MLK III is not really leading any investor group for the Mets

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From the Daily News we learn that, for all of the weekend hubub, Martin Luther King III’s role in any potential Mets investor group would be quite limited:

The son of the slain civil rights leader said reports that he is leading a group to buy a share of the Mets have been greatly exaggerated … King said he may indeed join a group of investors interested in the Mets, but he made it clear that he is not leading the effort and Monday, King’s potential partners were already downplaying his involvement in a group that hopes to buy 50% or more of the franchise.

[Larry] Meli told the Daily News that King might be the face of the group, but he won’t be the wallet. “He’s not a deep-pocket financial guy,” said Meli, a television executive. “In his mind, he’s not even the lead guy. But given his reputation and legacy, his name has percolated to the surface.”

At the risk of me being even more cynical than I typically am, I’m inclined to believe that whoever is the wallet of the this alleged investors’ group is using King’s name for press and gravitas.

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.