Deshaies leaving Houston to work for Cubs

Deshaies leaving Houston to work for Cubs
December 3, 2012, 10:30 pm
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CSNHouston Staff

Former pitcher and Astros TV analyst Jim Deshaies is leaving Houston to call Cubs games in Chicago.

After several reports about Deshaies' departure surfaced, the Astros released a statement confirming his leaving.

"Jim has decided to accept a position with another team’s broadcast team," Astros president and CEO George Postolos said in the statement. "We value Jim highly and did everything in our power to retain him. While we are sorry to see him go, we respect his decision. We appreciate his many years as an Astros player and broadcaster and wish him well.
"Both the Astros and Comcast SportsNet Houston have already been approached by several top names in the business regarding the vacancy and look forward to finding a great analyst for next season’s Astros broadcasts."

While the the Astros and Deshaies have both confirmed the move, the Cubs haven't but are expected to hold a news conference this week to make the deal official.

Deshaies pitched in the majors for 11 seasons and was with the Astros from 1985-1991.

"It was a very tough choice," Deshaies said to the Chicago Tribune. "The Astros have been very good to me and I've spent the lion's share of my life here. As an Astros guy, I was very hesitant to leave. As a baseball guy, going to the Cubs and watching games at Wrigley Field, I look at that job as the best in the game."

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