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The Voice of the Turtle, Episode 21: Catching up with Dan Dickerson

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Rob and HookSlide are joined by Tigers radio announcer Dan Dickerson as they preview the Tigers' 2016 season and throw in a few prop bets along the way.

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The end of darkness is almost here. We are two days away from the Detroit Tigers' first spring training workouts in Lakeland, Florida, and less than two weeks away from hearing Tigers radio announcer Dan Dickerson back on the airwaves!

Rob and HookSlide couldn't wait that long, however, so they brought Dan on The Voice of the Turtle to help preview the Tigers' season. Topics range frrom the team's chances at contention to their best moves of the offseason to how the front office has changed under Al Avila. Believe us: this is one interview you don't want to miss!

There is always more to talk about, though. Before talking to Dan, Rob and HookSlide take an in-depth look at the Tigers' roster and how it compares to all those computer-generated projections that seem to be so down on the the Tigers' chances this season. They also make their Tiger-centric predictions for the upcoming season, and add in a few prop bets along the way.

Topics in this week's episode include:
  • PECOTA projections and whether we should ignore them entirely
  • Miguel Cabrera: he's really good
  • "Can he stay healthy?" is the Tigers' 2016 motto
  • Role players that need to step forward this season
  • Justin Verlander: staff ace or Hall of Famer?
  • Jordan Zimmermann's transition from the National League
  • Upgrading bullpen expectations from impossibly low standards
  • The most important prop bets ever
  • Listener questions!
  • The Tigers' Baserunning Way
  • Dan Dickerson previews the 2016 Tigers

2:13 - Rounding the Bases: boooo, projection systems!

34:45 - Warming in the Pen: armed and dangerous?

1:01:42 - High and Tight: predictions galore

1:20:51 - Into the Mob Scene at Home: worst-case scenario

1:41:08 - The 7th Inning Kvetch: Dan Dickerson

Once again, a huge thank you goes out to Dan Dickerson for taking the time to chat about the Tigers with us. He's one of our favorite guests to have on the show and we're always very thankful when he can break away his busy schedule to appear on the podcast. He and his partner, Jim Price, will broadcast their first game of the year on March 1 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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