11/6 Moreland to leave WGN Radio

Analyst Keith Moreland is leaving the Cubs radio broadcast booth to spend more time with his family, WGN Radio announced Wednesday. Moreland wrote a note to WGN Radio staff, thanking the fans, his colleagues and the Cubs for the opportunity.

“After spending three years doing it, I’ve simply decided that I want to spend more time at home in Texas,” Moreland said in his note.

Moreland, who played for the Cubs from 1982-87, joined play-by-play broadcaster Pat Hughes for the 2011 season, replacing popular Ron Santo, who was in the booth from 1990-2010. Santo died in December 2010.

Known as “Zonk,” Moreland, 59, played 12 seasons with the Phillies, Cubs, Padres, Tigers and Orioles, and won a World Series in 1980 with Philadelphia.

“He was fun to be around, insightful, and a team player,” Hughes said of Moreland in a statement. “Like our listeners, I feel like I learned a little more about baseball each day from him. I wish Keith all the best and I will miss him greatly.”

– Carrie Muskat

7 Comments

Bring Steve Stone back, best announcer ever!

Hire Dale Sveum !

just kiddding

So long Keith, you will be missed….uh, not really…

I agree that Steve Stone was a gem. He was candid and was not averse to being critical of players and managers and their decisions when appropriate. I felt bad for Moreland this past season as he had to cover every inning of every contest and it had to be comparable to doing penance at times. There is an image I have of Keith Moreland which will be in my head until the day I expire. I attended a Cubs/Expos contest in Montreal August of 1984 when the Cubs were in first place and well on their way to the playoffs. Sat in the first row along the first base line for a well played game which was tied 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth. Andre Dawson came to the plate with a runner in scoring position and hit a flare just over the head of first baseman Moreland and that was all she wrote. Am thinking the Hawk would admit it was of the cheapest knocks he ever struck.

Good memory jhosk. Reminds me of Luis Gonzales game winning hit in the 7th game of the WS in 2001. A little flair just out of Jeters reach.

I surely do recall that Gonzoles knock, Jasper, as I covet seeing the Yankees defeated, especially in a meaningful contest as that. I want to correct the record with regard to the Expos/Cubs contest I cited above. The game was tied 0-0 going to the bottom of the tenth inning when the Hawk hit that weak pop just beyond the reach of Moreland at first base to decide the contest. It was 08/09/84 and Eckersley hurled nine scoreless innings in the game and he sat next to me at the bar of the Montreal Sheraton that night after the gameThat is the hotel where the Cubs stayed for that series. Also, Pete Rose was part of the Expo roster at that time and he pinch hit in that game.

Heyy they can hire Mark grace now jk.. bring back sosa or Bill Bickner would be interesting. Or maybe just not hire anyone and have a different guy do it every game like a chicago native or former cub.

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