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SBD/December 4, 2012/Media
Jim Deshaies Leaves Astros For Cubs' TV Booth, Replacing Popular Bob Brenly
Published December 4, 2012
LOST TREASURE: Deshaies said that the Astros “made a multi-year offer for him to remain in Houston.” In Houston, David Barron wrote it is Deshaies’ “combination of dry wit and baseball acumen that Astros fans will miss.” Deshaies’ departure “comes at a time of unprecedented upheaval for Astros broadcasting.” The club’s games will “move next year to Comcast SportsNet Houston after being on Fox Sports Houston and its predecessor networks” since ‘83. Both of the team's radio analyst positions "are vacant with Milo Hamilton’s retirement from full-time announcing and the decision not to retain announcers Brett Dolan and Dave Raymond.” However, Deshaies said that his decision had “nothing to do with the widespread changes that have taken place" under Owner Astros Jim Crane. Deshaies said that “the fact that one of his children attends law school at the University of Illinois contributed to his decision” (CHRON.com, 12/3).
RESERVE YOUR JUDGMENT: ESPN CHICAGO’s Jesse Rogers wrote Cubs fans should “give Deshaies time in the booth, before deciding if it’s a good hire or not.” Already some fans are “reacting negatively because he isn't a former Cubs player.” Rogers: “All things being equal -- and they weren't -- it would be understandable for a former Cub to be a frontrunner for the job." But no one "on the short list had the broadcast resume Deshaies has." Maybe a "charismatic Karros or DeRosa would have been fine but Deshaies is the better bet.” The Deshaies hiring “lacks the buzz the Cubs so desperately need these days, but the hiring of a broadcaster shouldn't be the place a team finds its energy” (ESPNCHICAGO.com, 12/3).