If there is one thing that can be said about the Detroit Tigers so far this off-season is they continue to make headlines in a big way. It was announced by the team this morning that Jason Benetti will be the next Tigers TV play-by-play announcer.
If the name or voice is familiar, Benetti has spent the past eight seasons calling games for the Chicago White Sox with Steve Stone, as well as providing play-by-play for several sports at FOX that include MLB, college football and college basketball. You also may have heard him most recently on the MLB Sunday Leadoff on Peacock or during March Madness. At seasons end, it was announced that Matt Shepard would not be returning to the booth.
With those commitments, Benetti will call 127 Tigers games each season, with Dan Dickerson stepping in during the periods Jason is unavailable. No plans were announced if there was going add any additional broadcasters when Dickerson is on TV.
In a press statement released on the Ilitch Newshub, Benetti gave the following quote.
“I’m incredibly proud to join this historic and ascending Tigers franchise,” said Benetti. “From every single person I talked with throughout the interview process it was clear why so many respected professionals and creative people have joined the organization in the last several years. There’s something special about it, and I’m excited to bring that energy to Tigers fans around the globe. I’d also like to thank Chris Ilitch, Ryan Gustafson, Scott Harris, and everyone else I’ve met with in the last several weeks who have been so welcoming. Everyone I spent time with made it clear this was the right place for me. I was born and raised in the Midwest, and understand how important sports are, especially here in the Motor City.”
Tigers fans on social media have been so far been very enthusiastic about the hire.