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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.
According to Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the Cubs will begin interviews this week with five contenders for the TV analyst job as they search for a replacement for Bob Brenly. The list includes Dan Plesac, Rick Sutcliffe, Eric Karros, Todd Hollandsworth and Gary Matthews. Plesac was a pre and post-game analyst for Comcast SportsNet before joining MLB Network. He also played for the Cubs in 1993 and ’94. Sutcliffe, another former Cubs pitcher, is under contract for one more year with ESPN.
Karros, played for the Cubs in 2003, was approached for the WGN Radio color job after Ron Santo died in December 2010. Hollandsworth is the current pre and post-game analyst on Comcast SportsNet Chicago. He has filled in for Brenly before. Matthews is currently a color commentator for the Phillies broadcasts. “Sarge” played for the Cubs from 1984-87 and was a member of Dusty Baker’s coaching staff from 2003-06. Brenly left to join the Diamondbacks TV broadcast team.
– Carrie Muskat
Julianne Hough, a two-time “Dancing with the Stars” champion and country music singer, will sing the seventh inning stretch Thursday at Wrigley Field. On Friday, it will be former Cubs outfielder Keith Moreland, who is subbing for Bob Brenly as color analyst.
On Saturday, former Cubs outfielder Todd Hollandsworth will sing, followed on Sunday by Ron Santo, and on Monday, by journlist Bill Kurtis. Tuesday is to be announced and next Wednesday, NFL coach and Chicago native Marv Levy will lead the crowd in “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”
On July 23, new Bulls guard Kyle Korver will do the honors on, followed by Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly on July 24.
– Carrie Muskat