Former Cubs player Ron Coomer is headed to the Cubs radio booth, according to RobertFeder.com.
Coomer, a Chicago-area native, will take Keith Moreland’s place alongside Pat Hughes and will provide color after signing a two-year contract. Moreland, who replaced Ron Santo in the booth, left after three years this off-season.
The 47-year-old played parts of nine seasons in the Majors, including for the Cubs in 2001 and most recently worked for Fox Sports North, covering the Twins. The deal is expected to be announced Friday.
You can get a feel for the South Siders speaking style in this off-the-cuff – and slightly salty – chat he had with a group of minor leaguers in 2010 in Mankato, Minn. In fact, at the 5:20 mark Coomer tells the story that he was drafted specifically because of his South Side accent. That’s sure to go over well in a Cubs booth, right?
Coomer was a standout at Lockport Township High School, but wouldn’t be drafted until he was 28.
The other candidate in line for the booth job, Todd Hollandsworth, tweeted his congratulations to Coomer late Thursday night:
Wishing my former teammate Ron Coomer all the best, you'll be great with Pat.
— Todd Hollandsworth (@hollytime28) December 13, 2013