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updated: 11/15/2013 5:08 PM

Otto, not Wood, in mix for Cubs radio job

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  • Associated Press/2001 fileFormer Cubs player Ron Coomer could be in the mix of candidates seeking to fill the radio analyst job.

      Associated Press/2001 fileFormer Cubs player Ron Coomer could be in the mix of candidates seeking to fill the radio analyst job.


The search for a new Cubs radio analyst is still in its early stages, but some interesting names can be ruled either in or out.

One Internet report this week had the choice to replace Keith Moreland coming down to Kerry Wood or Dave Otto.

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However, sources close to the situation say Wood is not a candidate. Otto, a graduate of Elk Grove High School and a former Cubs pitcher, remains a candidate. He worked in the Cubs' TV booth in 2001 and 2002. A Wheaton resident, Otto has been a fill-in analyst over the years.

One interesting name has popped up as a possibility: onetime Cubs infielder and Chicago-area native Ron Coomer. A member of the 2001 Cubs, Coomer has done TV work for the Minnesota Twins, with whom he began his major-league career.

Coomer, who turns 47 Monday, is a graduate of Lockport High School, and he has operated a baseball academy in the south suburbs. During his one year with the Cubs, he was seen as media friendly and a strong clubhouse presence.

Former Cubs outfielder Todd Hollandsworth, a studio analyst for Comcast SportsNet Chicago, remains a candidate for the radio job. Still to be determined is whether former Cubs and Phillies outfielder Doug Glanville will come into consideration.

Mark DeRosa, the popular former Cubs infielder, recently took a job with the MLB Network.

You can pretty much write off former Cubs Mark Grace and Rick Sutcliffe, as sources say they are not in the mix, and it appears that neither is ex-Cubs first baseman Eric Karros.

However, it's not out of the question that at least one other former Cubs player could emerge as a candidate in the coming weeks.

Moreland recently left after three years alongside play-by-play man Pat Hughes to spend more time with his family in Texas.

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