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Bless You Boys Podcast 128: Mario Impemba

This week Big Al and HookSlide are joined by Mario Impemba of Fox Sports Detroit, talking all things Detroit Tigers and his life in the broadcast booth.

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Bless You Boys Podcast 128 was recorded September 12, 2014, has a running time of 70 minutes and features Al Beaton and HookSlide.

Special guest: Mario Impemba, Detroit Tigers broadcaster for Fox Sports Detroit. You can find Mario online at or on Twitter at @Mario_Impemba. His book, 'If These Walls Could Talk: Detroit Tigers: Stories from the Detroit Tigers' Dugout, Locker Room, and Press Box,' is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and bookstores everywhere. Click here to learn more about Mario's project for the troops, 'Operation Opening Day.'

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Mario Impemba interview: We cover the gamut with Mario, who is in his 13th season of doing play-by-play on Fox Sports Detroit. He tells us of some pf his favorite moments in the booth, the chemistry developed with color man Rod Allen, the criticism he receives from some for not being critical enough of the team he covers, how sabermetrics has changed broadcasting and his feelings on introducing terms such of FIP and WAR to the casual fans watching, FSD experimenting with a three-man booth featuring Jack Morris, 'jinxing' no-hitters and get his thoughts on the current status of the team and what holes need to be filled in 2015.

Tigers take 2-of-3 from the Royals: The Tigers outplayed the Royals in the first two games, before "Big Game" James Shields salvaged the series finale for Kansas City. Are you happy with the result?

Tigers' schedule: Seven games with the Twins, three each against the Indians, White Sox and Royals. The AL Central is there for the taking ... if the Tigers play to their capabilities. They are just .500 combined against the Twins, White Sox and Indians.

Pressure: Did the Royals' shoddy play in two of the three games show they were unaccustomed to playing in a pennant race? Could that be the Tigers' one big advantage over the next few weeks?

#Yosted: Is manager Ned Yost the Royals' Achilles Heel?

Joakim Soria returns: Soria made his first appearance in nearly a month in the Royals series finale. A healthy Soria could pick up the slack for a badly slumping Joba Chamberlain.

Miguel Cabrera, resurrected: Cabrera's August was awful, .252/.354/.336, a .691 OPS with one home run and ten RBI. Gimpy ankle and all, Cabrera could get the Tigers over the hump in September. He's returned to his MVP form over the past two weeks, hitting .450/.476/.900, a 1.376 OPS, five home runs and ten RBI.

Kyle Lobstein: Lobstein has been a godsend in replacing Anibal Sanchez. He's 1-0 with a 2.12 ERA in 17 innings, while the Tigers have won all three of his starts.

Victor Martinez, batting champion? Martinez is neck and neck with the Astros' Jose Altuve, who leads by an Altuve, .336 to .333.

To paraphrase Navin P. Johnson, "The new schedule is here, the new schedule is here!" The season begins at home April 6 with a three-game series against the Twins.

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis suspended: He received the hammer from MLB, suspended 25 games (including the post season) for the use of Adderall, which is considered an amphetamine.

All that, plus tangents galore!

Upcoming guests:

September 19: Rod Allen, member of the 1984 Tigers, color analyst for Fox Sports Detroit.
September 26: Dan Dickerson, Tigers radio play-by-play man.

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