Chicago Cubs: Ron Coomer

Playing time, not record, a surprise

April, 21, 2014
Apr 21
11:30
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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CHICAGO -- If you’re overly surprised by the Chicago Cubs' 5-12 record three weeks into the season then you must be an overly optimistic person. The season is going about as planned.

Sure, there was always a chance they would employ a closer who wouldn’t implode or an outfield which would overachieve or that Edwin Jackson would have at least one quality start, but the odds were against all of that and the first three weeks followed those odds.

The one real surprise to the start of the season remains the lineup choices manager Rick Renteria continues to make. Stop me if you’ve heard this cry before: Why aren’t young players like Mike Olt and Junior Lake playing every day?

Now, realize this isn’t necessarily just another rant about that, but even if you’re OK with the idea of “protecting” the young players -- if that’s what’s going on -- at least you need to acknowledge it’s a bit of a surprise that Ryan Sweeney has nine starts this year in 17 games. Who saw that coming?

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Cubs tab Coomer for radio analyst

December, 13, 2013
12/13/13
2:51
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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CHICAGO -- Former Chicago Cubs player Ron Coomer was named as their radio analyst on Friday, the team and WGN Radio announced.

Coomer, 47, spent nine years in the major leagues including the 2001 season with the Cubs. He’s a native of the Chicago area and has most recently been serving as an in-studio analyst for the Minnesota Twins.

“What a great homecoming for Ron,” Crane Kenney, president of business operations for the Cubs, said in a statement. “I enjoyed getting to know Ron during the process and am a fan of his work in the Twin Cities. His knowledge of the game is vast and he will be a great complement to Pat (Hughes) in the WGN booth.”

Coomer replaces Keith Moreland, who resigned after last season.

Cubs radio job search narrowing?

December, 4, 2013
12/04/13
3:08
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs' search for a radio analyst to replace Keith Moreland may be down to two names, according to a source familiar with the process.

Current television studio analyst Todd Hollandsworth and former player and Chicago native Ron Coomer are the frontrunners, although there are a “couple others still in the picture,” according to the source.

Hollandsworth, who was Rookie of the Year for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1996, played for the Cubs in 2004-05. He’s been the pre- and post-game analyst for Cubs games on ComcastSportsNet since 2009.

Coomer played one season (2001) for the Cubs before retiring from his playing career in 2003. He’s been an analyst for the Minnesota Twins' radio and television outlets after playing for the Twins for five seasons.

The Cubs flagship station, WGN Radio, said they hoped to have a replacement for Moreland by mid-January when the Cubs Convention takes place.

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