Len Kasper leaving Chicago Cubs for White Sox


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Len Kasper will now be working with the White Sox
Len Kasper will now be working with the White Sox

It has been an offseason of transition for the Chicago Cubs in 2020, and it continues that way with some stunning news.

Popular TV play-by-play announcer Len Kasper is leaving the Cubs for the White Sox after 16 seasons, which matched Harry Caray's 16-year career with the Cubs. Kasper was the National Sports Media Association's Illinois Sportscaster of the Year in 2016.

According to multiple sources including The Athletic, he will be announced as the new radio voice of the rival White Sox on Friday morning.

Kasper will fill in for the vacant play-by-play spot in the radio booth alongside Darrin Jackson on ESPN 1000.

“Broadcasting baseball on the radio has always been my dream,” Kasper said in a statement. “I am happy the White Sox were interested in having me handle their play-by-play responsibilities, and 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, listening to Ernie Harwell, and I didn’t want my career to pass without experiencing this great game nightly from the radio booth. I want to thank both the Sox and Cubs for allowing me to live out this baseball dream.”

Chris Myers is reported to be the leading candidate to replace Kasper alongside Jim Deshaies. The 61-year-old has been with Fox Sports for the past 22 years and was an ESPN anchor from 1988-1998. He also worked part-time with Marquee last season.

Best of luck to Kasper in his new gig on the Southside. As a writer and a baseball fan, I have enjoyed listening to you call Cubs games over the last 16 years. It amazing how time flies.

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