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Chicago Cubs Narrow Broadcaster Search Down to Five

November 6th, 2012 at 10:10 PM
By Chester Baker

The replacement for Bob Brenly may soon be announced. The Cubs are set to begin interviews this week with five candidates: Dan Plesac, Rick Sutcliffe, Eric Karros, Todd Hollandsworth, and Gary Matthews as confirmed by sources to Comcast Sportsnet. As Brenly begins his new job with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Cubs will look to one of the five men to fill in alongside Len Kasper in the broadcast booth. 

'Rick Sutcliffe' photo (c) 2008, Aaron - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

One notable name left off the list is Kerry Wood, who retired with the team last season. Although he may not be ready to step behind the microphone this year, chances are Wood will eventually find a role with the team. For now, Chicago has a fine set of candidates to choose from. 

Plesac is currently a member of the MLB Network and brings a wealth of broadcast experience to any station he joins. Plesac has Chicago connections as he played for the Cubs in 1993 and 1994, as well alongside Dale Sveum. The former pitcher was also a member of the Comcast Sportsnet Chicago outlet, where he was a member of the Cubs broadcasting crew from 2005 to 2008, before leaving to join the MLB Network in 2009. 

Sutcliffe is still held by contract with his current station, ESPN, as reported by the Chicago-Sun Times. Sutcliffe can currently be seen as America's most watched sports network on baseball broadcasts throughout the season. While the Cubs job would require him to work more often than his cushy ESPN gig, the Cy Young winner has a ton of history with Chicago, so he could see this as an opportunity for a homecoming. 

Karros is another candidate with Cub connections, as he spent the 2003 season in the North Side. Still, he is more remembered as a Dodger where he spent all but two of his 14 years in the bigs. He is currently working with Los Angeles on the broadcast team, as well as seeing some time in the national spotlight as color man for Fox. 

The only candidate currently reporting on the Cubs is Hollandsworth, who serves as the pregame and post game host for Comcast Sportsnet. He has also appeared before a national audience, honing his skills on Sirius XM and the MLB Network radio. Cub fans may also remember hearing Hollandsworth on WGN, when he filled in for Brenly on a couple of occasions. 

The final choice on the list is Matthews who knows the organization from all aspects, as he played for the Cubs in 1980s before joining Dusty Baker's coaching staff. He is currently a colorman for the Phillies. 

Tags: Baseball, Bob Brenly, Chicago, Chicago Cubs, Dan Plesac, Eric Karros, Gary Matthews, Len Kasper, MLB, Rick Sutcliffe, Todd Hollandsworth

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