The Voice of the Turtle, Episode 72: Tigers, Whitecaps, and Legends

Welcome to the 2018 season of Tigers baseball, where mostly all you care about is rookies, prospects, and the rebuild process. At the time of this writing, the Tigers are currently getting routed by the Indians on the way to a 4-8 record, so let's forget about all of that and turn our attention to the minor leagues.

In this episode, HookSlide is joined by Dan Hasty (on Twitter at @ThatDanHasty), play-by-play announcer for the Tigers' Single A affiliate, the West Michigan Whitecaps. (Spoiler: this is where the Tigers keep all their true talent stashed away.) Dan Hasty recently had the privilege of going to Lakeland for Spring Training to fill in for Dan Dickerson in the booth, joining Jim Price to call a couple of Tigers games, and he shares the details of that experience in this program.

(Guys, he met Al Kaline. It's a great story, don't miss it.)

Dan also shares his thoughts on how the Whitecaps are looking for the 2018 season (is a 6-1 start to the season good?), what players on the roster are most likely to push on through to the major league level, what it means as a minor-league broadcaster to have the new rules in place for starting a runner at second base in all extra-inning games, and why Lance Parrish has taken over as the Whitecaps manager this year.

Topics in this episode include:
- Al Kaline is an actual baseball god, and apparently controls the weather
- What's it like to call a game with Jim Price in the booth?
- Joe Jimenez might actually be looking better than he did with the Whitecaps
- Is Daniel Norris ever going to tap into his potential?
- New minor league rules: starting extra innings with a runner at 2nd might be a good thing
- Why Elvin Rodriguez (acquired in the Justin Upton trade) is a pitcher to watch
- The Tigers are paying attention to analytics, and it's already showing in the Whitecaps' games
- Listener questions

Be sure to send your thoughts, suggestions, and questions for our next show. We're on Twitter at @vottpodcast, and @hookslide23!

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