Ron Coomer

Ron Coomer

Ron Coomer
First baseman / Third baseman
Born: (1966-11-18) November 18, 1966
Crest Hill, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 1, 1995, for the Minnesota Twins
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 2003, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
MLB statistics
Batting average .274
Home runs 92
Runs batted in 449
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Ronald Bryan "Coom Dawg" Coomer (born November 18, 1966) is a former first baseman and third baseman in Major League Baseball and the current color analyst and play-by-play broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs radio on WBBM 780. Ron had a 9-year career from 1995 to 2003 playing for the Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was elected to the American League All-Star team in 1999 with the Twins.

During his baseball career he opened up a baseball facility in Orland Park, Illinois, called C.F. Swingtown Baseball Academy, now owned by a different group.[1]

Contents

  • Baseball career 1
  • Broadcasting 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Baseball career

Coomer was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 14th round of the 1987 amateur draft. After one season he was released by the A's. He was signed by the Chicago White Sox on March 18, 1991. On July 31, 1995 he was traded to the LA Dodgers for Isidro Marquez. After two seasons in their minor division Coomer was traded to the Minnesota Twins with Greg Hansell and Jose Parra for Mark Guthrie and Kevin Tapani.[2]

Coomer spent five seasons with the Twins, with whom he made the All-Star team in 1999. After the emergence of third baseman Corey Koskie, Coomer began to lose playing time. In his last year as a Twin, 2000, Koskie started the majority of the games at third and Coomer was shifted to first base.

After being granted free agency, Coomer signed a contract with the Chicago Cubs. He hit .261/.316/.390 in his only year in Chicago, and was again granted free agency.[3]

Coomer signed a one-year deal with the New York Yankees in 2002 as a reserve third baseman. He started 26 games for the Yankees at third. He returned to the Dodgers the next year, where he mainly played first base. Coomer's offensive production dipped to .240/.299/.368 and after that year he retired from baseball.[4]

Broadcasting

In 2012 and 2013, Coomer was a color analyst for Fox Sports North, the Minnesota Twins' primary television broadcaster. He also regularly appeared on KTWN-FM, the primary radio affiliate for the Minnesota Twins. On December 12, 2013, it was reported that Coomer would succeed Keith Moreland as the analyst on the Chicago Cubs Radio Network.[5] He is partnered with longtime broadcaster Pat Hughes.[6]

References

  1. ^ http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article/chc/ron-coomer-hired-as-cubs-radio-analyst-for-wgn-radio?ymd=20131213&content_id=64657456&vkey=news_chc
  2. ^ http://bleacherreport.com/articles/39438-minnesota-twins-a-look-back-ron-coomer
  3. ^ http://bleacherreport.com/articles/39438-minnesota-twins-a-look-back-ron-coomer
  4. ^ http://bleacherreport.com/articles/39438-minnesota-twins-a-look-back-ron-coomer
  5. ^ http://www.robertfeder.com/2013/12/12/coomer-scores-cubs-radio-job/. 
  6. ^ http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article/chc/ron-coomer-hired-as-cubs-radio-analyst-for-wgn-radio?ymd=20131213&content_id=64657456&vkey=news_chc

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors), or Retrosheet
  • Venezuelan Professional Baseball League statistics