Finishing up week two of my countdown of the MLB broadcasters. I figured I’d be done by now, but I got carried away.
I could have used a picture of Jim Deshaies as a broadcaster, but I think you know what he looks like currently.
30. Jim Deshaies. Chicago Cubs. WAR: 13.6
Jim Deshaies made his major league debut with the Yankees in 1984, but he only made two appearances with New York before they dealt him to the Astros in September of 1985 for veteran knuckleballer Joe Niekro.
In his rookie season in 1986, Deshaies was the fourth starter for a loaded Astros pitching staff, behind Mike Scott, Nolan Ryan and Bob Knepper. Deshaies went 12-5 with a 3.25 ERA in 1986 and finished seventh in Rookie of the Year balloting. Unsurprisingly with that rotation, the Astros won the NL West, but manager Hal Lanier went with a three-man rotation in the NL Championship Series and Deshaies didn’t get to pitch. It was the last playoff team Deshaies would pitch for.
As mentioned occasionally on Cub telecasts, Deshaies set a major league record on…