Bob Brenly out of running for Cubs' job. But why?

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D.J. brought us the initial story on Saturday.  Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly has pulled himself out of the running for the Cubs’ vacancy at manager.  But why?

Brenly won a World Series with the Diamondbacks in 2001 and has a
303-262 career managerial record.  He seems to enjoy the stress-free
side of baseball, but it’s not like broadcasting is a completely relaxed gig and it seems like a perfect time for a guy with his level of past success to step into one of baseball’s premier coaching gigs.

Maybe, as the Northwest Indiana Times points out, it’s because Brenly has made comments in the broadcast
booth about players like Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez — comments that would make things difficult in a transition to the clubhouse.  Brenly did call the Cubs a “dead-ass” team on June 25
after Carlos Zambrano’s dugout tirade.

The Cubs weren’t kidding when they said that their search for a new manager would be a long and wide-reaching process.  Several candidates have already been interviewed and others will join the party as the regular season winds down.  For now, though, Brenly is out.

Long time NL umpire Dutch Rennert has died

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MLB.com reports that long time umpire Dutch Rennert has died at the age of 88.

Rennert retired as a National League umpire after the 1992 season, so a lot of you didn’t get a chance to see him. But believe me, if you got a chance to see him in action, you’d remember him. He had one of the most distinct strikeout calls in history. He’d go turn to the side, go down on one knee, point with purpose and bellow “STRIKE . . . ONNNNNNEEEEE!”

It was quite the scene, man:

 

I used to love it when Rennert called a game I was watching on TV. I always knew the count.

Rest in Peace, Dutch. I cannot vouch for the peace of whoever is on the cloud next to yours, though.