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Jim Deshaies leaving Astros to become Cubs announcer

Dec 3, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT


Cubs announcers Bob Brenly and Len Kasper were one of my favorite MLB broadcasting duos, so I was sad to see Brenly take the same job with the Diamondbacks six weeks ago.

Luckily for Cubs fans they’ve found a really good replacement for him in Astros television analyst Jim Deshaies, who’s leaving Houston for Chicago to work alongside Kasper.

It’s a tough loss for Astros fans, because Deshaies is really good–seriously, he’s definitely the most underrated local announcer in baseball–but the Kasper-Deshaies duo should be absolutely fantastic.

Prior to becoming an announcer Deshaies pitched 12 seasons in the big leagues, seven of them with the Astros. He had a 4.14 ERA in 1,525 innings, making 253 starts, and retired following the 1995 season.

  1. kmgannon - Dec 3, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Deshaies is awesome. Great pickup for the Cubs–now, if they could put as much effort into getting good players as they do good announcers….


  2. Andrew Chapman - Dec 3, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    This is a sad day for us in Texas. First Napoli, now Deshaies.

  3. kelshannon19 - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    This is the worst news an astro fan could hear.

    • stex52 - Dec 3, 2012 at 10:18 PM

      I have a hard time believing that Astros management cares anything about what we think. Just when you think their moves can’t get more ridiculous……….

  4. Alex K - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    NOT SUTCLIFFE!! Big win for Cubs fans everywhere.

  5. jeffa43 - Dec 3, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Honestly, Deshais was flat out brilliant and I don’t know how I would have kept watching them last year if it were not for Browny & Deshais.

    They made a horrible team bearable to watch. They were really fun to listen to, despite back to back 107 loss seasons.

    Stros front office screwed this one up, coming from a fan who spends money on this team year in and year out.

    Sad news!

    • stex52 - Dec 3, 2012 at 8:15 PM

      Old Lose-Now and his minions strike again. This is really pathetic.

      I have a hypothesis. I call it “Son of Ed Wade.” Jeff Lose-Now is a plant from the Cards to undermine and alienate the Astros fan base – just in case they don’t want to watch DH ball on the west coast and are looking for another midwest team that plays real baseball to follow.

      It’s working pretty well with me.

      • jeffa43 - Dec 3, 2012 at 8:38 PM

        Great… Thanks Stex… I wish your opinion was not so logical, but it is… And you are not making me feel better..

        Bagwell was actually really good on Home Saturdays… Funny, good insight, and good story’s. So they might not want to do that either.

      • stex52 - Dec 3, 2012 at 10:16 PM

        Postolos just put out a statement that they “Did everything in their power to keep Deshaies.” Everything, of course, except offer him a job.

        How stupid do they think we are?

  6. 27xwschamps - Dec 3, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Loved JD on stros games..funny as all get out. Guess i’ll b watchin WGN alot this year..

    • bradmoss1 - Dec 4, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      A lot of us that don’t have Comcast will be watching WGN next season.

  7. astrofaninkc - Dec 4, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    The announcing was the only thing that made that horrible team worth watching. God damn the Cubs…

    Just wondering though, wouldn’t the decision have been made by Fox Sports Houston and not the Astros?

    • tone360 - Dec 4, 2012 at 1:09 AM

      Dude, “god damn the Cubs”??? With all we have suffered through??? Save your breath man. It can’t be much worse as far as franchises go. 104 years and counting.

      • astrofaninkc - Dec 5, 2012 at 12:03 PM

        You’re right, God already damned the Cubs when He scored that Steve Bartman guy a seat in prime foul ball territory.

    • stex52 - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      Why blame the Cubs? If the Astros had bothered to offer him a deal, we’re not having this conversation. There was a broadcast in September where Kevin Eschenfelder said good bye to the guys because he was going to Comcast. Why him first? And Deshaies still with no offer? That’s three months ago. Don’t kid yourself. The Astros wanted this to happen.

      And they are employees of the Astros.

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