always good when you get a Doug “Warning Track” Glanville reference.

    I’ve never seen a guy hit more fly balls to the warning track in my life. It was uncanny. He’d go to LA and hit 3 fly outs to the track, then head to Col, and hit 5, then come home, and do it 4 more times.

    If you got some kind of stat for “close to a HR”, he’d be a HOF candidate

  2. boyofzimmer - Nov 18, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    That’s a shame, Plesac would have been a great addition… Some entertainment is sorely needed to make the Cubbies long seasons during the rebuild palatable.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 18, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      How come we don’t see Ozzie Guillen mentioned for this job? He’d be great. And he knows Chicago baseball.

  3. boyofzimmer - Nov 18, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Not familiar with Deshaies, but he sure does seem loved in Houston. Hope they poach him rather than hire any of the lackluster talent mentioned in their contenders list.

    • Brian Donohue - Nov 18, 2012 at 12:37 PM

      I think Deshaies is outstanding, one of the better TV voices in baseball broadcasting. Knowledgeable, funny, completely devoid of that anal, self-absorbed McCarver inanity. But I’d be more interested to see how JD would do working broadcasts of…you know…a good team.

  4. crisisjunky - Nov 18, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Love to see it come down to Dempster or Holland.

  5. boyofzimmer - Nov 18, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    As far as I’m concerned Dumpster burned his bridges with this organization.

    • crisisjunky - Nov 18, 2012 at 2:53 PM

      yeah, but he does a much better Harry.

  6. jeffa43 - Nov 19, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Deshais was the main reason I continued to watch every Astro game this year…

    It certainly was not for the teams play. If Houston dismissed him, that’s despicable !

    He is awesome…. This sucks to hear.

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