At the beginning of the end of Mario and Rod, there was an early afternoon interview on the schedule. There was a comfortable chair in the visiting television booth at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago.
There was a pregame argument, a postgame argument that, depending on who you talk to, may or may not have ended in a choke hold, and a long-standing tension that finally boiled past the point of no return in a hallway.
A little more than a month later, the end is here: The Detroit Tigers’ TV broadcasting team of Mario Impemba and Rod Allen is no more. Impemba and Allen — who worked together for nearly 17 full seasons — will not return to the Fox Sports Detroit airwaves in 2019, according to multiple persons with knowledge of the situation.
The unhappy ending was a foregone conclusion since that dramatic day on Sept. 4, which climaxed in a physical altercation following the Tigers’ 8-3 win over the White Sox. Two days later, FSD announced neither would be scheduled on telecasts for the remainder of the season.
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