Chicago Cubs TV announcer Len Kasper leaves for White Sox radio job
This is truly an offseason of change for the Chicago Cubs.
The front office experienced the loss of president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, the architect behind the 2016 team that broke a 108-year World Series drought. Earlier this week, the brain trust non-tendered Kyle Schwarber, a beloved player. And as other roster decisions loom, the broadcast team will also have to be reworked.
Len Kasper is leaving his post as the team's television play-by-play announcer on Marquee Sports Network for a gig on the South Side of the city in the White Sox radio booth.
Kasper will be teamed with color analyst Darrin Jackson on ESPN 1000, the new terrestrial home for the team, and the announcement was made on the station early Friday.
“Broadcasting baseball on the radio has always been my dream,” Kasper said Friday. “I am appreciative that the Cubs were willing to let me leave that organization on such great terms.
"I have always been fascinated by the creative freedom radio allows its broadcasters, and baseball is such a great game when presented on the radio. I have been dreaming about doing this since I was 12 years old."
Len Kasper will join the White Sox's radio team. (Photo: Brett Davis, USA TODAY Sports)
In addition to his radio duties, Kasper will do "approximately 20-25 games" on NBC Sports Chicago, depending on the team's schedule.
The Athletic reported Fox football announcer Chris Myers is a leading candidate to replace Kasper on Cubs games.
Longtime White Sox radio play-by-play man Ed Farmer passed away earlier this year. Andy Masur filled in for the late Farmer alongside Jackson during the shortened 60-game 2020 MLB season.
Come 2021, that will be Kasper's chair, not far from his former perch.
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