Ron Coomer agreed to a two-year deal on Friday to become the Chicago Cubs’ new radio analyst. He will replace Keith Moreland in the WGN-AM 720 radio booth alongside play-by-play commentator Pat Hughes, the Chicago Tribune confirmed Friday.
Todd Hollandsworth was the other finalist for the position and he will be a member of a Monday-through-Friday morning show on MLB Radio Network as well as make TV appearances on MLB Network. It is also expected he will continue doing pre- and postgame analyst for Cubs games on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
Coomer, 47, played for the Cubs in 2001 during a nine-year career mostly as a corner infielder. The Lockport High School graduate has been a TV studio analyst for the Twins. Chicago media blogger Rob Feder first reported his hiring at robertfeder.com.
The coming season appears to be the Cubs last on WGN and Coomer’s contract is expected to transfer to the team’s next radio partner. There does not appear to be another AM radio station in the Chicago market for the Cubs. WSCR 670 carries Chicago White Sox games and WMVP ESPN 1000 carries national programming shows, which they are unlikely to set aside for Cubs games.