Bob Brenly is leaving the Chicago Cubs television broadcast booth, reportedly so he can fill a similar role for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Brenly served as the color analyst beside Cubs play-by-play man Len Kasper since 2005. He managed the Diamondbacks to a World Series championship in 2001. He played nine seasons in the major leagues, mostly with the San Francisco Giants. His best year was in 1984, his lone All-Star season, when he hit .291 with 20 HR and 80 RBI.
Brenly also played in the Midwest League, hitting .271 with 22 HR and 73 RBI in 136 games with the 1977 Cedar Rapids Giants. He was inducted into the Cedar Rapids Pro Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011.
Although Brenly is best remembered as a catcher, he played third base (and one game in the outfield) for Cedar Rapids. His son Michael is a catcher in the Cubs organization.
Michael Brenly played in 94 games with the 2009 Peoria Chiefs. He hit .265 with 4 HR and 36 RBI.