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Rod Allen Reflects on Broadcasters He Has Worked With

Jul 8, 2007  •  Post A Comment

On Thom Brennaman, FSN Sports and Cincinnati Reds announcer: “He’s an unbelievable human being. He taught me about professionalism and really reinforced in me how to treat people on a day-to-day basis.”
On Ernie Harwell, longtime voice of the Detroit Tigers and MLB announcer for 55 years: “If you look up ‘class’ in the dictionary you’ll find his picture next to it.”
On Joe Garagiola Sr., NBC play-by-play announcer for 30 years: “He taught me everything I know about broadcasting.”
On Kenny Albert, Fox Sports and ESPN Plus announcer: “He’s a meat-and-potatoes guy that really knows this business.”
On Mario Impemba, FSN Detroit Tigers announcer: “He’s an utmost professional who loves his job and is really good at it.”
On Joe Morgan, ESPN baseball announcer: “He’s a tremendous role model that gives me hope in this business.”
Stats Box
Name: Roderick Bernet “Rod” Allen
Date of birth: Oct. 5, 1959
Place of birth: Los Angeles
Current gig: Tigers broadcaster since 2002
Catchphrases: “Without question,” “filthy,” “nasty,” “partner” (pronounced “pahdnuh”), “high octane cheese,” “get down with your bad self”
Who knew? One of Rod Allen’s most infamous moments has been viewed more than 22,000 times on YouTube. It’s an 80-second video that shows him as the batter who’s plunked by a Japanese pitcher in 1991. As Mr. Allen charged the mound, the pitcher retreated. Mr. Allen proceeded to chase him into center field. “When you charge the mound in Japan, the pitcher usually tries to make it into his own dugout,” Mr. Allen said. “I wasn’t even mad — I was just trying to cut off his route.”

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