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Thursday Headlines: Radio Job Speculation Runs Rampant

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With little going on before Christmas, Paul Sullivan took the time yesterday to write about the search for the new WGN radio color man. First, the WGN radio sports director talked about the awkwardness of having to search for a replacement so soon after Ron Santo's death.
"We wanted to do this as respectfully as we could," WGN-AM 720 sports director Dave Eanet said.

"It's not something we wanted to plunge right into. But we're not too far from spring training and there is a vacant seat in the booth. Having said that, we know we're not going to replace Ron Santo."
The first list of candidates is pretty much the same one we've already seen.

Several ex-Cubs-turned-analysts fill the bill, including Mark Grace, Rick Sutcliffe, Dan Plesac, Eric Karros, Gary Matthews and Mitch Williams.

Eanet said the list of candidates will include those who have filled in for Santo in the past, but declined to address speculation on rumored candidates. Dave Otto and Keith Moreland, both of whom filled in for Santo during his absences the last few years, will be interviewed.


But then Sully throws out a couple names I hadn't seen mentioned in print yet. 

Comcast Sports Net analyst Todd Hollandsworth and ESPN's Doug Glanville, both former Cubs who have become in-studio analysts, are likely to get interviews as well.

Sully rounds out his column by telling us not to expect Steve Stone or Lou Piniella to take the gig. I'm not sure that any of us were expecting that, but a slack-jaw somewhere probably was.

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Teebob2000 said:

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Please not Otto... could get used to Zonk, tho' not my favorite. I don't hear too much insight or useful analysis from him, just home-y observations and quips (this coming from a guy who loved Ronnie). Sutcliffe, Plesac, Glanville, Karros OK. I'd LOVE Mitch Williams, he's a freaking wildcard. He's a lot of fun on MLB Network.

gravedigger said:

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I love Glanville. That would be great.

berselius said:

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Seconded - if they can get Glanville that would be beyond awesome.

gravedigger said:

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BTW, I replied to your last comment in yesterday's thread. I wouldn't usually go out of my way to point that out, but my previous drunken comment needed clarification because I looked like kind of a dumbass.

Doc said:

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I'm fairly sure Glanville won't give up his gig as President of the World.

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gravedigger said:

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This is getting out of control.

Doc said:

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You're getting out of control.

gravedigger said:

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I've been out of control

Doc said:

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Pat and Zonk
Pat and Dave
Pat and Gracie
Pat and Dougie
Pat and Eric
Pat and Dan
Pat and Rick
Pat and Mitch

Pat and Doc!

FrankS said:

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Pat and Jennie!

plamorte said:

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Pat and Pat!

Doc said:

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Actually...I think you have it, Pat. Just think of the great promotional possibilities with that.

If you choose to apply for the job, then I will withdraw my name from consideration.

flyball said:

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Pat and Mike

jarowcliffe said:

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I would have to say that the only one I am fully against is Plesac...he drove me insane on Comcast!

gravedigger said:

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Agree. I'd like Julie to join in here, as she had some classic anger issues with Plesac.

jarowcliffe said:

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I wanted to take that Cubs hat off and smack him with it! He drones on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on, then he takes a breath and starts again, the whole point of the story was that 32% sand mix is better for the infield than a 34%.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Dumbest. Analyst. Ever.

Doc said:

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I found that interesting.

FrankS said:

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Just out of curiosity, are there any women currently doing color or play-by-play broadcasts? I'll throw a name into the mix from out of left field, or rather from the pitching slab: Jennie Finch

I have no idea if she'd be interested, but she's smart and personable. She has local ties having played for the Bandits. She has national name recognition from collegiate and Olympic softball careers. And she is absolutely smoking hot. Maybe it would be better if she replaced Brenly on the TV broadcasts?

sloan peterson said:

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I think the word you are looking for is "No!"

sloan peterson said:

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Um, did you see the Apprentice show Jennie Finch was on? She did not work with either team, complained a lot, and tried to do as little as possible. I previously mentioned Mitch Williams, he and Plesac(whom I call Maalox Boy) have actually begun to be good at analyzing baseball games. Also, Sutcliffe, when he wants to, also has good insight as well. Plus, if you get Jennie Finch, we will have the PC police leaning over every word about her, watching out for slights.....

FrankS said:

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I would almost rather die than view even a minute of The Donald on television. So obviously I did not see her on The Apprentice. Reality television isn't necessarily real either. Directors can make a person look good or bad very easily.

Doc said:

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Currently, the only woman that I know of doing color commentary is Suzyn Waldman who I consider is one of the most painful people to listen to in baseball.

I have no problem with a female doing color, but Waldman brings nothing more than a sports talk radio mentality to the booth without any true baseball on-field experience. Jennie Finch is probably the most qualified female in that department and might fit in well, but I'm still not convinced that she has enough knowledge of the major leagues. In fact, she might have even less insight than someone like Waldman, who has reported on baseball for years.

That being said, unless it's Julie, I don't see any other woman that would fit as a Cubs color commentator...except Scarlett Johansson.

FrankS said:

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Since we haven't heard from Julie this morning, perhaps she is interviewing for the job at this very moment. As for Scarlett, I wouldn't guess she'd have the time seeing as how she will soon be single again and having that terrific film career.

Hey, I'll offer another name for joking consideration. How about Bill Murray? That's an easy segue from Scarlett since they did a movie together. And Bill is a lifelong Cubs fan. I don't quite get the living in New York thing though. And Bill could continue the tradition of polarizing the fan base because just like Santo, some people love him and some people detest him.

