The Cubs have a new voice on WGN-AM 720: Ron Coomer will be joining play-by-play man Pat Hughes in the booth.
The Cubs and the radio station – which have a partnership that’s only guaranteed through the 2014 season – made the hire official on Friday. Coomer has done TV work with the Minnesota Twins on Fox Sports North and became a radio personality in the Twin Cities.
But Coomer is a Chicago guy. He graduated from Lockport High School and helped build up a baseball academy in Orland Park. He played for the Cubs in 2001 and lasted nine years in the big leagues.
Coomer, 47, got a two-year deal, according to veteran Chicago media reporter Robert Feder, and will replace color analyst Keith Moreland, who stepped down after three seasons and returned home to Texas.
“His humor, knowledge and lifelong affinity for the Cubs make him a natural to team up with Pat in the booth,” WGN Radio sports director Dave Eanet said in an announcement on the station’s website.
“What a great homecoming for Ron,” Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney said in the statement. “His knowledge of the game is vast and he will be a great complement to Pat in the WGN booth.”
Todd Hollandsworth – the Comcast SportsNet Chicago analyst, MLB Network Radio host, and finalist for this job – posted this message on his Twitter account: “Wishing my former teammate Ron Coomer all the best, you'll be great with Pat.”