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Ron Coomer will join play-by-play broadcaster Pat Hughes as the analyst on Cubs’ radio broadcasts. Chicago media columnist Robert Feder first reported the news on Thursday, and WGN Radio made it official on Friday. Coomer will replace Keith Moreland, who decided he wanted to stay close to his Texas home.
Coomer, 47, who played for the Cubs in 2001, was working for Fox Sports North and KTWN radio in Minneapolis. He played six seasons with the Twins.
Asked via Twitter if that was him in a suit near the Tribune Tower last week in downtown Chicago, Coomer admitted it was, adding, “Happy to be coming home.” He grew up in the Chicago area.
Feder reported that Coomer agreed to a two-year contract with WGN Radio, which had trimmed the choices to the former first baseman and Todd Hollandsworth, who currently has a morning show on MLB Network Radio and handles the Cubs’ pre and post-game shows on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
– Carrie Muskat
Todd Hollandsworth doesn’t know yet about whether or not he will get the WGN Radio analyst job to do Cubs broadcasts but he is keeping busy. Hollandsworth hosts a show called “First Pitch” on MLB Radio from 6-9 a.m. five days a week, and has been doing so for two years. He has moved his show to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., at the Winter Meetings hotel, so you can tune in. Hollandsworth, 40, who played for the Cubs from 2004-05 and also does Cubs pre and post game shows on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, is believed to be one of two finalists to partner with Pat Hughes. The other finalist is Ron Coomer, 47, who played for the Cubs in 2001.
– Carrie Muskat
Two former Cubs players are apparently the top candidates for the job as color analyst on WGN Radio broadcasts. Todd Hollandsworth and Ron Coomer are the favorites for the job, according to a source. The Cubs have been searching for a partner for play by play man Pat Hughes after Keith Moreland announced he was leaving. A decision was expected to be finalized next week during the Winter Meetings, which begin Monday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The source said there are other candidates being considered.
Hollandsworth, 40, played for the Cubs from 2004-05, and has done pre and post-game analysis for Comcast SportsNet Chicago since 2009. Coomer, 47, who grew up in Lockport, Ill., played for the Cubs in 2001. He was an analyst for Fox Sports North, the primary television broadcaster for the Twins.
The Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.) reported Coomer as a candidate last month. Media critic Robert Feder wrote Wednesday that Coomer and Hollandsworth were finalists.
WGN Radio has begun its search for a new color analyst to join Pat Hughes on the Cubs broadcasts. Keith Moreland surprised WGN Radio officials when he announced last week that he was leaving. WGN Radio sports director Dave Eanet told the Chicago Tribune the next person does not necessarily have to have played for the Cubs, using Jim Deshaies and Bob Brenly as examples. Hughes was to meet Tuesday with Eanet and others to discuss the next hire.
Ron Santo and Cubs radio play by play announcer Pat Hughes are among the 41 broadcasters picked from the more than 200 eligible for the 2013 Ford C. Frick Award. The second round of online voting for the award began Monday and will run through Oct. 5 on the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Facebook site. The top three vote-getters among the 41 finalists will be placed on the final 2013 Frick Award ballot, with the other seven finalists determined by a Hall of Fame committee. The final ballot will be announced Oct. 9.
The Ford C. Frick Award is presented annually by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for excellence in baseball broadcasting. The 2013 Frick Award winner will be selected by a 21-member electorate, with the winner to be announced at baseball’s Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn., in early December.
Santo was inducted posthumously into the Hall of Fame this summer.
The top 41 vote-getters from the first round of online voting were (in alphabetical order): Joe Angel, Richie Ashburn, Alan Ashby, Bert Blyleven, Lou Boudreau, Thom Brennaman, Rodger Brulotte, Joe Buck, Steve Busby, Skip Caray, Joe Castiglione, Tom Cheek, Don Chevrier, Gary Cohen, Jerry Doggett, Jacques Doucet, Dick Enberg, Ed Farmer, Ray Fosse, Hank Greenwald, Tom Grieve, Tom Hamilton, Ken Harrelson, Mark Holtz, Pat Hughes, Jim Hunter, Todd Kalas, Bill King, Mike Krukow, Duane Kuiper, Eric Nadel, Joe Nuxhall, Phil Rizzuto, Ron Santo, Mike Shannon, Charlie Slowes, Dwayne Staats, Steve Stone, Pete Van Wieren, Mike Wilner and Bert Wilson. Every broadcaster, active or retired, who has broadcast at least 10 consecutive years for a team or network was eligible for consideration during the first round of voting. Voting in the Fan Finals begins with a clean slate for each candidate, as vote totals do not carry over from Round One.
Presented annually since 1978 for excellence in baseball broadcasting, the Ford C. Frick Award is given to an active or retired broadcaster with a minimum of 10 years of continuous major league broadcast service with a ball club, network, or a combination of the two. The Frick electorate includes all living Award-winners and five historians/veteran media members appointed by the Hall of Fame.
