CHICAGO — When Len Kasper made the surprising decision to leave the Cubs’ television booth last month, the team pledged to bring in a play-by-play voice worthy of its fans’ high expectations.
The Cubs found their man in Jon “Boog” Sciambi, who will join analyst Jim Deshaies to form Chicago’s
CHICAGO — When Len Kasper made the surprising decision to
The Cubs found their man in Jon “Boog” Sciambi, who will join analyst Jim Deshaies to form Chicago’s new broadcast team for Marquee Sports Network. Sciambi comes to the North Siders via ESPN, where he has continued to cement his place as one of the more popular voices in baseball.
“Having the opportunity to come to Wrigley Field and call games for the Chicago Cubs every day is surreal,” Sciambi said in a statement. “It really doesn’t get better than that. Chicago is one of the best cities, and Wrigley is the best ballpark out there.”
Following 16 seasons as part of the Cubs’ TV team, Kasper left for the South Side in early December to become the new radio voice of the White Sox for ESPN 1000. That news came as a collective shock for the Cubs’ fanbase, and the leadership at Marquee promised to take its time in finding a replacement for one of the “real pearl positions” in broadcasting.
Sciambi, who will remain a multiplatform broadcaster for ESPN, joins the fold after serving a variety of roles for ESPN dating back to 2005. He has served as the voice of Sunday Night Baseball for MLB on ESPN Radio and as the regular play-by-play voice for Wednesday Night Baseball telecasts on the network for the past six years.
Kris Bryant & Anthony Rizzo were mic’d up during spring training with @BoogSciambi!
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— Marquee Sports Network (@WatchMarquee) January 4, 2021
“We are excited to welcome Boog to the Marquee Network and the Cubs organization,” Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney said in a statement. “We’re confident he’ll add to the incredible legacy of Cubs broadcasters and quickly become a trusted friend to our amazing fans.”
Prior to moving to ESPN, Sciambi was the Braves’ lead TV play-by-play voice from 2007-09 and the radio voice of the Marlins from 1997-2004. While at ESPN, he has also contributed to ESPN Radio’s World Series coverage, and he has performed play-by-play duties for both the College and Little League World Series.
“There was no shortage of interest in this position, and deservedly so,” Marquee Sports Network general manager Mike McCarthy said in a release. “It is one of the premier spots in sports broadcast history, and no one is more deserving of the seat than Jon.”