We’ve been waiting on the Chicago Cubs to make a big move this winter, and they finally have. In what can only been seen as a victory for those of us fans who listen to a good amount of games on the radio, the Cubs will announce that Ron Coomer will be the new radio color analyst.
Former Cubs infielder Ron Coomer will succeed Keith Moreland in the Cubs radio booth alongside play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes, sources confirmed Thursday.
Coomer agreed to a two-year contract as color analyst to be announced Friday by the Cubs and WGN AM 720. A Chicago area native who played for the Cubs in 2001, Coomer, 47, most recently worked on Minnesota Twins’ pre- and post-game shows for Fox Sports North.
In case you forgot about Coomer’s 2001 season, he hit .261/.316/.390 with 8 home runs and 53 RBI in 111 games at third base, first base and DH. It’s yet to be seen whether Coomer will be any good as an analyst, but at least he’s not Todd Hollandsworth.
Speaking of former Cubs, with the recent retirement of Mark Prior at age 33, it’s good to remember his cautionary tale as we salivate over big-name prospects currently in the organization.
“Don’t take anything for granted,” Prior said. “You never know how long your career’s going to be, how short, how good, how bad and everything in between. (It’s) understanding the privilege and the opportunity those kids have to be sitting in that position.”
“Nothing’s destined,” Prior said. “It’s really what you want to make of it and things don’t always work out and life’s not fair. I think we all know that. (But) you just got to pick yourself up and keep moving forward.”
Prior will now be a special assistant in the Padres organization.
The Cubs forfeited their pick in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 draft, but did manage to pick someone up in the Triple-A phase. Charles Cutler is a catcher who played at the Double-A level in the Pirates organization. He’ll likely join that Whiteside guy at Iowa.
“He was a guy we targeted,” GM Jed Hoyer said of Cutler. “We’re always looking for catching. He’s a left-handed hitting catcher with some on-base skills. At that part of the Draft, we don’t have the strings attached and it’s nice to be able to acquire a player like that. He was a guy who stuck out.”
Des Moines is probably a nicer place than Altoona, so good for Charles. The Cubs also lost four players in the Rule 5:
The Cubs lost four players in the Rule 5 Draft. Right-handed pitcher Marcos Mateo was taken in the Major League phase by the Diamondbacks. In the Triple-A phase of the Draft, first baseman Justin Bour was picked by the Marlins, outfielder Julio Borbon selected by the Orioles, and pitcher A.J. Morris selected by the Pirates.
You might remember Mateo pitching out of the bullpen in 2010 and 2011. He’s mostly been hurt since then, so good luck to the Diamondbacks.