You can help Ron Santo and Pat Hughes get into baseball’s Hall of Fame. Santo and Hughes are among the 75 candidates vying for the 2012 Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting. This is Hughes’ 16th season as WGN Radio’s play by play announcer. Santo’s last season as the team’s analyst was 2010. The former Cubs third baseman, who died last December, began his broadcasting career in 1990 and teamed with Hughes for 15 seasons.
Fans can cast votes for the Cubs radio broadcasters at the Hall of Fame’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/baseballhall. This is the ninth consecutive year the fans will select three of the 10 names on the ballot for the Frick Award. Voting runs from Thursday through Sept. 30, and fans can cast votes once per day through September.
The Hall of Fame has trimmed the list of fan-eligible candidates to 75, with two representing every current big league team and 15 at-large selections. The selections were based on popularity, longevity and past voting results in the online fan balloting. Eligible candidates must have a minimum of 10 years of continuous Major League broadcast service with a ball club, network, or a combination of the two.
Results of the fan voting will be announced Oct. 5. The final 2012 Frick Award ballot will be comprised of the three fan selections, along with seven other candidates, determined by a Hall of Fame staff research team. The winner will be announced Dec. 6 at the Winter Meetings.
– Carrie Muskat
Pat Hughes has a new book out that’s a collection of stories about late Ron Santo. It’s called “Ron Santo: A Perfect 10,” and is available now on Cubs.com, Ronsantobook.com, or at Chicagoland Jewel and Binny’s Beverage Depot locations. Hughes said orders placed by 12 p.m. CT on Wednesday should get delivery in time for Father’s Day on Sunday.
Santo died December 3, 2010, of complications from bladder cancer. Hughes was asked by the Santo family to be the primary eulogist at the funeral in Chicago. That sparked some memories.
The book features more than 40 voices as current Cubs players such as Kerry Wood, Santo’s former teammates like Ernie Banks and Fergie Jenkins, and some family share stories. Ron Santo Jr. encouraged Hughes to write the book after a conversation at the Cubs Convention in January.
“I just want people to remember Ron with a smile on their face,” Hughes said.
– Carrie Muskat
Cubs players will wear No. 10 caps on Thursday in honor of Ron Santo Day at HoHoKam Park. There’s a No. 10 painted on the field behind home plate and a plaque will be unveiled under the broadcast booth. Fans will get a No. 10 sticker and a baseball card with a black and white photo of Santo at Rendezvous Park in Mesa in Spring Training 1965.
“I didn’t know him near as well as Billy [Williams] and Lou [Piniella] and all the veterans and people around Chicago for years and years,” manager Mike Quade said. “When you interview with somebody, it becomes more of an intimate thing and for those six weeks, I did get to know him.”
Santo never hid his love for the Cubs.
“It was sincere,” Quade said of Santo’s passion. “It wasn’t manufactured for the booth or anything else. I never needed to hear the score when I was in Iowa. All those years, I would turn on the radio after my game and listen to three words out of Ronnie’s mouth — or three groans. [If it was groans], I wasn’t sure how bad we were losing but I knew it wasn’t good. If he and Pat [Hughes] were having fun, then I knew we were in good shape.”
– Carrie Muskat
New Cubs radio analyst Keith Moreland arrived at HoHoKam Park on Saturday to get prepped for his first broadcast on Sunday with partner Pat Hughes. Moreland is taking over for the late Ron Santo.
“There’s excitement, obviously, and sadness, too,” Moreland said. “Ron was a great friend and a major part of this organization for 50 years. I have sadness and excitement all at the same time. You can’t replace Ron and all I can do is be me. It’s nice to have a Hall of Fame type guy sitting beside me because Pat makes you feel so comfortable.”
Moreland remembers when he first met Santo, and Santo told the young third baseman that he liked how he played the game.
“He was self-deprecating,” Moreland said of Santo. “He would pick on himself awful bad. He would pick on himself so much, he made it so much fun to be around him.”
Will it be tough to criticize players?
“The first thing is there is no substitute for hustle,” Moreland said. “Effort is the one thing you can control. The game of baseball is a game you cannot control the outcome. You can hit the ball four times right on the button or make five really good pitches in a row and two could leave the ballpark. You don’t have control sometimes of the outcome but you do have control of your effort. If there is a point that I could be critical of it will be effort.”
Is he nervous?
“Heck, yeah, I’m nervous,” Moreland said. “I just hope people allow me to be me. Again, [Santo] is irreplaceable, and that’s not my intention in any capacity. Because of that, I have some apprehension. I get to turn to my right and look who’s sitting beside me — he’s the best straight man in the world.”
Hughes has said he wants Moreland to shine and be the star.
“All I can do is be me,” Moreland said. “There’s nothing other than that. I can butcher the English language with the best of them and I’m not sure what words mean sometimes. I try my best to get a point across of what’s taking place on the field.”
– Carrie Muskat