After five years as Detroit Tigers play-by-play announcer, Matt Shepard has been shown the door.


Bally Sports Detroit gave him the axe, according to a story Tuesday by Tony Paul of the Detroit News.

Bally will conduct a national search for his replacement.

Bally Sports Detroit thanks Matt Shepard for his five seasons of dedication in the Tigers television booth

He's been a great teammate and has an incredible passion for Detroit sports and bringing compelling storylines to millions of fans every year.

Change is often difficult, but we feel it's time to head in a new direction

are looking forward to the process of finding our next play-by-play voice of the Tigers

A broadcast industry observer, who declined to be identified, tells Deadline Detroit that Shepard was not very good

explaining "he came across as pompous and often patronizing and asked inane questions to his partners.

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