WGN-TV announced the television personality Bob Brenly will not return as a broadcaster next season and will seek a broadcasting position in a different market. Brenly took over as a color analyst when Steve Stone left in 2004, and was also a radio broadcaster for two years in the 1990s.
Fox News reported that Arizona Diamondbacks broadcasters Mark Grace and Daron Sutton will not be returning to the booth next season, leaving many to believe that Brenly will be seeking that position. Brenly won a World Series as manager with the Diamondbacks in 2001.
Len Kaspar, his broadcast partner and play-by-play analyst, signed a long term deal with WGN last year and is signed through 2016. But who will become his partner?
Many names have already been mentioned, but I think that many are almost certainly only wishes. One of the first names to pop up is Steve Stone, although he is signed to be the White Sox analyst for another two years, with an option for three. There has been obvious discord between Sox broadcasters Steve Stone and Hawk Harrelson, which was predicted from the start. Harrelson is known for his blunt, sometimes offensive and over-fanish personality, the complete opposite of Steve Stone's very professional and neutral perspective.
Kerry Wood has also been mentioned as a favorite for the position, but mainly by fans. Wood, who walked away from the game during the 2012 season, has always been a fan favorite, and would certainly be a solid choice for the position. However, Wood recently told ESPN Chicago that he does not intend to broadcast in the near future, and would prefer to spend time with his wife and kids.
Perhaps one of the leading candidates for the job is Mark Grace. Grace played for the Cubs from 1988-2000, and was also a fan favorite. His voluntary resignation from the Diamondbacks position leads many to believe that he could become the next Cubs television broadcaster.
Other possibilities include Rick Sutcliffe or Todd Hollandsworth, both of which are former Cubs who currently broadcast for ESPN baseball, and Keith Moreland, another former Cub who spent last season in the radio booth with Pat Hughes. Moreland has already been a popular choice among Cubs fans.