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Brenly will be back Saturday--for FoxTV

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Bob Brenly will get to sit in his familiar Wrigley Field broadcast booth Saturday as part of the Fox-TV crew covering the 6:30 p.m. game against the Diamondbacks.
But Brenly, who spent a total of 10 years doing radio and television in two different tours with the Cubs, still looks familiar around Wrigley Field despite working now for the Diamondbacks and Fox.
``I'm very lucky,'' the former catcher, coach and manager said of his broadcast career. ``I've always said you never burn bridges.''
Brenly left after last season when Ch. 9 and Comcast SportsNet weren't willing to commit to more than a two-year contract. He quickly joined the Diamondbacks--again--where he had been first a broadcaster and then manager for three seasons, including the 2001 season when Arizona won the World Series.
Brenly, who lives in the Phoenix area, signed a five-year deal with the Diamondbacks.
Brenly praises his replacement, longtime Houston broadcaster and former pitcher Jim Deshaies, who now teams with Len Kasper.
``He's great, and that's why we always had him in the booth when Houston would come to town,'' Brenly said. ``The only problem is--he's a pitcher. And I don't think he plays a musical instrument.''
Brenly and Kasper often teamed as a musical duo for fundraising events.
Though mentioned as a managerial candidate for jobs in the past, Brenly said broadcasting probably would remain his baseball profession now.
``You never know what might happen, but I think that [possibility] has passed,'' he said.
Brenly's son Michael, a catcher whom the Cubs drafted in 2008, was released by the Cubs after spring training in March but he is currently playing for the Diamondbacks' Class AAA team in Reno.

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