Detroit Tigers: Bally Sports Detroit makes sweeping changes to broadcast booth
The Detroit Tigers' TV booth will look a lot different in 2023
Detroit Tigers fans have loathed the TV broadcast booth for a few years now. Ever since the infamous chair incident between longtime broadcast partners Mario Impemba and Rod Allen, the combination of Matt Shepard and the rotating cast of characters they would put alongside him have never really vibed with most Tigers fans. Bally Sports Detroit is looking to change that this season.
Cameron Maybin and Todd Jones will be added to the BSD team as TV analysts for the 2023 season. This comes after the annoucement that Jack Morris would not return last month and that Craig Monroe would receive more airtime. Monroe will now be the primary color commentator alongside Shepard, who will return for the 2023 season.
Maybin and Jones, of course, are both former Tigers and were teammates during the 2007 season before Maybin was traded to the Marlins as part of the Miguel Cabrera trade. Maybin played for the Detroit Tigers on three separate occasions, coming back in 2016 and 2020. You could say this is his fourth stint with the team.
This is certainly an upgrade for the broadcast booth. Monroe is a solid analyst. Maybin received rave reviews for his time in the Yankees' broadcast booth with YES Network. Jones is a good talker, which should serve him well as an analyst.
Additionally, Kirk Gibson and Dan Petry will still be around. Petry will take C-Mo's old role as more of a pre/postgame analyst. Gibson will still have a pretty limited role due to his battle with Parkinson's disease.
These are all nice additions to the broadcast team. It'll be nice to see some fresh faces and hear some fresh voices. The on-field product probably won't be very fun to watch, so anything to increase the entertainment value of the broadcast will be certainly be welcome.