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Will Bob Brenly Return?

Len Kasper and Bob Brenly. The current broadcast team for the Chicago Cubs, and the same team that replaced Chip Caray and Steve Stone after the 2004 season. At the time, Brenly was the former manager that led the Arizona Diamondbacks to the World Series in 2001 and Kasper was a relatively unknown broadcaster who formerly worked for the then Florida Marlins. Though, as the seasons have progressed, Kasper and Brenly have formed a broadcast duo that is admired by a majority of the Cubs’ fan base. Whether it be Kasper’s youthful excitement and his love for sabermetrics; or Brenly’s “no non-sense” style; the two have created for an interesting listen and unique style over their time together with the Cubs.

But, that could all change in 2013. While Kasper will be returning to the Cubs television broadcasts next season, it is uncertain if Brenly will be returning to the Cubs’ organization. Brenly’s current contract with the Cubs expired at the conclusion of the 2012 season, and now, the former manager is one of the most sought broadcasters on the market. According to a report from Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, the Arizona Diamondbacks will have interest in Brenly. However, Gonzales’ report also indicates that the Cubs are trying to extend Brenly’s contract.

The question now becomes will Brenly opt to return to the Diamondbacks, the team that he led to the World Series in 2001 or the Cubs where he has become a voice for the Cubs’ fan base. Certainly Brenly might have interest in joining the Diamondbacks organization once again, but I still expect the former manager to return to the Cubs’ broadcast booth in 2013. Brenly indicated towards the end of the 2012 season that he would like to remain with the Cubs in 2013 beyond.

The reason the Diamondbacks are interested in Brenly, is because their former broadcaster, Cubs’ fan favorite Mark Grace will not be returning to the position. Grace took a leave of absence from his duties with the Diamondbacks after being charged with a DUI on August 23. Because of violating circumstances from his previous DUI in 2011, Arizona Police are attempting to bring Grace up on aggravated DUI charges. Regardless of the outcome of Grace and his legal battles, the Diamondbacks will likely have to look beyond Brenly.

Brenly can currently be heard calling the National League Division series between the St Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals.

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