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Bob Brenly

Catcher
Born: February 25, 1954 (1954-02-25) (age 56)
Coshocton, Ohio
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
August 14, 1981 for the San Francisco Giants
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1989 for the San Francisco Giants
Career statistics
Batting average     .247
Home Runs     91
RBI     333
Teams

As Player

As Manager

Career highlights and awards
  • All-Star (NL): 1984
  • Manager of 2001 World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks

Robert Earl "Boo-Boo" Brenly (born February 25, 1954 in Coshocton, Ohio) is a former catcher and manager in Major League Baseball and a current broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs alongside Len Kasper. Brenly is the color commentator for Cubs baseball on WGN and Comcast SportsNet.

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Early life

Bob "Boo-Boo" Brenly attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and was a member of the Bobcat baseball team. By the time Brenly graduated in 1976, he had earned All-America honors and matched Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt's school-record 10 home runs in a single season.

Bob Brenly's only curtain call in baseball occurred during a minor league game (teams and date unknown). Brenly's team was on the road, and the home team's fans designated him as the game's "Beer Batter," where if the player struck out, beer in the stadium would be sold at half price for the rest of the inning. Brenly struck out three times that game, and the fans stood on their feet and cheered for him after the third time as he came back out from the dugout and acknowledged the crowd.

MLB career

Brenly had a major league career spent almost entirely with the San Francisco Giants from 1981 to 1989. He won the 1984 Willie Mac Award for his spirit and leadership, and was named to the National League All-Star Team. On August 20, 1986, pitcher Don Carman took a perfect game into the ninth inning against the Giants at Candlestick Park. Brenly led off the ninth with a double to break-up the perfect game. [1]

Brenly served as a coach under manager Dusty Baker with the Giants. He replaced Buck Showalter as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks after the 2000 season, and led the Diamondbacks to the 2001 World Series title in his first season as a manager. Although the team repeated as Western Division champions in 2002, a slide which left the team in last place in mid-2004 led to Brenly's dismissal.

Broadcasting career

He later returned to being a baseball analyst for Fox (where Brenly had worked from 1996-2000). He was then hired in November 2004 to replace Steve Stone as a color analyst for televised Chicago Cubs games, and in 2008 completed his fourth tour of duty as a Cubs broadcaster. Brenly teams with play-by-play announcer Len Kasper. He had previously teamed with Harry Caray, Thom Brennaman, and Ron Santo during the 1990 and 1991 seasons on radio. He often jokes about his mediocre playing career. Brenly is often referred to by his nickname, "BB" and was rumored to be in the running for several managerial positions for the 2008 season, though nothing materialized. Brenly was in the running for the 2009 Milwaukee Brewers managerial position and was said to be the favorite, but the job went to Ken Macha instead.[2][3]

In 2007, Brenly served as a game analyst during postseason broadcasts on the TBS cable television network. He covered the Yankees–Indians series in the ALDS and the Rockies–Diamondbacks series in the NLCS. On September 13, 2008, Brenly signed a four-year extension worth 3.5 million dollars to continue his role as color analyst for Cubs games.[4]

Personal life

Bob Brenly is married to Joan Brenly. Their son Michael Brenly was drafted by the Cubs in 2004 (out of high school) and 2008 (out of UNLV) as a catcher, and is currently on the Peoria Chiefs, a Single A affiliate of the Cubs.[5]

Managerial records

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
ARI 2001 92 70 .586 1st in NL West 11 6 .647 Won World Series over NYY
ARI 2002 98 64 .605 1st in NL West 0 3 .000 Lost NLDS to STL
ARI 2003 84 78 .519 3rd in NL West - - - -
ARI 2004 22 59 .367 5th in NL West - - - (fired)
Total 303 262 .536

Quotes

  • "Give it to a kid!" (His advice for fans who catch a foul ball.)
  • "Yes dear. You're right. I'm sorry." (His advice for men that are wed or soon to be wed.)
  • "Every summer is the summer of love."
  • "You know, I've had a couple of called shots here in my career. Of course, they have all been across the street at Bernie's [a Wrigleyville bar]."
  • "There's a riot at the bat rack."

"You could probably throw a dart into the dugout and hit a better fielder than Alfonso Soriano"

References

  1. ^ Robbins, Michael (2004). Ninety Feet from Fame: Close Calls with Baseball Immortality. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers. p. 244. 
  2. ^ "Brenly to be interviewed by Brewers". MLB.com. 2008-10-22. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081022&content_id=3636897&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  3. ^ "Brenly staying with Cubs". Chicago Tribune. 2008-10-30. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/chi-31-cubs-chicagooct31,0,3590733.story. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  4. ^ Rozner, Barry (2008-09-14). "Brenly gets deal to stay with Cubs". Daily Herald. http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=234855. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  5. ^ "Cubs draft Brenly's kid in 36th round". Chicago Sun-Times. 2008-06-07. 

"You could probably throw a dart into the dugout and hit a better fielder than Alfonso Soriano"

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Preceded by
Buck Showalter
Arizona Diamondbacks managers
2001–2004
Succeeded by
Al Pedrique
Preceded by
Steve Stone
Chicago Cubs Television Color Commentator
2005–present
Succeeded by
current

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