Detroit Tigers fans will not hear Jack Morris' voice during TV broadcasts in 2023.
Ever since the infamous chair incident between Mario Impemba and Rod Allen late in the 2018 season, Detroit Tigers fans have been longing for a good duo in the broadcast booth. It's safe to say that Matt Shepard and the cast of characters they put next to him on Bally Sports Detroit aren't very popular amongst most of the fanbase. But one of those characters won't be around this upcoming season.
Chris McCosky of The Detroit News has reported that Jack Morris will not be part of the broadcast booth in 2023, ending his four-year run as an analyst. Craig Monroe will take his place.
Of all the analysts that have been calling games alongside Shepard (Monroe, Kirk Gibson, Dan Petry, etc.), Morris seemed to be the most unpopular amongst Tigers fans. They didn't like his analysis, his general demeanor, or some of the comments he would make on air.
There have been a few instances where he caused an uproar, but the most obvious example is when he used an accent during a game against the Angels in 2021 when Shohei Ohtani was coming up to bat. The accent was viewed as racist by many. Bally Sports Detroit suspended him for a few weeks, forced him to go through racial sensitivity training, and he returned to the booth after that.
It's not clear whether this was a mutual parting, Morris is leaving on his own, or if Bally Sports is kicking him out the door. Either way, Detroit Tigers fans will be hearing a lot more from C-Mo in 2023.
As of right now, Shepard will still be the Tigers play-by-play announcer for 2023, though that could still change. This is usually the time of year when we hear about changes to the broadcast booth, so it's not surprising we're hearing this news today.