Imagine you’re driving home from work on a sunny summer afternoon in Chicago. Chances are, the Cubs are playing and your radio is likely turned to WGN 720 AM radio. This channel broadcasts the Chicago Cubs games and personality Pat Hughes if there to talk to you on your way home. This year will be different however, as a new personality has joined the broadcast booth. Former Cub infielder Ron Coomer will replace Keith Moreland as the color commentator for the radio. Moreland, whose services lasted for only one season, left to spend more time with his family.
Coomer agreed on a two-year contract to be the color commentator alongside Pat Hughes for the upcoming season. Coomer was always a Cub fan as he was born in Crest Hill, IL. He went to high school at Lockport Township and after his career ended he opened a baseball facility in Orland Park, Ill., called On Deck Baseball Academy.
Ron Coomer chose Taft Junior College to play college baseball. At Taft, he hit .385 with 19 home runs in 1986. His performance got the scouts noticing his talent and he was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 14th round of the 1987 amateur draft. He would go on to play for the Minnesota Twins (1995-2000), the Chicago Cubs (2001), the New York Yankees (2002) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (2003). During his career he had a batting average of .274, a total of 449 RBIs and 92 home runs.
Coomer played first base, third base and right field during his nine-year career and made the All-Star game once in 1999. In 1999 he had 16 home runs batted .263 and had an on base percentage of .307. Coomer previously worked for Fox Sports North and KTWN as a TV analyst in Minnesota. With the Twins he was part of the pre and post game shows.
Coomer will add great knowledge to the Cubs broadcast team. Alongside Pat Hughes, Coomer can provided insight and detailed opinion to the game, something to look forward to this seasons for the Cubs. During his time as a Cub, Coomer hit .261 his only year in Chicago. You can follow Ron Coomer on Twitter @CoomsCorner8.