We'll get this news up here now and come back with a fully updated blog in a bit. This morning, TV analyst Bob Brenly publicly withdrew his name from consideration for the Cubs' managerial job. He cited personal and professional reasons. Bob said if there are other jobs out there that are a good fit, he'd look into them.
Apparently, he felt the Cubs job is not a good fit for him at this time. Having won a ring (and he's wearing it today) with the D'Backs from 2001 makes it a little easier to pick and choose. Here's the lineup, and then I'll be back after I get my warmer jacket:
UPDATES: OK, I've had a chance to get the warmer jacket and listen to what we used to call "tape," which is now the voice recorder. Here is Bob's initial statement, and then we'll get to what I thought was an interesting quote:
“I had a conversation with Jim yesterday and officially withdrew my name from consideration for this job. It was with all due respect to the organization, to the Ricketts family, to Jim. I just didn’t feel at this particular time that this was a good fit for me.
“I’ve said all along I’d love to get back on the field if I felt the situation was right. For personal and professional reasons, I just think this is not the right time for me.”
I asked Bob if there could be other situations.
“There could be," he said. "We won’t really know much more until the season’s over, but I have been in contact with some other teams.”
Bob was asked about the future situation for the Cubs. Here's his response:
“I’ve been around the game long enough to know that as dire as things can look sometimes...but on the other side, I find that as good as they can look sometimes, that’s no guarantee of what’s going to happen on the field next year. I’m not overly pessimistic about this team for next year, but I’m not overly optimistic, either."
Not "overly optimistic, either."
Bob said he still loves the TV job. For selfish reasons, I'd like him to keep that job. He and Len Kasper are the best duo in baseball. Bob is generous with his time and not afraid to share his opinions.
Marlon Byrd showed up with a nasty-looking bruise and swelling under his right eye, the result of fouling a pitch up and off his face yesterday. The Cubs say there is no structural damage.