Eric Karros was an unmistakable fan favorite for the Chicago Cubs in 2003. He’d come over from the Dodgers in a bad contract swap (together with Mark Grudzielanek in a deal that ridded the Cubs of Todd Hundley), and immediately made an impact both in the clubhouse and on the field. He ceded time to Hee-Seop Choi (and the two ultimately platooned), but he had something of a resurgent year at age 35. That it happened during that magical 2003 run only cemented his spot among the pantheon of Cubs legends – the ones who actually didn’t play that long, or that well relatively speaking, for the Cubs.

Could he parlay those good memories – and a brief broadcasting career – into one of the most plum gigs in all of local sports? From Gordon Wittenmyer:

Wasting no time in putting together a high-caliber pool of candidates to replace Bob Brenly in the TV booth, the Cubs this week have created a buzz among broadcasters here after contacting analysts working the Series for national outlets — including former Cub players Eric Karros of Fox and Rick Sutcliffe of ESPN and MLB International.

Karros, who was called by business operations president Crane Kenney just before the Series opened this week, looks like an early front-runner considering his strong qualifications and that — unlike many potential candidates — he has the freedom to pursue the job ….

The Cubs’ recent interest in Karros started with an unsuccessful bid to get him to consider the radio job eventually filled by Keith Moreland before the 2011 season. This time, the attraction is mutual.

“I absolutely have interest,’’ said Karros, who’s part of the World Series coverage team for Fox. “Two years ago radio didn’t make a lot of sense, but this opportunity is very intriguing.’’

When I’ve heard Karros on-air, I’ve enjoyed him. And, I’ll confess, I thought he was excellent in ‘Catching Hell.’ I could see the fit there, and it will be interesting to hear if he comes in for some kind of formal interview after the World Series ends.

  • Curt

    I think he’d be ok ,dosent really excite me kind of like Keith Moreland he’s ok but kind of boring. I’d rather have sutcliffe hope he’s interested.

    • Cyranojoe

      Sutcliffe isn’t boring too? Maybe I haven’t heard him enough, but like most national casters I’ve found him dull and uninformed the ~3 games I’ve heard him.

  • Spriggs

    Of all the names I’ve heard, I would be fine with Karros. As long as it isn’t Plesac or Moreland.

    • Lou

      Why not Plesac? He’s a solid analyst on MLBNetwork and certainly better than anything Moreland’s given us on radio. Sheesh!

  • TWC

    Serious question: What the hell is wrong with Karros’s hair in that pic?

    • Brett

      ’twas my first question, too.

    • Cubbie Blues

      Looks like Dracula

    • Richard Nose

      hhahahahahaha, whoa that was like a wizard wrap from the 80’s on Karros. Leslie Nielsen brightens my day on a regular basis.

    • gratefulled


  • DocPeterWimsey

    Wow, it does look like a cross between a Shatner Turbo 5000 and a Klingon headpiece. Maybe he got it on the cheap from Hair for Geeks?

  • kmr1453

    Not my 1st choice, but compared to some of the names out there, EK is one of the better options.

    I would like for Len to be involved in the process. Narrow it down to 3-4 people and then have Len come in and simulate a broadcast with each.

    • Amie

      It’s already been mentioned by the Cubs that Len would have some involvement in the hire, which is a good idea.

      Karro’s has really been my first choice of those mentioned so far.

  • Mr. Cubster

    I posted about this earlier, and now my biggest fear is realized. Crane Kenney is involved with this!

    • rhino70

      He’s going to have the broadcast booth blessed before the new guy starts.

      Seriously, if the Rickets family is fine with Crane running the business side of the operation, that’s their prerogative. As long as he *NEVER* gets involved with the product ON the field again.

  • Cizzle

    As much as I like Karros, every time I see him, I’m reminded that he was one of 5 consecutive Dodger Rookies of the year in the early 90’s…and that pisses me off.

  • Me

    I think Kruk, Sutcliffe, and Stoney would be better but I like Karros

    • Internet Random

      +1 Stone

    • Spoda17

      I agree, not too excited about Karros… nice guy, but… not that exciting.

  • Dan

    Eric Karros! Are you kidding!! He has a lisp. I cringe when that dude opens his mouth. Yikes!

  • Internet Random

    Any contract offer to Karros must stipulate that a reasonable, nonvisually impaired person gets to make all decisions concerning his hair.

  • Chase S.

    Herald Reynolds!

    But I like Karros, too.

