Last season former Tigers pitcher Jack Morris spent about a week with Mario Impemba and Rod Allen in the booth as part of a three-man rotation that FOX Sports Detroit was trying out to gauge its success.
It was met with mixed reviews by Tigers fans, but not so much that FSD ditched the idea of bringing in fresh faces altogether. For anyone who looks forward to the usual faces of Impemba and Allen, however, things are going to be a little different in 2015.
While Impemba will continue to provide play-by-play for every Tigers game, fans are going to see less of Allen as FSD switches to a rotation of three analysts in lieu of the mainstay Impemba-Allen combo that fans are used to seeing.
"It was so great to be back in Detroit for the six games last season," Morris said in an FSD press release. "The fans in Detroit have always been incredible."
Former MLB outfielder and manager Kirk Gibson will join Morris as they alternate broadcasts with Allen, keeping the two-man booth intact. Entering the new season, the broadcast will feature a different analyst each game, with Morris and Gibson going on the road for away games.
At some point there remains the possibility for a three-man rotation, but at the moment the two-man booth will remain intact.
"I'm looking forward to getting back in the booth this season," Gibson said. "I'm excited to offer some insights as both a player and manager on such a talented team and organization as the Detroit Tigers."
Currently, Morris a pregame color analyst and game analyst for the Minnesota Twins telecasts on FOX Sports North. He recently worked as an analyst for MLB broadcasts on FOX Sports 1 as well.
FSD will broadcast six games during spring training, two of which will be from other productions (March 25, 26, 30, and April 3). FSD will air a broadcast by FS-South on March 22, as well as a Sun Sports production on April 4.