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Although the Cubs and WGN have yet to speak on the issue, CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler just reported that Houston Astros’ color man Jim Deshaies, who interviewed with WGN last month for their open color position on Cubs’ broadcasts, will be the Cubs’ next color man, replacing Bob Brenly.

WGN was thought to be a bit hamstrung by its soon (2014) expiring contract with the Cubs, but Deshaies would undoubtedly be a good get, and a good fit with play-by-play man Len Kasper.

We spoke briefly about Deshaies before when he interviewed:

When Bob Brenly departed, because of the high profile nature of the Cubs’ gig, I expected more names like Deshaies to pop up – non-Cubs-connected broadcasters who just happen to be really good at their job. By all accounts, Deshaies is that. A particularly notable bit from the above-linked Patrick Mooney article, is a selection from Houston Press’s 2008 Best Commentator distinction: “Jim Deshaies had some tough shoes to fill when he took over the Astros analyst spot from Larry Dierker. But let’s just say, as J.D. settles into his second decade as the Astros TV analyst, that he has not only surpassed Dierker, he has perhaps surpassed every other analyst in baseball. The former starting pitcher knows the ins and outs of the game, from pitching to hitting to fielding to strategy. Best of all, he’s not a homer, and if the good guys goof up, he’ll let you know how and why. And then there’s his quick wit and his ability to throw out a Seinfeld reference or obscure pop culture trivia at a moment’s notice. Nothing gets past Deshaies, and, if you pay attention, you’ll learn more from him than just about any baseball geek in the country.” Knows the game, shares stories, calls players out for obvious screw-ups, pop-culture references. Sound familiar?

We’ll see if and when the Cubs/WGN confirm, but I’m tentatively pleased. We’ll spend a whole lot of time with the Cubs’ broadcasting duo next year, so I’m hopefully it will be an enjoyable experience (even if the games are not). Deshaies is loved by Astros fans, and also by impartial observers.

UDPATE: MLB.com’s Alyson Footer says that Knobler’s report is accurate, and that Deshaies has accepted the gig.

UPDATE 2: Just to button it up, Carrie Muskat says it’s happening. Sweet.

  • Barry

    Awesome!

    • Boogens

      Agreed 100%!!!

  • Seth

    I really really like this hire, considering how upset the Astro fan base and media are about Deshaies “potentially” leaving.

  • Ben (BG2383)

    Awesome! I enjoy his work

  • Spriggs

    Maybe he will apologize for all the sarcastic comments he’s made about the Cubs over the last decade.

  • Believe in 2015

    Great job by the Cubs organization and WGN to get this guy. Should be an exciting next few years!

  • cubchymyst

    I don’t get to watch a lot of games on TV, but who does the CSN games?

  • TWC

    My only feelings on this guy are circa 1989: “Damn it! Another worthless Jim Deshaies baseball card!”

    • bluekoolaidaholic

      That really makes me laugh, my son said the same thing.

  • MoistassAlou

    Never heard him call a game, but looking forward to it with all the high praise!!!

  • http://Yahoo shelby menge

    Do you think this is a good hire?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Yes, as mentioned in the post.

    • cjdubbya

      For the 2013 Chicago Cubs?

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        :)

  • Brian

    What is the dynamic between the Cubs and Comcast Sportsnet? The article mentions that the Cubs/WGN decide, but seeing as WGN and the Cubs are no longer under the Tribune umbrella together, does Comcast have no say in the hire? They do air more and more games every year.

  • rbreeze

    Great hire! Can’t wait for the first ST broadcast!

  • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

    I personally don’t know Deshaies but from others reactions it seems like the Cubs made a good hire. He wasn’t my top choice but I expect good things from Deshaies and wish him the best of luck as the new Cubs broadcaster.

  • BD

    Due to certain events of the past year or so, should we wait until it is confirmed, just in case it falls through??

  • Spriggs

    Another tough name to spell.

  • Elliott

    It is apparently a four-year deal according to Carrie Muskat

  • JoeyCollins

    Was already getting used to the idea of DeRosa because i had assumed Deshaies was not a real option. Glad it worked out and excited to see how he does.

