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Mario Impemba and Rod Allen won’t return as Tigers’ broadcasters

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Last month, Fox Sports Detroit broadcasters Mario Impemba and Rod Allen got into a physical altercation. The two had a disagreement over a chair in the broadcast booth. Impemba left the booth and Allen went after him, choking him from behind.

Both Impemba and Allen were flown home separately after the incident and neither was allowed to return to the broadcast booth for the remainder of the regular season. We have now learned, per Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, that Fox Sports Detroit will not bring them back next year.

Impemba had been calling Tigers games as the play-by-play man since 2002. Allen served as the color commentator since 2003.

Matt Shepard and Kirk Gibson got the call-up, so to speak, when Impemba and Allen were eschewed and figure to be the favorites to handle the post next season.

Kyle Seager is in The Best Shape of His Life

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Kyle Seager had the worst year of his big league career in 2018. He hit .221/.273/.400 (86 OPS+) and saw his home run total decline for the second straight year. In response, Seager has reported back to camp in Peoria . . . in the best shape of his life.

This story about it in the Seattle Times has it all: the poor production and nagging injuries that led to a change of habits in the offseason. A new diet, new exercise routines, a focus on flexibility, the epiphany that an injury was the result of conditioning and, as the payoff, the scene on the first day of workouts when his uniform was too baggy and he had to get a new one.

The proof, of course, will not come from the eating, but in the production.