According to a report from Lynn Henning of the Detroit News, Mario Impemba and Rod Allen have been replaced.
Henning is reporting that Matt Shepard will replace Impemba as the Detroit Tigers play-by-play man on Fox Sports Detroit while Kirk Gibson and Jack Morris will be analysts.
Matt Shepard wins Tigers TV play-by-play job as FSD and Tigers decide to stick with the man who filled in for Mario Impemba. Gibson and Morris will be analysts. Dan Petry will assist Craig Monroe in pre- and post-game stints.
— Lynn G. Henning (@Lynn_Henning) January 15, 2019
From Detroit News:
Matt Shepard will be introduced Tuesday as FSD’s play-by-play choice to replace Mario Impemba, who along with Rod Allen, was discharged after the two men tussled following a Sept. 4 Tigers broadcast in Chicago.
The move was confirmed by sources with knowledge of the agreement who requested anonymity because of the search’s highly sensitive nature.
Nation, how do you feel about this hire?
Rod Allen gives details about ‘choking’ incident involving Mario Impemba
When the Detroit Tigers take the field this coming season, they will be doing so in the same stadium and the same uniform as they wore a year ago. In fact, other than some new faces on the team, not much will be different for the Tigers in 2019.
But for those of us watching at home on Fox Sports Detroit, there will be a big change as neither Rod Allen nor Mario Impemba will be calling the games.
As you know by now, Mario and Rod were both fired by FSD following an alleged altercation that took place between the two after a game against the White Sox late in the season. According to some reports, it began over a dispute over a chair and ended with Rod ‘choking’ Mario.
Since the incident, neither has spoken about what took place, until now.
The first to speak out publically is Rod Allen, who did an exclusive sit down interview with Free Press columnist Carol Cain on the “Michigan Matters” show on Sunday morning on WWJ-TV (Ch. 62).
In the interview, Allen was asked about what happened on the night that ended up costing him and Impemba their jobs.