The Chicago Cubs are losing a major part of their organization, with the news that Bob Brenly would not be returning to the booth as part of the Cubs’ broadcast team. The pairing of Brenly and Len Kasper made up one of the better analysis duos in baseball, if not all of sports.
It’s unclear what the future holds for Brenly. He could take over for Mark Grace in the Arizona Diamondbacks booth. Or he could end up doing national games on a more regular basis. The latter probably makes more sense, given how Brenly always takes a stretch of games off to watch his kid (who is in the Cubs’ system). The national schedule could allow him to do that.
The issue for the Cubs is now finding a replacement for him. There are plenty of names that have popped up as a potential replacement already. Names like Dan Plesac, Rick Sutcliffe, and Todd Hollandsworth have all popped up, not to mention Doug Glanville as well.
Plesac could be good, but he’s over at the MLB Network. Both Sutcliffe and Glanville are in with ESPN currently. There are probably ways that the Cubs could bring them into the booth if they truly wanted to, but they might already have the guy in mind that they’d want to replace Brenly: Kerry Wood.
Wood’s retirement early on into the season last year was well-documented. It was time for him to call it quits, but that doesn’t mean anything near the end of Wood’s affiliation with the Cubs. He’s a lifer with this organization. Even before he retired, he declared that he’d like to stick around with the organization in some capacity.
The Cubs may have found that capacity with their current color commentator vacancy. Wood’s broadcasting chops aren’t too well known, but he appears to have the personality for it. Sitting next to Kasper, one of the best play-by-play guys in the business, would also help to make his life easier.
Wood won’t be the only candidate for the job, but he could be the most likely. Pretty much every candidate, however, would be preferable over Todd Hollandsworth. Unless mid-afternoon names are your thing.