Brenly remains in booth
The Daily Herald is reporting that Bob Brenly has signed a contract extension with the Cubs that will keep him in Chicago until 2012.
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Brenly has been a pleasant surprise in the booth. He was the direct replacement to Steve Stone, but with memories of Joe Carter still crapping about in our heads, it would've been hard for him to be a bad pick on the part of the Tribune.
I think many people are surprised because Brenly probably wants to manage again someday, but there are two things to remember:
1. Lou's probably gone after another year, and while bench coach and ex Tigers skipper Alan Trammell is probably the first in line to get the gig, Brenly knows that Hendry would probably consider him, too.
2. If another team comes calling, much as San Diego almost did two years ago, then Brenly probably reserves the right in his contract to leave for other pastures.
I know that some of us want what's on the other side of the fence - a return by Stone would have been nice, as he's a legend, and Mark Grace will always be the one that got away. But while Stoney is without a doubt the best in the business, I've heard nothing to believe that Gracie is better than Brenly. The Cubs have a great duo in the booth these days, let's be happy about it and let's hope that Chip Caray, Joe Carter and their ilk remain a thing of the distant, painful, can't-forget-soon-enough past.