Our days with Chip Caray have come to a close. In the final year of his contract, Carey was offered a small raise by WGN, and according to the Tribune, he was contemplating an offer from the Atlanta Braves.

Caray, the Cubs’ television play-by-play voice since 1998, is weighing an offer to join the Atlanta Braves next year, according to team and broadcast sources. Caray is in the final year of his contract with the Cubs and WGN-Ch. 9. Caray has been offered a new contract to stay with the Cubs, but it was said to include only a nominal raise over his estimated salary of $400,000 per year….Asked about his contract situation earlier this year, Caray expressed a strong desire to stay in Chicago, saying he wanted another 30 years in the Cubs’ broadcast booth. As it stands now, Sunday could be his final day.

At the end of the broadcast today, Carey and stone said their goodbyes. Chip signed off by saying that for the last time in a WGN, he was signing off. I wish him all the best. Now the search for a new broadcaster begins. If it were me, I would make Pat and Ron my TV guys.

Update: 6:30pm Read the story from the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Chip Caray is gone.

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