Eight Former Cubs on List to Replace Keith Moreland

According to a report from Robert Feder, there are eight former Cubs on the shortlist to replace Keith Moreland in WGN’s booth. 720 WGN is on the “fast track” to find a replacement for Moreland to call games alongside of the Voice of the Cubs, Pat Hughes.

Feder reported WGN would like to hire the Cubs’ new color analyst by the start of the Winter Meetings on Dec. 9.

WGN compiled a list of potential candidates on Monday that includes Rick Sutcliffe, Todd Hollandsworth, Dave Otto, Kerry Wood, Mark DeRosa, Eric Karros, Ryan Theriot and Doug Glanville. Andy Masur is also on the list according to the report.

Robert Feder reported “whoever gets the job likely would be signed to a multiyear contract, which could be transferrable to another station if the Cubs leave WGN.” The Cubs and 720 WGN are under contract through the 2014 season.


720 WGN recently exercised an option to re-open their contract with the Cubs due to “sharply declining ratings because of the Cubs’ struggles on the field.”

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  • bpot92

    Mark Derosa or Kerry Wood would be awesome. Theriot kind of dissed the cubs back when he was on the cardinals but was still a great hustle player

  • Ripsnorter1

    Put Randy Hundley in the booth.

    • cubtex

      How about Todd Hundley? LOL

  • gkrab2616

    I would like to see Mark Grace.

  • Steve Baier

    Would love to have Sutcliffe or Kerry Wood! Karros & Hollandsworth would be solid picks too though.

    • cubtex

      Agreed! Now we are talking having some good candidates. Sutcliffe,Kerry Wood,Karros,Glanville,Holly. I would take any one of those.

  • 07GreyDigger

    I like Sutcliffe as well, but I feel like Kerry Wood will be the choice simply to get those younger fans listening again.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    No Mark Grace on the list!
    WGN don’t hire Felons?

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      The guy had a drinking problem, he’s not a violent criminal. I’m not condoning driving drunk but the guy has paid his penance and tried to rehabilitate his life. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone…

      • ross Scanio

        That would be a good reason to hire him, but a better reason is to improve the number of people listening to the broadcast.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Who was that guy that filled in on WGN radio for Spring Training games? He sounded professional.

    • cc002600

      I think that is Smokie’s announcer. I agree, he’s pretty good. and would know the farm system.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Mick Gillispie is who you are talking about. He does an excellent job.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    DeRosa resigned with his team I read.

    • daverj

      No, he didn’t. The Blue Jays exercised their team option on DeRosa, but he decided to retire.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        yes he did…news of that came today that he declined his option.

  • cc002600

    Please no Holly or Otto ….good guys, but too plain vanilla. (i.e. boring) ….The TV Booth is boring enough, we don’t need the radio booth to be a snore too. (although Pat is the best, so that will never happen)

  • cc002600

    Would love to see Woodie get it.

    Grace would be fun too, but I know that won’t happen
    same with Sutcliffe – he won’t take it.

    Karros or Derosa would be good too.

    Glanville – zzzzzz

  • E

    Theriot burned his bridge when he left Chicago. I’m surprised the brain trust at WGN even put him on the list (although WGN radio brought back Kathy and Judy, so we know we’re not dealing with Rhodes Scholars there).

    • 07GreyDigger

      My mom would disagree with that statement…

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Didn’t Theriot said one tine he was on the wrong side of the Cubs – Cardinals rival?
      Tell Ryan to get his radio gig in St.Louis.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        I have to agree with that. But I’m sure he was just trying to make himself welcomed as a former rival. Still, he is not even close to my first choice.

      • BosephHeyden

        He also apparently wasn’t wrong two World Series rings later.

  • jtrain23

    I am impressed by this list. There seem to be a lot of good quality guys with a lot of on the field credibility. Several also have demonstrated great potential on the mic as well.
    I have to agree with a few commenters that Doug Glanville is less than exciting. We know what we would be getting with guys like Sutcliffe and Holly. I’m curious to see how some of these other guys would be on the radio. I love Woody as a Cub, and would be excited to hear him calling games. I just hope his likeability would translate into good radio.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Fans should hear the Dodgers radio network…..EXCELLENT all the way of how they present the game.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    If DeRosa got the radio job……he would only come in the late innings.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    good list of candidates! I don’t really care who it is, as long as they are good at it and easy to listen to. I like knowing it is a player I watched only because then the stories they tell during games often include players I saw on the Cubs or that they played against…makes it more interesting to me. Hollandsworth seems solid on CSN.

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