Bob Brenly won’t return to Cubs broadcasts in 2013

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There’s been speculation for the past few weeks that Bob Brenly might leave the WGN booth for an opening as a broadcaster for the Diamondbacks.

And it appears we’re indeed headed that way.

According to ESPNChicago.com, Brenly informed the Cubs on Wednesday that he will not be back in 2013 and will “seek another baseball broadcasting position.” As in, the one in Phoenix, Arizona.

The 59-year-old Brenly, who had been with WGN since 2004, won a World Series as manager of the Diamondbacks in 2001. He was in the team’s broadcast booth for their debut season in 1998.

“Bob Brenly was a tremendous part of the Chicago Cubs broadcast team for eight years and we will miss his smart analysis, as well as his outgoing personality in the broadcast booth,” Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney wrote in a statement. “We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Brenly’s former partner at WGN, Len Kasper, offered support about an hour ago on Twitter:

Baseball to honor Stoneman Douglas High School as spring training games begin

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There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.

The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.

All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.

After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.

Here’s today’s schedule: