Detroit tigers broadcasters 2020

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A member of the Tigers 1968 World Series Champions, Jim Price begins his 28th season overall on Tigers broadcasts and his 22nd full season on the Tigers Radio Network.

• Originally joined Frank Beckmann on the Tigers radio broadcasts in June, 1998...had spent the first part of that season as a feature reporter on Bally Sports Detroit's pre-game and “Tigers Weekly” programs.

• Began his Tigers broadcasting career on PASS cable telecasts in 1993, serving as play-by-play announcer...broadcast Tigers games on cable for five seasons.

• Was also the third man in the booth during the Tigers over-the-air broadcasts on WKBD-TV from 1995-97...filled in for a handful of games as play-by-play announcer in 1997.

• Other broadcast credits include work as play-by-play man on Chicago White Sox cable telecasts, color commentary for ESPN college baseball and anchoring weekend sports on Detroit’s WJBK-TV.

• Assisted in the Tigers front office efforts, focusing on baseball participation camps...joined the organization in 1992 as the Director of Community Relations.

• Played five Major League seasons, all with the Tigers...played 64 games, 42 of them at catcher, for the 1968 team that defeated St. Louis in the Fall Classic.

• Had his contract purchased by the Tigers in April of 1967 after seven Minor League seasons with the Pirates.

• Named Minor League Player of the Year in 1963 while with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

• A native of Harrisburg, PA, he was a three-sport star at Hershey (PA) High School...refused a number of college football scholarship offers to sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1960.

• Inducted into the Kinston (NC) Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995, the Hershey High School Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Central Pennsylvania Hall of Fame in 2008.

• He and his wife, Lisa, founded a not-for-profit foundation called JACK’S PLACE For Autism in October of 2002 to benefit children with autism...the foundation, named after their son who was diagnosed with autism, works to provide services for individuals and families affected by the neurological disorder.

• Because of the tremendous community and corporate support, the foundation’s five-year plan was reached in a little over a year...JACK’S PLACE For Autism partnered with Oakland University in Rochester, MI from 2004-08... JACK’S PLACE began to deliver programming and services to individuals and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, including soccer, basketball, swimming, baseball, arts and theater...programs also included family counseling, sibling groups, social skills groups, seminars and training sessions for parents, caregivers, physicians, teachers and counselors...To date over 11,000 children and adults throughout the State of Michigan have participated in JACK’S PLACE programs now delivered from Southfield, MI, and with many partners including The YMCA , Indian Trails Camp, Easter Seals and Center for Exceptional Families, ARC of Macomb to name just a few. JACK’S PLACE continues to develop a facility that will house “Quality of Life” programming and a long-term living environment, the first of its kind in the country...the Detroit Tigers in partnership with JACK’S PLACE host one of the longest running Autism Awareness Days in MLB. The Prices have also been honored to be the recipients of the Alvin Foon Humanitarian Award presented by the Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation and Spirit of St. Nicholas Award presented by the St. Nicholas Institute.


Dan Hasty gets call up of a lifetime to Detroit Tigers booth. He has Ernie Harwell to thank

When Dan Hasty woke up Sunday morning, he expected to spend the day with his eight-month-old daughter, Josie. His wife, Angelina, was treating COVID-19 patients in the emergency room at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in downtown Grand Rapids. 

Hasty planned an early morning workout before watching VeggieTales, a Christian television series for children, with his daughter for the remainder of the late morning and early afternoon.

One missed phone call from Detroit Tigers director of broadcasting Stan Fracker altered his schedule and completed a lifelong dream. Fracker left him a voicemail and followed up with an 11 a.m. text message: "Hey, can you call me as soon as possible?"

"My next thought was, 'Oh, is this the call?' " Hasty, 35, told the Free Press on Monday. "I can confidently tell you that it did not take me five minutes to call him back."

Bally Sports Detroit learned Sunday morning television play-by-play broadcaster Matt Shepard got sick and had to miss the series finale against the Oakland Athletics in California. Longtime radio play-by-play broadcaster Dan Dickerson shifted to television coverage in Shepard's absence. 

