Marquee Sports activities Community basic supervisor Mike McCarthy stated Friday that no choices have been made concerning a alternative for Len Kasper, who’s leaving the Cubs’ TV sales space for the White Sox’ radio sales space on their new flagship station, ESPN 1000.
Kasper spoke with McCarthy and Cubs president of enterprise operations Crane Kenney on Monday to allow them to know of the chance with the Sox. Although Kasper was underneath contract, they knew of his longtime curiosity in calling baseball on the radio and let him out. Nonetheless, each agreed that leaving TV for radio and the Cubs for the Sox is a singular resolution.
“This wouldn’t make any sense to anyone until you had been accustomed to Len, and Len’s dream was to pursue this purist view of baseball on the radio,” McCarthy stated. “ He’s going to do this, and he doesn’t even have to maneuver to do it. So it’s fairly particular for him.
“We tried like heck to maintain him. Crane and I put our heads collectively, we put a suggestion in entrance of him that he was fairly moved by. Now now we have the problem to fill one of the prestigious positions in sports activities broadcasting, which is the play-by-play job for the Cubs.”
When information of Kasper’s departure broke late Thursday, there was a report that stated Fox Sports activities’ Chris Myers was on faucet to take over. Myers is already on Marquee’s expertise roster, and he would have referred to as some Cubs video games final season had the total season been performed. However McCarthy stated the method to switch Kasper has simply begun.
“We’ve got collected names, however I can let you know that we’re in all probability taking extra inbound than outbound,” McCarthy stated. “It is a plum job. It shouldn’t shock you the quantity of curiosity that persons are expressing. Some provocative, attention-grabbing names. However had been going to undergo a course of right here.”
McCarthy and Kenney had been effusive of their reward for Kasper, who instructed them he wouldn’t go away if it left them in a lurch. However they stated the very last thing they wished to do was stand in the way in which of Kasper following his dream.
“To credit score Len and his character, he stated, I gained’t do that for those who suppose it’s too laborious for you guys,” Kenney stated. “I stated, Len, we’re gonna get via it. We’ve gone via loads of adjustments. They’re laborious for individuals to see new faces are available.
“Mike may have a tough job on his arms to type this via shortly. I believe [the announcer] must be somebody who suits with the Cubs’ tradition as a result of the Cubs’ tradition could be very particular and one thing we cherish.”