Len Kasper, a Midwest native, begins his seventh season with the Cubs after doing Florida Marlins play-by-play for three years for Fox Sports Net. Prior to joining the Marlins, Len did play-by-play for select Milwaukee Brewers games from 1999-2001. Kasper's broadcast career also included a stint as the morning sports anchor at WTMJ in Milwaukee, Wis. He hosted pregame and halftime shows for the Green Bay Packers radio network and co-hosted a hot stove league show on the Brewers radio network. He spent nearly eight years working for WTMJ. Kasper graduated summa cum laude from Marquette University in 1993 with a degree in
public relations. He was born on Jan. 21, 1971, in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. Len and his wife, Pam, have one son: Leo.
Jim joins the Cubs broadcast booth as the television analyst after spending the previous 16 seasons in the same role with the Houston Astros. He is a recipient of a 2010 Lone Star Emmy for Broadcast Excellence. Deshaies was selected by the Yankees in the 21st round of the 1982 draft out of LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., and played 12 years in the big leagues. He compiled an 84-95 record with a 4.14 ERA, 951 strikeouts and 575 walks in 257 games with the Yankees (1984), Astros (1985-91), Padres (1992), Twins (1993, 1994), Giants (1993) and Phillies (1995). He played on the Astros 1986 West Division championship team, setting a club rookie record with 12 wins while finishing seventh in the NL Rookie of the Year balloting. On Sept. 23, 1986, he set a modern-day Major League record against the Dodgers, striking out the first eight batters he faced in the start. Jim and his wife, Lori, have three daughters: Libby, Molly and Kelly.
Pat Hughes is in his 16th season as the WGN Radio play-by-play voice of the Cubs. He joined WGN in 1996 after spending the previous 12 years teaming with Bob Uecker on the Milwaukee Brewers Radio Network. Hughes began his baseball play-by-play career in the minor leagues, calling action for the San Jose Missions (1978-1981) and for the Columbus Clippers (1982). He worked as a play-by-play voice for Marquette University's basketball team from 1988-2004, including working with Al McGuire during the 1996-2000 seasons. Hughes' collegiate play-by-play career also includes stints with Northwestern University, San Jose State University, the University of Wisconsin and ESPN. He worked in Minnesota in 1983 as the TV voice of the Twins and as the hockey host/interviewer on North Stars telecasts. Hughes was named the Illinois Sportscaster of the Year in 2006, 1996 and 1999. He earned Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year Award honors three times (1990-1992). Hughes is the producer of "Baseball Voices: Hall of Fame Series," compact discs that commemorate and pay tribute to famous announcers of the past. He's produced disks honoring Harry Carey and Jack Buck, as well as one for Marty Brenneman. Hughes is a graduate of San Jose State University. Hughes was born on May 27, 1955, in Tucson, Ariz. Hughes and his wife, Trish, have two children: Janell and Amber.
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