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West Michigan Whitecaps play-by-play broadcaster Dan Hasty got called up to pinch-hit for Dan Dickerson on the Detroit Tigers' radio broadcast Sunday, April 18, 2021.

Roughly five hours ahead of first pitch, the Tigers asked Hasty — a 2004 graduate of Sterling Heights Stevenson, a 2008 Central Michigan graduate and the Tigers' High-A West Michigan Whitecaps play-by-play broadcaster since 2015 — to travel from Grand Rapids to Detroit, where he remotely called his first MLB game on the radio from an empty Comerica Park alongside color analyst Jim Price.

It was the completion of a goal Hasty set in high school.

"I just remember thinking on the way to the ballpark that even though I hadn't necessarily prepped that day, I had been prepping for what happened yesterday for 20 years," Hasty said. "I mean, everything I had done was to get to that point, have that moment and leave an impression."

Harwell helps Hasty

In 2003, Hasty was cut from Stevenson’s varsity baseball team as a junior. His mother, Kathy, penned a letter to the cherished Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell, who died in 2010, explaining her son's interest in broadcasting and frustration about not making the varsity squad.

Two weeks later, Hasty found a letter from Harwell in his mailbox.

Dear Daniel,

I heard that someday you might be a great baseball broadcaster. Don't mind a few setbacks now and then, just keep on keeping on.

"Really, it felt like the end of one chapter and the beginning of another," Hasty said. "When I mentioned I was thinking about this for 20 years, that's probably the day it really started."

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Ernie Harwell in the booth during the Tigers' win over the Kansas City Royals, 8-2, in the final game at Tiger Stadium on Sept. 27, 1999.

From that point, Hasty has dedicated his career to broadcasting. He believed Harwell had the "greatest job in the world." He wanted to become just like him. He began to dream about calling baseball games in Detroit.

Hasty thought about those pivotal life moments Sunday at Comerica Park, often between innings of the Tigers' 3-2 loss to the A's, concluding a 10-game road trip. He reminded himself numerous times: "This is for all the people who wanted to do the thing that I'm lucky enough to do today."

It wasn't easy for Hasty to get here, and that's why the call-up from his hometown team was more than a participation handout. There were others who could've called the game, but the Tigers picked Hasty. They know and trust him.

Hasty's resume explains. He broadcasted for the Great Lakes Loons, a Los Angeles Dodgers' affiliate, while attending college. He was the radio voice of the Traverse City Beach Bums, ex-members of the Frontier League, before joining 97.1 WXYT-FM in 2011. He served as the studio host for the Detroit Lions from 2013-15, sports anchor, producer and talk show host. 

But Hasty needed to add play-by-play to his resume. He landed in Grand Rapids, home of the Whitecaps. In 2017, he was named  Midwest League Broadcaster of the Year. 

"My goal is and continues to be a major-league broadcast role," Hasty said. "I knew I wasn't going to get the opportunity I had yesterday without more play-by-play experience. After the game Sunday, it certainly felt like a validation of that experience."

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Emotions of first game

As Hasty tossed on his headset in an empty Comerica Park, he realized Sunday's game marked his first baseball broadcast in 594 days, since Sept. 2, 2019. The Whitecaps, along with the entire minors, had their season canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19.

Because of the pandemic, the Tigers' radio broadcast isn't traveling to every road series. Like last season, they're watching some of the away games on monitors. There's an all-nine view, giving the broadcaster a look at what they would see if they were in the booth. The other monitor resembles what fans watch on television.

Hasty embraced the foreign way of doing his job as a new challenge. Dickerson called him to share some tips. Shepard contacted him, as well. 

"That just made it a lot more fun," Hasty said.

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West Michigan Whitecaps play-by-play broadcaster Dan Hasty with seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens during a broadcast July 31, 2018, at LMCU Ballpark in Comstock Park, Michigan.

Hasty's voice boomed to open the broadcast: "Sunny skies in Oakland, California. Welcome, everybody and good afternoon. It's at Oakland Coliseum, and it's Game 4, the final game of a four-game set, as the Tigers try to salvage the final game of the series with the Oakland Athletics."

When the game ended after two hours and 42 minutes, Hasty marveled at his biggest accomplishment in his young broadcasting career. He is thankful he allowed himself to soak up the experience, one he will surely never forget.

"I really thought it was important to be in the moment," Hasty said. "Too many people go through life thinking about the next thing they're going to do and not enough about where they are on that given day. It's important to focus your energy on the task you have in front of you.

"The Tigers were comfortable enough to give me a call, and that's not something I take lightly. I understand the huge responsibility. I had been waiting for that forever. I was a little nervous but a lot more excited."

Evan Petzold is a sports reporter at the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold.

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DETROIT– Bally Sports Detroit (rebranding from FOX Sports Detroit), home of the Detroit Tigers, today announced its 2021 Tigers regular-season schedule with 161 games. All games not airing exclusively on a national platform, will air on the all-new Bally Sports Detroit regional network starting with Opening Day coverage, April 1 at 12PM vs the Cleveland Indians.


Bally Sports Detroit’s broadcast of the Tigers Home Opener will also be simulcast on CBS 3 (Grand Rapids), CW 46 (Flint), FOX 2 (Detroit) and NBC 74 (Traverse City).


As previously announced, Matt Shepard will serve as the play-by-play announcer. Kirk Gibson and Jack Morris will share analyst responsibilities.


The network will continue to deliver “Tigers Live” pregame and postgame coverage, providing fans with unmatched access to the team with interviews, extended analysis, unique features and more. Led by John Keating, rotating at the host position with Mickey York throughout the season, Opening Day coverage on April 1 will feature a special one-hour “Tigers Live” pregame show ahead of first pitch. Craig Monroe and Dan Petry return to share analyst responsibilities on Tigers Live.


Complementing Opening Day coverage on April 1 – and marking a new era of regional sports – “Bally Sports Big Opening Day” will leverage the Bally Sports regional networks to offer fans across the country for the first-time ever a live, whip-around style MLB Opening Day broadcast complete with expert analysis, interviews and more. In coordination with Sinclair-owned sister sports platforms, including Tennis Channel and Stadium, the 1-hour special will offer fans MLB previews as well as NHL, NBA, and pro-tennis updates and highlights.  Leading off at 11AM ET, “Bally Sports Big Opening Day” will originate from Stadium’s studio in Chicago and air across all 19 Bally Sports RSNs, including Bally Sports Detroit.


Tigers programming airing on Bally Sports Detroit will stream live on the all-new Bally Sports app and on when a consumer authenticates through their pay-tv service. Both the app and website will launch in coordination with the network rebrand on March 31, 2021. The Bally Sports app will be available on mobile and tablet devices, including iOS and Android, as well as connected devices including, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, PlayStation, Roku Players and Roku TV, Samsung and LG platforms and Xbox One. The FOX Sports GO app will update to the all-new Bally Sports app upon the rebrand. Fans can also download the app for free from the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store, Roku App Store, XBOX One App Store and Windows App Store.


About Bally Sports Detroit

Bally Sports Detroit (formerly FOX Sports Detroit) is delivered to 2.2 million households throughout Michigan and portions of Northwest Ohio and Northern Indiana. The Sinclair-owned Regional Sports Network is home to more than 350 live, local events per year, including the Detroit Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons; college hockey; and Michigan High School Athletic Association football and basketball championships. We are the cable TV home of the Detroit Lions. For more regional sports content, visit and follow @BallySportDET on Twitter, @ballysportsdet on Instagram and BallySportsDetroit on Facebook.


Detroit Tigers present HOME: Episode 1

For the past several seasons, first as part of the Fox Sports Detroit broadcast team, then with the Bally Sports Detroit team, Jack Morris has served as a part-time color commentator alongside Matt Shepard, calling games for the television broadcast. Effective Wednesday afternoon, he has been suspended indefinitely from those duties.

During Tuesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Angels, with superstar player Shohei Ohtani coming up to bat first in the next half inning, Morris made a remark about how pitchers should handle him, saying, “very, very careful” in what appeared to be a mock-Japanese accent.

