Goodbye, Johnny Cakes?All the talk on the Chicago sports radio scene is that Bob Brenly (referred to as Johnny Cakes on Boers and Bernstein) is about to bolt the Chicago Cubs broadcast booth to travel north and take the reigns of the Milwaukee Brewers. Nothing is set in stone, but the mustachioed former Major League catcher and World Series champion manager apparently interviewed with the Brewers today.
The Brewers fired manager Ned Yost with two weeks remaining in the regular season. Yost was replaced by Dale Sveum. Sveum led the Brewers to the National League Wild Card title, only to fall to the eventual National League champion Philadelphia Phillies during the NLDS.
Brenly is a good on-field manager. He managed the Arizona Diamondbacks to the 2001 World Series title over the New York Yankees. My only issue with Brenly is that he tends to quote the "unwritten rule book" of baseball. Hey Brewers fans, sounds a touch like Ned Yost. But will Brenly have Prince Fielder and CC Sabathia?
Oddly enough, Cubs fans are already scouting a replacement for Brenly in the booth. Oddly enough, the leading candidate seems to be former Cubs and Diamondbacks first baseman Mark Grace. After Grace left the Cubs following the 2000 season, he joined Brenly's Diamondbacks and picked up a World Series ring. Since Grace left Chicago, his relationship with Cubs management has been frosty. Over the last few seasons, the relationship has thawed. He even sang the during the seventh-inning stretch at Wrigley Field during a doubleheader.
Not that being a former Cubs player makes Grace a better choice, but I think he would be a nice fit with Cubs fans. He's always been well-liked by fans, especially female fans, and he knows the game.
Still, I love my story about getting his autograph during his rookie season in 1988.