Who will replace Brenly in Cubs booth?

October, 17, 2012
Levine By Bruce Levine
Kerry WoodJerry Lai/US PresswireWould Kerry Wood jump into the broadcast booth in his first full season out of baseball?
The departure of Bob Brenly from the Chicago Cubs television broadcast booth leaves a gaping hole.

Let's take a look at some possible replacements for Brenly in the Cubs booth:

1. Keith Moreland: He has done a fine job working on the radio broadcasts since Santo's passing. He has established roots with Cub fans and has shown a penchant for telling it like it is when a Chicago player doesn't get the job done.

2. Todd Hollandsworth: Another former Cub who has improved every season as a postgame commentator on Comcast SportsNet Cubs broadcasts. Hollandsworth filled in for Brenly on numerous occasions when Brenly had days off.

3. Steve Stone: The White Sox color man has lots of street cred with Cubs fans having spent 22 years in the team's booth. This likely won't happen due to the fact that Stone has two years and an option year left on his deal with the Chicago White Sox. Stone has told Sox officials that he is happy working for them and would like to be stay for many years to come.

4. Kerry Wood: This would seem like a no-brainer for both Wood and WGN. The problem here is that Wood told ESPNChicago on Oct. 11 that he did not want to broadcast in the near future. He said his desire was to be with his three children and wife Sara. The choice of the former pitcher would be a huge winner with the Cubs fan base.

5. Rick Sutcliffe: The former Cubs Cy Young winner has done solid work for ESPN the past five years. Sutcliffe spent the entire spring training of 2011 with the Cubs as a coach-advisor and would be yet another opinionated popular choice for Cub Nation.

6. Dave Campbell: The former big league player was a color commentator on ESPN Sunday night radio broadcasts for 15 years. The affable Campbell was also used on Cub broadcasts the past two years when Brenly had time off.

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Chicago baseball beat reporter
Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.



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