Immediately following the commercial break Morris issues a hasty apology “if he offended anyone” and the broadcast carried on. However, backlash from Morris’s comment soon heated up online, as articles began to emerge centered on Morris’s “joke.” It soon became evident that the network would need to address the comments in some fashion, and their response was in the form of a suspension and mandatory bias training.

Bally Sports and the Detroit Tigers each issued a statement on the incident and subsequent suspension.

It may be easy for some viewers to dismiss Morris’s statement as a joke in poor taste, but the more important factor here is that he made it in the first place, not understanding why it was offensive before he said it.

It remains to be seen whether Morris will return to the broadcast booth.


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FOX Sports Detroit announces 2020 Tigers TV schedule

FOX Sports Detroit will televise 161 regular-season Detroit Tigers games in 2020. Fans will also be able to stream those games on FOX Sports GO.

Our coverage begins with the Tigers’ season opener in Cleveland on March 26 at noon. On March 30, we’ll have expanded coverage of the home opener against the Royals, starting with a special two-hour Tigers Live at 11 a.m.

Tigers telecasts will feature play-by-play announcer Matt Shepard alongside Hall of Famer Jack Morris and Kirk Gibson as analysts. Dan Petry and Craig Monroe will serve as analysts on Tigers Live pre- and post-game shows.

Tigers fans continue to receive quality and comprehensive coverage from FOX Sports Detroit, which has earned 155 Michigan Emmys since 2000, including 25 for Tigers programming. The network’s extensive baseball lineup in 2020 includes Tigers Live, which will air before and after every telecast.

The premiere of Inside the Tigers will air on April 3 at 12 p.m.

“It promises to be a memorable season, one in which we start to see some of the young talent in the minors make an impact here in Detroit,” said Greg Hammaren, senior vice president and general manager of FOX Sports Detroit. “We’re excited to be the ones to show you on a daily basis that the Tigers are on their way back.”

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Tigers TV, radio broadcasters likely to work from home during road games

If or when Major League Baseball plays in 2020, team broadcasters aren't likely to be making the road trips.

Sports TV and radio affiliates throughout baseball are preparing to have their games called from a local studio when the team is in the road, a source with knowledge of the discussions told The Detroit News. The source, who requested anonymity because they're not authorized to speak publicly on MLB's plans, did say no final decision has been reached, though talks are trending that way.

Matt Shepard and Kirk Gibson

In the Tigers' case, road-game broadcasts would be called from a studio in Southfield, where both 97.1 The Ticket, the Tigers' flagship radio station, and Fox Sports Detroit, the Tigers' TV home, are based.

Matt Shepard, Tigers' TV announcer, said he's "not sure" what the plan is, when contacted by The News.

Under the proposed broadcast plan, TV and radio teams would do the home games pretty much as normal, but both would use a "world feed" — the basic broadcast views TV viewers are accustomed to seeing, such as the main view from center field and the view that follows the ball — from road ballparks, with some additional camera angles, and then piece the broadcast together at their local studios.

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For a game with such history, this plan is almost a tip to nostalgia, back when fellas like Ronald Reagan and Ernie Harwell used to call games from a studio, off the ticker reports — albeit, just a tad more sophisticated. Shepard and Dan Dickerson wouldn't have to clang two Lincoln Logs together to recreate the sound of the bat.

Most broadcasters today grew up calling games in their living rooms, so this would be something like that.

Shepard does the TV games along with a rotating crew of analysts, including Kirk Gibson, Jack Morris, Dan Petry and Craig Monroe. Dickerson does radio with Jim Price, who has skipped some road trips in recent years, including spring road games this year, amid some health issues.

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There has been no word if MLB plans to limit other media for road games, such as print/internet.

Baseball is trying to limit travel parties and attendance at ballparks any way they can amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which would have MLB playing without fans, at least at the start, for the 2020 season.

MLB had hoped to start the season by July 4 weekend, though that seems unlikely amid contemptuous labor negotiations. MLB, citing major financial losses, wants a 50-game season, which would mean players receiving about a third of their salaries.

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