Teebob2000 said:

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Ummm... I'd give Julie a week tops before she refers to either Hendry or a Ricketts as "idiot" which wouldn't end well...

JulieDiCaro said:

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Ha. I'd give me about 30 seconds.

But maybe we need more honesty in the booth?

Teebob2000 said:

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I was putting a little more faith in your ability to self-censor... my bad...

JulieDiCaro said:

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that doesn't sound like all that much fun.

sloan peterson said:

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I don't know if he has the time,but a one-off with Bill Murray could be classic. I still remember him taunting the other team with "Are you still beating your wife?"

plamorte said:

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How about Pat and Eddie Vedder? Happy 46th birthday to him!

Doc said:

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Um...I find that depressing...not Pat and Eddie...but the fact the Eddie Vedder is 46 years old.

FrankS said:

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It's only depressing because it makes us realize how much older we are getting ourselves. Just wait until you start checking the obits to see whether the people were older or younger than your own age. I'm now at the age where it isn't a rarity for some to be younger than me. Scary stuff.

sloan peterson said:

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The only comforting thing about getting older, is that Madonna is still older than me & looks it....:)

FrankS said:

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Madonna is older than me too, but just barely. Unfortunately, I look older.

sloan peterson said:

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Thank god you did not say Pat and Billy Corgan...

JulieDiCaro said:

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i will never understand what people see in Dan Plesac. I think he's vapid, boring, and struggles with the English language.

Doc said:

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He doesn't bother me as much as Dave Otto.

gravedigger said:

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WHAT ABOUT JUDD SIROTT?

Doc said:

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Stop...just stop.

JulieDiCaro said:

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WHAT?? SPEAK UP???

FWIW, I've been assured by one person at WGN that Judd is not in the running.

Doc said:

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Just saying his name gives me fears that they'll pick him.

I trust Julie's sources, though. I'm not sure why...but I do.

Edelweiss said:

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How about Ronny WooWoo?

sloan peterson said:

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Which puts him ahead of the 2 clowns who do radio for the Dodgers, and the tv/radio clowns for the Angels..:)Actually I see Plesac only on MLB, and the occasional game, so I have not been fully impacted by his vapidness...

Teebob2000 said:

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My only experience with him is on MLB Network and he has good analysis. That being said, anytime they mention Sandoval of SF he feels obliged to do this horrific "HIIIIIIIII-YA!!" mock kung fu cry.

Y'know what? I guess I hate him after all...

jarowcliffe said:

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This is what I'm talking about!

Teebob2000 said:

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OK, FINE!!!

But you're still wrong about Grace... :-)

jarowcliffe said:

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Plesac knows what he is talking about he just doesnt know how to convey it to an audience...and he is the cheesiest person in the world...he thinks he is funny and tries really really hard to be but just cant do it. Its hard to watch...

I admit I am a Grace homer, he has always been my favorite Cub, I'm not sure when it started but it has always stuck...he can do no wrong!

Teebob2000 said:

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The one game that swore me off Grace forever was when the D'backs introduced new a rooting section in the outfield for Justin Upton called "Uptown." (Sort of like the LAD and "Mannywood.")

Grace spent the first 3 innings (that was all I could stomach) saying over and over and over and over, "UUUUUUUUUP-TOWN!!!" in various contexts. Like when Upton came up to bat, he'd say, "I hope he hits one to "UUUUUUUUUP-TOWN!!!" Or Upton would catch the 3rd out on a flyball and Grace would say, "hey, throw it to the folks in "UUUUUUUUUP-TOWN!!!"

Fucking painful.

jarowcliffe said:

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This has me thinking about the Cardinals radio team...Im from central Illinois so I can usually pick up a Cards broadcast better than WGN so when they play, I will listen to the Cards one...Mike Shannon is the color guy for them, we have been very lucky to have a guy with the talent and skills as Ronnie compared to Shannon. Unbelievably awful!

Doc said:

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Dennis Miller.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Last night, I discovered Angry Birds. This morning, I fee more rage than I ever have in my life.

Doc said:

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I saw you posted that on Twitter...and I have no idea what you are talking about.

Teebob2000 said:

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HA!! Prepare to lose countless hours of your life. Look for Angry Birds Seasons, too...

Dmband said:

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happy festivus everyone.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Festivus begins with the airing of the grievances, and ends when someone pins me.

let's go.

Doc said:

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I'm fairly sure I can't pin you.

And if you are expecting me to understand some Seinfeld reference out of what you said, no dice.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Did you just call me "fat?"

Doc said:

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No...I'm combining the fact that I'm a wimp with the fact that you are much tougher than the average guy (from what I can tell).

JulieDiCaro said:

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(narrows eyes)

i'm a delicate flower.

Doc said:

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I'm much more delicate. (This is going to come back to haunt me.)

jarowcliffe said:

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I got a lot of problems with you PEOPLE!!

FrankS said:

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Pin? As in wrestling or as in the giving of jewelry?

spectorisanut said:

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Jim Belushi?

Doc said:

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jarowcliffe said:

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He would add a "badass" factor to this team

jtbwriter said:

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Afternoon from "it's not raining!" So Cal...
I think Rick Sutcliffe would play well with Pat-anyone who makes Sloan Peterson happy and is willing to take on Tommy Lasorda would make good radio!

JulieDiCaro said:

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it's NOT raining? It's a Christmas Miracle.

berselius said:

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Well, a Christmas Eve Eve Miracle at least

gidard said:

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julie's radiant & ravishing red hair would go to waste on radio. len or bob- one of you need to go to the other booth.

JulieDiCaro said:

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LOL--awwwwww!

See how nice new people are to me, you guys?

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