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Cubs hire Deshaies as TV analyst

The search for a new Cubs TV analyst ended Monday with the hiring of former Houston Astros broadcaster Jim Deshaies to a four-year contract.

Deshaies will join Len Kasper in the TV booth for Cubs broadcasts on WGN-TV, Comcast SportsNet and WCIU-TV. Deshaies had served as the Astros' analyst since 1997. Other candidates for the job reportedly included Dan Plesac, Todd Hollandsworth and Eric Karros, all of whom played at least one season for the Cubs.

“After spending the last 16 seasons with the Houston Astros, it will be a very tough organization and fan base to leave. However, I can’t imagine anywhere else I’d rather move than with the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field,” Deshaies said in a statement. “My family and I look forward to meeting the great, passionate fans of the Cubs and we’re excited at what lies ahead in Chicago.”

Deshaies, 52, pitched in the big leagues for 12 years and compiled an 84-95 record with a 4.14 ERA. He spent seven seasons in Houston and also had stints in Minnesota, San Francisco, Philadelphia, San Diego and New York.

“Jim expressed an incredible appreciation for Cubs baseball, the history of Wrigley Field, the strength of our fan base, his predecessors in the broadcast booth and opportunity to carry the tradition forward," Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney said. "He is a student of the game who incorporates his firsthand knowledge, stories and humor into the broadcast, and we’re excited to see him in the booth with Len.”

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