WGN Radio and the Cubs Announce the Hiring of Ron Coomer

The search for a color analyst to call Cubs’ games alongside Pat Hughes officially ended on Friday when 720 WGN and the Cubs announced the hiring of one-time Cubs’ player Ron Coomer. The Hughes & Coomer Show will make its debut in Spring Training.

Ron Coomer, 47, played for the Cubs during the 2001 season and he has been part of the Minnesota Twins coverage on Fox Sports North.

Patrick Mooney confirmed Robert Feder’s report from Thursday night that Coomer received a two-year contract which is expected to transfer to another network if the Cubs and 720 WGN cannot reach an agreement on a new contract.

According to the Tribune, Ron Coomer was one of several candidates Pat Hughes suggested to replace Keith Moreland in the booth. Hughes told the Tribune he had a good feeling about Coomer. Hughes praised Coomer’s personality, sense of humor, people skills and a “natural sense of honesty.”

Ron Coomer did not apply for the job until Hughes suggested his name. Coomer did not have any plans to leave Minnesota and said the only job he would have left the Twins for was the Cubs.

Dave Eanet, WGN Radio Sports Director, said he is thrilled to have Ron Coomer on board and Cubs’ President of Business Operations Crane Kenney thinks he will be a great compliment to Pat Hughes.

And according to multiple reports, Ron Coomer and Theo Epstein have a mutual friend in Eddie Vedder.

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

    No idea if this is a great hire or not. For all I know he speaks in a falsetto. Anybody have some insight?

    • Ripsnorter1

      I listened to 670theScore interview him on 12-13-2013. He is in no way a polished
      interviewer. He must have said, “You know” about 190 times. He’s probably similar
      to Ron Santo and Keith Moreland: a former ballplayer who is not really a trained public speaker.

      I think we will have to find out by listening next season.

      • RickinMSP

        That’s a pretty good assessment Rip. Living here in the Twin Cities I hear him quite a bit, he even has a gig as a music DJ on the radio station the Twins own. When compared to the other finalist, Hollandsworth, he isn’t nearly as insightful, but does have a fun personality that should mesh well with Pat.