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Tuesday would’ve been Ron Santo’s 74th birthday. His latest replacement on WGN Radio, Ron Coomer, was at the Cubs’ Spring Training complex to prep for his first season in the broadcast booth.
Coomer, 47, is replacing analyst and former Cubs player Keith Moreland, and will join play-by-play man Pat Hughes. And Coomer has nothing but respect for Santo, who was doing the Cubs broadcasts when Coomer played for the Cubs in 2001.
“You don’t replace Ronnie,” Coomer said of Santo. “I’m not looking to be the next ‘Pat and Ron’ show. Hopefully, I can just do my job.”
Coomer received a No. 10 honoring Santo after a fantasy camp, and it’s hanging up in his pool room at home. He attended Lockport (Ill.) Township High School, and still has links on the south side of Chicago. Coomer expects his favorite sandwich place, Parisi’s, to deliver to Wrigley Field. He also has some Santo stories to share with listeners. They talked about playing third several times.
“We were headed to Cincinnati, and he came walking to the back to the plane and says, ‘Hey, big boy, what are you doing tonight?'” said Coomer, who knew he’d be talking baseball with Santo that evening.
“He was a legend,” Coomer said of Santo.
– Carrie Muskat
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.