  • Kyle

    That is a very, very good get. I like that we got the best available and not just some former Cub. He’s not a former Cub, right?

    • BD

      No, he is not. (But I would be lying if I didn’t tell you I had to look it up.)

  • Whiteflag

    Pleasant Surprise. I didn’t think Deshaies was really interested, given WGNs expiring contract.

  • Dustin S

    This is good to hear. Should make watching 2013 a little more interesting.

  • MightyBear

    This is good news but I hope this isn’t the big Cubs news for the winter meetings.

  • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

    “Best of all, he’s not a homer, and if the good guys goof up, he’ll let you know how and why. And then there’s his quick wit and his ability to throw out a Seinfeld reference or obscure pop culture trivia at a moment’s notice. Nothing gets past Deshaies, and, if you pay attention, you’ll learn more from him than just about any baseball geek in the country.”

    Ok im sold, great hire!

    • Spriggs

      I guess I’ll have to learn to like him. He and Bill Brown made me turn off all Houston telecasts right away. I found them almost annoying as the Reds and Brewers announcers.

      • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

        As long as he’s not a Bill Melton type I should be able to listen without muting :)

  • MichiganGoat

    Can he play 3B?

  • David

    Brett – A fun Deshaies soundboard from Fangraphs that you might want to post up a link to…

    http://www.fangraphs.com/not/index.php/a-jim-deshaies-soundboard/

  • notcubbiewubbie

    welcome jim feel sorry for you though you still have to work with len kasper sheesh!!!!!!!!!!!

    • David

      Len Kasper is one of the best in the business and is a lot like Jim.

      Kasper was likely a big reason this hire happened.

      • bluekoolaidaholic

        David, AGREE 100%

  • DarthHater

    Good. The Cubs need some left-handed pitching.

  • Curt

    I’ve watched Astros games last yr and deshaies is good , nice hire, now find someone remotely interesting to replace Keith Moreland on radio and we’d be set, just my opinion.

    • CastrotoBarneytoRizzo

      Mine too !!!

    • Boogens

      Agreed. As a radio color analyst, Moreland’s a good ballplayer. :-)

  • Barry

    Wow. Pagan gets 4/40 with SF. Pay attention Theo, the CF market is dwindling…

    • cub2014

      theo is in no hurry to blow money on micheal bourne. might look at short term fix out there. maybe reed johnson his numbers are much better than bourne’s and he is still sitting out there.

      • cub2014

        i thought i should check before i spout off. reed johnson numbers slightly better
        than bourn last 3 years. When you add in defense and SB, slight edge to bourn but different type of contract than what the cubs want.

        • cubfanincardinalland

          Dude, Johnson is a 4th outfielder, pinch hitter, he had a 0.6 WAR last season. Bourne was the top center fielder in the NL last season with a 6.4 WAR. One is a 15-20 million dollar a year player, the other will be happy to get a million bucks next year.

        • DarthHater

          Bourn’s WAR for 2010-12: 5.3, 3.0, 6.0

          Johnson’s WAR for 2010-12: -0.5, 1.1, 0.3

          That’s more than a slight edge for Bourn.

        • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

          You need to take into account PA(plate appearances) and ABs. Bourn has about 400 to 500 more PA then Reed Johnson just about every year Bourn has been a starter. I understand what your saying about getting more cost friendly contracts but if the Cubs could get Bourn for 5 years at 60-70M that may be considered cost friendly considering what Boras is said to want or wanted for Bourn.

        • TWC

          You should probably check again before you “spout off”. Look carefully at the plate appearances line.

  • Segal27

    Not going to lie…I kind of wanted DeRosa but by the way everyone is responding this sounds like a fantastic hire.

  • Jackalope

    With the money for TV deals going through the roof, you have to wonder if teams are going to be more selective in hiring broadcasters and hire based on more on talent rather than “aw shucks he played for our team 15 years ago.” You also have to wonder if broadcaster salaries will start to soar given that they will play such a crucial role in what seems to becoming team’s most significant source of revenue. (I have no idea what broadcasters make these days.)

  • Chris S

    Wikipedia has also reported that he’s taken the job. So, this must be true..

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