Hollandsworth, Coomer finalists for radio analyst job
Pair of former Cubs appear to be favorites; decision expected during Winter Meetings
CHICAGO -- Former Cubs Todd Hollandsworth and Ron Coomer are among the finalists for the analyst job with WGN Radio.
The Cubs and WGN Radio have been searching for a partner for play-by-play man Pat Hughes after Keith Moreland unexpectedly announced he was leaving on Nov. 6. A decision is expected to be finalized next week during the Winter Meetings, which begin Monday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
There are other candidates for the job, but Hollandsworth and Coomer appear to be the favorites, according to a source. Hollandsworth, 40, played for the Cubs from 2004-05, and has done pregame and postgame 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.
Moreland joined Hughes for the 2011 season, replacing popular Ron Santo, who was in the booth from 1990-2010. Santo died in December 2010. Hughes just completed his 18th season as the Cubs' play-by-play broadcaster.
The Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.) reported last month that Coomer was a candidate for the job, and Chicago media critic Robert Feder wrote Wednesday that the field had been narrowed to Coomer and Hollandsworth.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.