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Report: Len Kasper Has a Partner in the Booth

Per Danny Knobler of CBS, the Cubs have hired the now former color man from the Astros Jim Deshaies.  MLB.com’s Alyson Footer says that Knoblers report is accurate and Deshaies has the job.  Deshaies interviewed for the Cubs job about a month ago, and now it’s his per the report.  Not a name that many will recognize as everyone, myself included thought immediately about past Cubs players that are now in the business, but the Cubs went Deshaiesin the exact opposite direction, and I think that’s a good thing.

Brett at Bleacher Nation had a good bit of info on Deshaies from when he interviewed for the job.

“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?”

Really sounds like a nice hire, and I’ve personally enjoyed listening to Deshaies via highlights of Astros games here and there.  The Cubs and WGN have yet to confirm, but it sounds like a done deal.  How about that, the first signing by the Cubs coming out of the Winter Meetings is Len Kasper’s broadcast partner.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Countdown to the Deadline: Dempster Madness Recap

For a second there yesterday, well more like thirty minutes or so, we all thought that Ryan Dempster was traded to the Braves, not so fast!  After some backtracking on numerous fronts, a cryptic I don’t know what’s going on tweet from the Dempster foundation, and Dale Sveum blaming the internets, Ryan Dempster threw a bullpen session as a member of the Cubs.  Still not sure what happened yesterday, here’s a brief recap.

At roughly 1:22 PM CST news broke that Dempster was indeed traded to Atlanta.  MLB.com’s Mark Bowman broke the story, Bowman is the beat writer for the Braves on MLB.com, the Carrie Muskat of the Braves if you will.  There was no report of who was coming back to the Cubs from the Braves, so I was cautiously optimistic.  The fact that a MLB.com reporter broke this story made me feel like it was done.

After a number of other outlets took the story and ran with it, ESPN, and MLB Network to name a few, Keith Law offered the second part of the deal.  Around 1:51 PM CST Keith Law confirms that Randall Delgado was included in the deal from the Braves side of things.  Cue mass excitement and shock from Cubs fans, and baseball insiders on twitter.  Joe Sheehan was shocked that the Cubs were able to grab Delgado for Dempster.  Kevin Goldstein suggested that Cubs fans should absolutely be thrilled with this deal.  Not going to lie, after hearing this news I was ready to publish a Randall Delgado post about how awesome it was that the Cubs were able to get a 22-year-old arm from the Braves.

As the excitement was building a truly “Cub moment” slapped me and the rest of Cubdom across the face around 2:38 PM CST.  Ryan Dempster’s foundation posted on their twitter account that there is no trade, they haven’t heard a thing.  Welp.  David Kaplan of CSN Chicago followed with “No trade”, wait, what just happened?  Multiple major outlets were reporting this deal as done, now we are hearing there is nothing in place?  This could only happen in a “trade” involving a Cubs player.

As we stumbled into the three o’ clock hour we got further confirmation that Ryan Dempster is still a Cub.  How do we know this?  Because he’s standing right there in the clubhouse in a Cubs uniform!  What is going on??  Cubs beat reporter Paul Sullivan dashed our hopes and dreams first, then he was followed by noted dream killer Doug Padilla.  Doug really isn’t a dream killer, I’m just calling him that for effect, Sullivan on the other hand, ehh.

With the visions of Randall Delgado wearing Cubbie Blue still fresh in our minds, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that the deal is now up to Dempster.  Wait, there is hope?  You mean a deal really is in place and it’s only up to Dempster, who has made it widely known that the Braves are his number two team and given the fact he wants the best return for the Cubs there is no way this could go wrong!  Unfortunately that was really the last we heard of this deal being down to Dempster, the Atlanta Journal Constitution chimed in later in the evening backing up Nightengale’s statement, but all other outlets that originally reported a done deal are now tight-lipped for obvious reasons.

If you want a more detailed account of everything that happened I suggest you head over to Bleacher Nation where Brett as a stomach turning detailed account of it all, including 28 updates, it’s worth a read for sure.  My take on this is that there is a deal in place, or something close to a deal in place.  I think Dempster just has to say yes and that Major League Baseball has to approve the deal because there is a significant amount of money involved in it.  That’s just a guess, but if it really is down to Dempster saying yes, what happens if he doesn’t?  How would you feel about that considering Dempster has said all along that he want’s what is best for the Cubs, and that he would like to return next year.  Is he getting cold feet, or is he just excorsizing the rights that he has earned in the big leagues?  Let us know what you think, I will have updates as they come out today, I’m sure there will be plenty.

Thanks for reading,
– George

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