Jim Deshaies
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Jim Deshaies joined the Cubs in 2013 as color announcer for telecasts on WGN-TV and Comcast SportsNet after a 12-year MLB career and 16 seasons announcing with the Houston Astros.


Recent Articles
  • The Envelope Please

    So here we are, 1/3 of the way through the 2014 season. Let’s look at some numbers (well, actually one number) and come up with an NL Central All-Star Team. The number we are going to use is WAR or Wins Above Replacement. An all encompassing stat that involves a lot of math that some really smart people came up with. WAR takes into account defense and base-running as well as hitting. Plenty of room for debate but I’m going to […]

  • On The Receiving End

    In the wake of yesterday’s ninth inning melt down, let’s talk some football. With the D’Backs in town, I thought it might be fun to take a look at Jeff Samardzija versus Kirk Gibson on the grid iron. Both were outstanding receivers. here are the numbers: Gibson @ Michigan State  1975-78 112 Receptions 2347 Receiving yards 24 TD’s 16 carries for 144 yds. Total Yards 2491 Samardzija @  Notre Dame  2003-2006 179 receptions 2593 yds 27 TD’s 13 Carries for 19 yds Total […]

  • All Too Familiar

    Yogi Berra famously said, or at least is supposed to have said “It’s deja vu all over again.”  You can’t blame Cub followers if that was their sentiment 5 games into the ’14 season. Looks a lot like ’13 doesn’t it. The Cubs have scored a measly 8 runs in 5 games  are hitting just .216 and a major league worst .100 with runners in scoring position. 4 hits in 40 tries in those situations. The good news, as it was early […]

  • Leaving Las Vegas

    Welcome to Las Vegas. I haven’t been here since 1992 when I was a Las Vegas Star for a few weeks – they were the Padres AAA team in those days. My manager was a young fellow named Jim Riggleman. My wife reminded me today that her biggest memory of that time was that our very young daughter lost her favorite doll while at a game and the team made a plea over the PA system for its return. Sure […]

  • Thank You

    Well today is the final home game of my first year here in Chicago and I just want to give a big virtual high five to Cub fans and all the good people here at Wrigley who have made me feel so welcome. Win or lose, when the sun is shining and the Ivy is in, there is no better sporting venue in the land. I’m looking forward to an off-season of exploration here in the Windy City to take […]

  • Service With A Smile

    I had the honor of speaking to the Wrigley Field Guest Services group before today’s game. What a great group of energetic and friendly people who work their tail off each day to make sure your game experience is as positive as it can be. Congratulations to this year’s award winners: Guest Services Ambassador of the Year – Ray McDow Parking and Transportation Ambassador of the Year – Kelli Raybon Security Services Ambassador of the Year – Corey Robinson Rookie […]

  • Who’s On Third?

    According to ESPN’s Keith Law, plenty of talented Cubs: “The Cubs were already deep at third base before trading for Texas prospect Mike Olt but are now deeper at the hot corner than any team in baseball. The group is led by Kris Bryant, the second overall pick in this year’s Rule 4 draft, now hitting well in high-A Daytona after tearing apart Boise (where he was old for the level). Jeimer Candelario is a work in progress on defense, but has […]

  • Not-So-Great Thoughts From JD

    Some random musings, with or without a question mark.   Is Dioner Navarro the first player in history to be carted off the field and not go on the disabled list?  # Mandelbaum.   Nice to see Rizzo deliver that 2 run single last night. He has struggled mightily with RISP, hitting .188 in those situations. Dale feels that his swing gets to big and would improve dramatically with a shorter stroke. Last nights base hit may provide the positive […]

  • Not-So-Great Thoughts From JD

    Some random musings, with or without a question mark.   Is Dioner Navarro the first player in history to be carted off the field and not go on the disabled list?  # Mandelbaum.   Nice to see Rizzo deliver that 2 run single last night. He has struggled mightily with RISP, hitting .188 in those situations. Dale feels that his swing gets to big and would improve dramatically with a shorter stroke. Last nights base hit may provide the positive […]

  • Break-down

    Those of us in the game look forward to the All- Star break each year as an opportunity to get away from the daily grind of the 162-game schedule (a whole lot more for most when you throw in spring training). But what we consider a vacation, the real world would call a long weekend, especially when you consider at least a day is lost if you travel over the break. However brief it may be, it can provide a […]

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