  • Internet Random


  • Clark Addison

    My vote still goes to Glanville.

    But then nobody asked me.

    • Internet Random

      I’d gladly take Glanville. Stone would be my first choice, but I’d be happy with Glanville.

    • North Side Irish

      Glanville is my first choice too…would form a really intelligent booth with Len and could really help educate Cubs fans. And based on some of the comments I see on the internet, there are plenty of fans who need the help.

      I liked Stone when he was here the first time because I felt like he did a good job of correcting and guiding Harry without making it obvious. Now he seems a little more arrogant and sometimes bitter.

      I think Karros would be fine, but he’d be somewhat of a letdown compared to Sutcliffe, Glanville, Plesac, Stone, etc.

      • Cyranojoe

        I just don’t see Stone and Len having much chemistry. We should consider how the combo would work.

      • desertrat

        Anybody would be arrogant and bitter if they had to work alongside Hawk Harrelson.

  • IndyCubsFan

    Karros is a classy guy! I’d be cool with that!

  • Brian

    I don’t know much about the connections between the Cubs and WGN, CSN, so, are the Cubs who employees Len, Pat, Keith and that is why they are the hiring party? I always thought they were employed by the stations.

    • Brett

      Employed by the station with input from the Cubs.

      • Brian

        Thank you!

  • Tjtrigo

    Karros is always great on the Petros and Money Show when he is on. Money is a Cubs fan, by the way.

  • mysterious4th

    I would be ok with Karros. I like Kruk but I am one of few that would like to see Nomar in the booth.

  • Joker

    Karros is a great choice. Reserved, insighful former Cub without being a sappy homer broadcaster. Go ahead and bring him and Glanville both in – let them rotate. (This works well for the Reds who have like, 6 broadcast guys)

  • Matty

    Kasper said on the Score yesterday that he is being consulted, and that he liked the names he was hearing. Did not imply he had any veto power or anything, but he was being asked. He did not spill any of the names.

  • someday…2015?

    Karros is a good choice for the job. He would definitely contrast well with Len.

  • cubs1967

    if kenny crane is involved; it won’t matter; sure to be screwed up just like everything he does……so Karros would be good……….so that means it won’t be him.

    maybe KC can sprinkle some of harry’s ashes in the booth for inspiration or even better chug a Bud in honor of harry before he decides. (actually kenny strikes me as more of the wine taster but what the heck)

    god bless Gracie………..hope he gets his life straigthened out………love him as a Cub and enjoyed his D’backs broadcasts.

  • Matt

    I’m pulling for Stacy King.


    • Tom B

      LOL! That would be hilarious!

      That said, I think Karros would be a good choice. Hopefully he’ll take a page from Brenly and keep the players accountable for their blunders.

      I vote “No” to Steve Stone. Where do we vote again? 😉

  • Stevie B

    1) Plesac
    2) Sutcliff
    3) Karros

    Any of these, sign me up.

  • justinjabs

    Karros? Sure. It’d be like I’m playing MLB The Show every Cubs game I watch.

  • calicubsfan007

    Heh, Karros’ hair there kinda looks like Phil Spector’s. I think that Spector’s still wins. (= [img][/img]

  • daveyrosello

    That Spector hair can’t possibly be real, can it? Isn’t that a photoshop?

    • calicubsfan007

      @davey:Sadly davey, I think that hair is all too real, not done by photoshop. At most, I think the hair is a wig. I actually have heard that it is a wig, I don’t know how true that claim is though.

  • Shawn

    I just want to say for the record should Karros be hired, I called this. Brett can confirm – I asked him about Karros on Twitter the day Brenly announce dhe was not coming back.

    • TWC

      Seriously? Every article that came out speculating on Brenly’s successor had Karros’s name attached to it, but you “called” this? Well, if that brightens your day, kid…

  • Kyle

    I only want Plesac, Sutcliffe, or Hollandsworth. If it’s not one of those three guys, I’ll be severely dissapointed. Karros sounds like well radio wasn’t good enough for him but sure TV’s ok. Seems like a selfish attitude and I don’t want him near the Cubs. He’d be a nice replacement for Moreland but to sully the TV with his face and boring wit, no thanks.

  • Gary Dietz

    I always enjoy Dave Otto when I hear him. Nobody mentioned him yet.

  • TKO

    I don’t know why Karros doesn’t think radio makes sense for him. If that picture doesn’t show a face built for radio, I don’t know what does.

    Honestly, I be fine with him. Not pumped, but fine.