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Brenly to manage Arizona

Diamondbacks sign former broadcaster, catcher to three-year contract

October 31, 2000

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— Bob Brenly, a broadcaster and former major league catcher, was hired Monday as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks and said the team has enough talent to be in the World Series next season.

Brenly, 46, signed a three-year contract worth $2 million, with a fourth year at the club's option.

"I was in New York last week and I looked at those two teams and went position by position," Brenly said. "There's no reason why the Diamondbacks couldn't be there next year or maybe why they shouldn't be there this year. I think the team is that good."

Owner Jerry Colangelo, who introduced Brenly at a news conference in the Diamondbacks' clubhouse, said he likes his new manager's work ethic, attitude and philosophy.

"He's the first one to say that he doesn't have all the answers," Colangelo said, "and I find that refreshing. There needs to be a little more fun in this room. That's something we were missing last season."

Brenly, TV analyst for the Diamondbacks and the Fox network, replaces Buck Showalter, who was fired the day after the season ended. The Diamondbacks interviewed seven candidates, then narrowed the list to Brenly and former Philadelphia Phillies manager Terry Francona.

Brenly was offered the job in a 2 a.m. meeting with Colangelo in a New York hotel restaurant last Thursday.

Brenly said he plans to surround himself with an experienced coaching staff, and he said the veteran makeup of the team will dictate his approach.

"I think you just have to let them play," he said. "We're very blessed to have a veteran team here, a lot of guys who have been through postseason play before, a lot of guys who have achieved a lot of personal success in their own careers."

He said those players now have only one goal left.

"We have a lot of guys in this room who have a burning desire to play in the World Series," Brenly said. "I guess the best thing I can do is not get in their way."

Brenly caught for nine major league seasons, mostly with the San Francisco Giants, and appeared in one All-Star game. He teamed with Thom Brennaman on Diamondbacks telecasts during the franchise's first three years.

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