Matt Shepard was let go yesterday by Bally Sports Detroit. He was the Tigers play-by-play announcer for five years. While fans generally were not too keen on him as an announcer, most people can agree that he's a good person.
Supposedly the Tigers are going to shoot for the moon in trying to find Shepard's replacement. This got us thinking, who would be some dream candidiates to fill this job?
With the help of some crowdsourcing on our X (Twitter) page, we came up with a few names, while pretty unrealistic, that we'd love to see become the next TV voice of the Detroit Tigers.
One disclaimer before we begin: Dan Dickerson will NOT be on this list. He has said many times that he likes it on the radio and does not have interest in moving to TV. Plus, he's one of the best radio guys out there. Why mess with a good thing?
With that out of the way,
Here are four dream candidates to be the next play-by-play announcer for the Detroit Tigers
Davis is a Michigan native and is widely considered to be one of the best broadcasters around right now. He'll turn 36 in December, so he's very young for an announcer.
He's currently the play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was hired to take the place of the legendary Vin Scully. That's how highly thought of he is.
He also does some national stuff, including both college and NFL football for FOX, as well as the World Series. He's very, very good, and would be a fantastic get if the Tigers could land him.
The problem is they'd have to pay him a lot of money, and I mean A LOT. He's said how much he loves calling Dodgers games. Plus, they'd likely have to get a temporary fill-in guy for when football season starts.
Davis grew up in Potterville, Michigan, which is in the Lansing area. Would he give up doing a job he loves if he meant coming back home? It doesn't seem likely, but you know what they say, money talks.