Keith Moreland joins Cubs radio booth

Former Chicago Cubs stalwart Keith Moreland will be the team's new radio color analyst, replacing Ron Santo, who died in December.

Moreland, who had been the color analyst for Texas football and baseball, signed a three-year contract to join play-by-play man Pat Hughes.

"Yeah, I'd like to do it as long as Ron did, if that';s possible," Moreland said. "Chicago is much like Texas, my home. It was a pretty easy decision to make. I know sometime in the future we're going to win a World Series, and I want to be there."

Moreland spent six of his 12 major league seasons with the Cubs, from 1982-87. He was a key part of the Cubs' 1984 division champs.

"We're thrilled that Keith is returning to a full-time role within the Cubs family," Cubs president Crane Kenney said in a statement. "Keith was a popular player for six seasons with the Cubs and has maintained close ties with us since his retirement as a player with guest spots in our broadcast booths and appearances at our conventions. Keith will display the same passion, instincts and knowledge for the game during our WGN radio broadcasts as he did on the field."

Moreland also played for Philadelphia, where he was part of the 1980 world champs.

"I enjoyed spending time with him briefly this year. I enjoyed watching him as a kid," joked Cubs manager Mike Quade, who is just five years younger than Moreland. "Good for him. I think so much of Pat. I'm sure they will be a real good team."

Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.