On Wednesday, the Chicago Cubs and WGN announced that former Cub Keith Moreland would replace the late Ron Santo during the Cubs’ radio broadcasts. Moreland and the Cubs agreed to a three-year contract.
Moreland played 12 seasons in the major leagues, six of them for the Cubs. For his career he had a .279 batting average, 121 home runs, 674 RBI and a .746 OPS. His best season came in 1985 when he hit for a .307 average with 14 HR, 106 RBI and 12 stolen bases.
“I’m very excited to work with a great broadcaster in Pat Hughes, a great team in the Cubs that I was lucky enough to play for and a great radio station that has the power to reach millions of Cubs fans,” said Moreland. “I’m not a replacement for Ron Santo – he’s impossible to replace. All I can do is be me and strive to connect and build a relationship with Cubs fans everywhere.”
For the past few seasons Moreland has been the color analyst for the Texas Longhorns baseball and football teams. A graduate of Texas, Moreland played for the university’s baseball and football teams.
He was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 7th round in 1975, and would spend four seasons playing in Philadelphia. Over the course of his career he spent time playing for the Phillies, Cubs, San Diego Padres, Detroit Tiger and the Baltimore Orioles.
On December 3, 2010 Santo died after a life long battle with diabetes. Santo’s playing career with the Cubs lasted from 1960 to 1973. He played one more season in 1974 with the White Sox. He joined the Cubs’ broadcast booth in 1990.
During his career, Santo played for the National League in the All-Star game nine times. He batted .277 during his career with a total of 342 home runs, and 1,331 RBI.