When the Arizona Diamondbacks announced Thursday's hiring of Steve Berthiaume and Bob Brenly to fulfill the role of play-by-play man and analyst, respectively, the club ended the saga that began with the termination of six-year broadcast veterans Daron Sutton and Mark Grace on October 4.
At the time, team president and CEO Derrick Hall described the decision to part ways with the Sutton as one bred from "philosophical differences...things that have happened over the years, just a collaboration here of our personnel dealing with Daron and us trying to go in a direction that was different than he wanted to go as a broadcaster."
Sutton had been suspended by the D-Backs in June for unknown reasons.
As for Grace, the former color commentator's August DUI arrest in Scottsdale was his second in 15 months. Allegedly facing jail time as the Scottsdale Police Department pursues an aggravated DUI charge, Grace was additionally told by Hall that, "if it happened again, we were not going to have him return to the booth...he knew that."
So as the Sutton-Grace duo departs, the club welcomes Berthiaume and Brenly.
Prior to joining Arizona, Berthiaume worked for CNN, various local NBC and ABC affiliates, SportsNet New York (SNY) and most famously, ESPN, where he anchored ESPNEWS, SportsCenter and Baseball Tonight.
Berthiaume's play-by-play experience comes from broadcasting various MLB contests on ESPN as well as various College World Series Super Regional games.
Brenly, meanwhile, managed the Diamondbacks from 2001 to 2004 after a decade-long playing career in the 1980s. With a 303-262 record, his winning percentage is the highest in D-Backs managerial history and his 2001 World Series win is the only championship Arizona has ever secured.
Brenly replaced Steve Stone as the Cubs' analyst in 2004, where he remained until opting out of his contract October 17, 2012 in order to facilitate his movement back to the desert.
For D-Backs fans, Brenly will be a welcome sight in the booth, and although his character does not appear in the D-Backs Legends Race as does Grace's, fans clamoring for a return to the World Series will enjoy analysis from the only world champion D-Backs skipper.
This early offseason, the Diamondbacks were placed into the unenviable position of a de facto requirement in replacing Sutton and Grace. With the acquisition of Berthiaume and Brenly, the club crafted a clever solution that should prove to please a good portion of the team's fanbase.
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