The Detroit Tigers have announced their full announcing lineup on both the television and radio side of things. Of course, the headliner here is new TV play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti, who Tigers fans are still pumped to have around.
Alongside him this season will be some familiar faces. Craig Monroe will return as the lead analyst, and will call the majority of games this season with Benetti. Dan Petry, Kirk Gibson, and Todd Jones will also return.
There is one new face added to this year's crew. Former Tiger and MLB Network analyst Carlos Pena will join the crew this year as an analyst. Pena spent parts of four seasons with the Tigers.
On the radio side, Dan Dickerson returns for his 25th season. Fantastic. Everyone loves Dickerson, and rightfully so. We're so lucky to have him in Detroit. He's one of the best to ever do it. But there is one slight change this season.
Benetti also does have national PBP work for FOX, so he'll need to honor those committments throughout the season. So when that happens, Dickerson will transition to the TV booth. How awesome is that? In the event you catch a game where Benetti isn't there, you get Dickerson. Talk about an upgrade.
When Dickerson has to move to TV, Erie SeaWolves PBP man Greg Gania will fill in for him on the radio. Gania is great. If you recall, he called the Tigers combined no-hitter against the Blue Jays last season, and did a fine job.
Joining Dickerson and Gania as color analysts will be Bobby Scales, who will call roughly half the games this season, Andy Dirks, who will call roughly half of Tigers home games, and Daniella Bruce will return as the broadcast reporter.
Wow. what an upgrade for the TV booth. No disrespect to Matt Shepard as a person, but he just wasn't a good baseball announcer. He called some of the high school football state championship games last November, and that was just a much better fit for him.
But to not only have Benetti for most of the games, and have Dickerson for when he's not available? We are truly about to be spoiled as Tigers fans.
Tigers fans are actually going to look forward to the broadcast on Bally Sports Detroit for once. No longer will fans feel the need to mute their TVs and put the radio feed on instead (although some fans may still do that, just because Dickerson is that good). Regardless of team performance this season, it won't be a chore to watch this team in 2024 and beyond.