WGN and the Cubs are in the process of finding a replacement for Keith Moreland in the Cubs’ radio booth alongside the great Pat Hughes. A report earlier in the week indicated eight former Cubs and Andy Masur were on the shortlist to fill the vacated spot. At the time, Mark DeRosa was thought to be the frontrunner, especially after he retired from baseball the next day. DeRosa took a job with the MLB Network which left Rick Sutcliffe, Kerry Wood, Dave Otto, Ryan Theriot, Doug Glanville, Todd Hollandsworth and Eric Karros as possibilities to replace Moreland.
According to a report from Bruce Miles, Kerry Wood is not a candidate for the Cubs’ color analyst job. Dave Otto and Todd Hollandsworth are candidates but it is unclear if Doug Glanville is being considered for the position. Rick Sutcliffe, Mark Grace and Eric Karros are not candidates according to Miles’ report.
One new name on the list appears to be former Cubs’ infielder Ron Coomer. Coomer played for the Cubs in 2001 and has been calling games for the Minnesota Twins. Coomer is a Chicago-native and graduate of Lockport High, a southwest suburb of Chicago.
Bruce Miles indicated another former Cubs’ player “could emerge in the coming weeks.”
Dave Otto was a finalist for the radio job after Ron Santo passed away in December of 2010. Otto filled in for Santo on the radio side and worked on Cubs’ TV in 2001 and 2002. Otto provided a solid temporary replacement when Santo required time off and is a regular at the annual Cubs Convention. Otto has a passion for the team and worked well with Pat Hughes.
Ron Coomer or Todd Hollandsworth would be a good fit with Pat Hughes. Both former players know the game and could add to the tremendous play-by-play that Pat Hughes delivers on a daily basis.
Dave Eanet, 720 WGN’s Sport Director, met with Pat Hughes, among others, on Tuesday to discuss the candidates to replace Keith Moreland.
Reports have suggested WGN would like to have the new color analyst in place by the time Baseball’s Winter Meetings begin on Dec. 9.