A former player will not return to the Detroit Tigers’ broadcast on Bally Sports Detroit next season.
According to the Detroit News, Jack Morris will leave the show in 2023.
No reason for the 67-year-old’s departure was given, though the Detroit News cited ongoing budget cuts and Morris’ desire to spend more time with his son in Minnesota.
It’s unclear if the breakup was mutual. Bally Sports Detroit has been cutting its budget since 2020. Additionally, Morris’ son Miles is a highly paid Minnesota recruit entering his senior season at Mahtomedi High School. Morris talked about wanting to spend more time with him.
Morris is one of several players serving as an analyst for the Tigers, along with Kirk Gibson, Craig Monroe and Dan Petri, working alongside game announcer Matt Sheppard. The Detroit News reports that Monroe is expected to take on most of Morris’ duties on the booth, while Gibson will remain on the broadcast team and Petrie will do more of the pregame and postgame studio duties.
In 2021, Morris was suspended by Bally Sports Detroit and the Tigers for an attempt at racially insensitive humor during an appearance on the Shohei Ohtani plate.