Kasper joins Brenly in booth

Updated: November 20, 2004, 5:38 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Len Kasper is the new voice of the Chicago Cubs, replacing Chip Caray in the team's all-new TV booth.

Kasper leaves the Florida Marlins to become WGN TV's play-by-play announcer for the Cubs, joining the new analyst, former Arizona Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly.

Brenly, an ex-major league catcher, was hired earlier this month to replace Steve Stone after the former pitcher and 20-year broadcaster resigned following a season of turmoil. Stone came under fire for on-air comments critical of the team's performance and managing.

Caray left after seven years with the Cubs to join father Skip with the Atlanta Braves.

"We're excited to bring in an experienced, young play-by-play voice," WGN TV vice president and general manager Tom Ehlmann said in a statement Friday. "We know that Len and Bob will be an outstanding broadcast team."

Both WGN and the Cubs are owned by Tribune Co.

The team said Kasper signed a multiyear deal. No salary information was released.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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