Rooting for Brett Myers

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Brett Myers may want to “stick it” to the Phillies, and most Phillies fans will probably boo the living hell out of the guy because of it, but don’t count Bill Baer from Crashburn Alley in that crowd:

I don’t have a problem with what Myers said. In fact, I like it and we
should expect no less from a player as competitive as him. And I’ll be
honest: I’ll be rooting for the guy when he’s not pitching against the
Phillies.

Bill is not willing to pass ultimate judgment on Myers based solely on the domestic abuse incident. He defends his work ethic. He thinks Myers was a good teammate, willing to move to the closer role with way less fuss than many other players make when asked to change positions and roles.

I still can’t say I’m a big Myers fan, but then again I’m not a Phillies fan either, so I’m willing to give Bill the benefit of the doubt here.

Matt Shepard to be the Tigers new full-time play-by-play guy

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Fox Sports Detroit has named Matt Shepard their new full-time play-by-play guy for Tigers games. Shepard will work with analysts Jack Morris and Kirk Gibson, who will split time.

This is the move in response to former longtime announcers Mario Impemba and Rod Allen getting suspended and later fired following an in-booth altercation in Chicago last September. The two of them, who weren’t exactly friends, reportedly fought over a chair, with conflicting reports of how serious the fight was. An anonymous witness said Allen put Impemba in a choke hold. Allen recently gave an interview in which he denied that and said it was only some pushing and shoving. Either way, it ended their 16-year team-up for Tigers games.

Shepard has worked for Fox Sports Detroit for nearly 20 years, doing fill-in play-by-play for the Tigers — he replaced Impemba for the last few weeks of last season — and for Detroit Pistons games. Gibson has been a part time analyst for the network for the past couple of seasons, splitting time with Allen. Morris has done Tigers, Blue Jays and Twins games over the years, sometimes even splitting time between the Twins and Tigers, which is rather unusual.

Shepard is pretty good at his job. While Tigers fans liked and were familiar with Impemba, there won’t be a falloff in quality. Gibson makes some good analytical points and has a surprisingly sharp and biting sense of humor about him, but his gruff and monotone delivery is not everyone’s cup of tea. You get used to it. Morris is not my cup of tea — he tends to do a lot of the “back in my day” stuff former players often do — but I’m pretty sure he could recite the dictionary on TV in Detroit and a lot of Tigers fans would tune in. Such is life.