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Keith Moreland, a former 12-year MLB veteran and distinguished member of the College World Series All-Decade Team, joined ESPN in 2004 as a college baseball analyst, contributing to the network’s postseason coverage.
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Prior to his role at ESPN, Moreland served as a color analyst for his alma mater’s KVET radio broadcasts of Texas Longhorn football and baseball games. Additionally, he spent three seasons (2011-2013) as the full-time radio color analyst for the Chicago Cubs on WGN-AM and the Cubs Radio Network.
During his MLB career from 1978 to 1989, Moreland showcased his versatility by playing multiple positions including outfielder, catcher, and infielder. He represented five different teams throughout his career, concluding his final year with the Detroit Tigers and the Baltimore Orioles. Before that, he played for the San Diego Padres in 1988, the Chicago Cubs from 1982 to 1987, and the Philadelphia Phillies from 1978 to 1981. Notably, in 1985 with the Cubs, he boasted a batting average of .307 with 14 home runs and 106 RBIs. In 1987, he hit 27 home runs with 88 RBIs. Moreland was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the seventh round of the 1975 MLB Draft.
Following his retirement from baseball, Moreland obtained his degree from the University of Texas at Austin. While at Texas, he excelled as a baseball player and also spent two years (1972 and 1974) playing football. Moreland’s accomplishments as a three-time All-American baseball player for the Longhorns included leading the team to three consecutive NCAA College World Series berths. In 1975, he served as co-captain of the national championship team, which boasted an impressive record of 56-6. Moreland’s outstanding performances in the College World Series earned him a spot on the All-Decade Team of the 1970s, with a total of 25 hits, the second-highest in the history of the tournament.
Hailing from Carrollton, Texas, Moreland has received numerous accolades throughout his career. He was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009, the Texas Longhorn Hall of Honor in 1985, and in 2010, his Longhorn No. 3 jersey was retired, honoring his remarkable contributions to the University of Texas baseball program.