Former Peoria Chiefs play-by-play man Mario Impemba had an inglorious exit from his broadcast gig with the Detroit Tigers in the 2018 MLB season.
But he's back in the big leagues, as the Boston Red Sox have added him to their radio team.
About five months ago, Impemba had a physical confrontation with his broadcast partner, Rod Allen, with whom he teamed on TV in Detroit for 17 years.
A few weeks later, Impemba was gone.
He resurfaced via a connection with Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, who wrote the forward to Impemba's book "If These Walls Could Talk: Stories From the Detroit Tigers' Dugout, Locker Room, and Press Box."
Impemba, 55, will work 50-60 Red Sox games as part of a rotation, in which Joe Castiglione serves as the lead play-by-play man.
Impemba is a longtime friend of Castiglione, who like Impemba worked with the late Bob Starr, a former WMBD-TV sportscaster in Peoria.
That's all for Cleve In The Eve on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.
Here's your sports quote of the day:
"Called out for excessive window shopping."
— Ernie Harwell.
Dave Eminian covers the Rivermen and Chiefs for the Journal Star, and writes the Cleve In The Eve sports column for pjstar.com. Reach him at 686-3206 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @icetimecleve.