Rumor that Detroit Tigers have Mario Impemba’s replacement is quickly squashed

It took one single tweet to get everyone talking.

On Saturday afternoon, New York Mets play-by-play man Josh Lewin tweeted the message shown above and there was immediate speculation that he was heading back to his old stomping grounds in Detroit.

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Lewin, of course, was the Detroit Tigers play-by-play man from 1998-2001 before being replaced by Mario Impemba. It seemed logical that Lewin, if available, would be considered as a candidate to replace Impemba, who was fired this past season after an altercation with his then partner in the booth, Rod Allen.

But, that rumor was quickly put to rest by Lynne Henning of The Detroit News.

Henning put out a piece on Sunday which quickly squashed any rumors floating around that Lewin had a deal worked out with the Tigers or that he was even being considered to replace Impemba.

A one-time Tigers television play-by-play anchor is taking a new job in 2019, but it will not be in Detroit.

Josh Lewin, who was Fox Sports Detroit’s play-by-play regular from 1998-2001, last week departed his job as Mets radio voice and is expected within days to be announced to a similar post, likely on the West Coast.

Lewin would not talk specifically Saturday about his new job as contract talks are finalized. But he is not, he said, a contender for FSD’s play-by-play spot, which opened in September when Mario Impemba’s tenure ended following an altercation in Chicago with analyst Rod Allen.”

According to Henning, the Tigers are expected to announce Impemba’s replacement in the booth sometime in the next couple of months.

“The Tigers and FSD are staying quiet about contenders during a search that from all indications has been wide — and wide-open.

A final decision is expected perhaps in late December, or early in January.”

Nation, what do you think? Who would you like to see the Detroit Tigers hire to replace Mario Impemba?


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