One of the things that the Chicago Cubs front office was searching for in their next manager was an individual who understood the background of the organization. The Cubs proceeded to hire Rick Renteria as the team’s manager, someone who has never been a part of the Cubs organization.
That will not be the case when WGN hires a color analyst to go alongside Pat Hughes in the Cubs radio booth. WGN plans to hire a replacement to Keith Moreland within the next month, and the station has already compiled a list of candidates.
According to a report by Robert Feder, WGN has compiled a list of nine candidates to be Hughes next partner. All nine candidates have a familiarity with the Cubs organization.
The list includes eight individuals who previously played for the Cubs. Those candidates are former pitchers Rick Sutcliffe, Dave Otto, and Kerry Wood; former infielders Ryan Theriot, Mark DeRosa, and Eric Karros; and former outfielders Todd Hollandsworth and Doug Glanville. The last candidate is current San Diego Padres announcer Andy Masur. Masur previously was a WGN sportscaster that occasionally subbed in for Hughes.
Otto finished runner-up to Moreland in 2011 when WGN was looking to replace the legendary Ron Santo.
As a rule of thumb, you never want to be the guy replacing a legend; you want to be the one replacing the one who replaced a legend. With the list of candidates, WGN seemingly can not go wrong with whoever they hire. The only exception being Theriot. Theriot burned his bridges with the Cubs organization after the scrappy-shortstop went to the St Louis Cardinals and claimed he was on the right side of the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry.
One thing is certain and that is the history of the Cubs organization will not be lost on the individual that is hired to be the new color analyst in the Cubs radio booth.