Rod Allen’s on-field professional baseball career spanned sixteen years, five countries and two continents but since transitioning to the broadcast booth in 1998 he has found stability and achieved a high level of success. Allen is in the midst of a 14-year run as the lead analyst on Detroit Tigers broadcasts on FOX Sports Detroit, and he has been recognized for his insightful work in the booth as evidenced by his winning of back-to-back Michigan Emmys in the Sports Analyst category in 2006 and 2007.
Prior to joining the Tigers broadcast team Allen served as a television and radio analyst for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 1998 to 2002. In 2001 Allen was the lead radio analyst for the Diamondbacks’ World Series run, and he also has contributed analysis on FOX Saturday Baseball regional telecasts and for select National League Division Series telecasts.
Allan was originally selected by the Chicago White Sox in the sixth round of the 1977 draft out of Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, California. The outfielder made his major league debut with the Seattle Mariners in 1983. Allen had two more short stints in the majors, with the World Champion Tigers in 1984 and with the Cleveland Indians in 1988, before three successful seasons with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of the Japan Central League.
After his playing career Allen spent four seasons as a minor league hitting instructor with the Florida Marlins organization before a chance meeting with then Diamondbacks director of broadcasting Thom Brenneman led to the start of a successful career in the booth. Allen’s perception and his colorful commentary as a broadcaster have endeared him to Tigers fans.
Off the field Allen provides generous financial contributions and time to support various Tigers community programs, and also has remained involved with events benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwestern Michigan, Salvation Army Detroit, the Gleaners Community Food Bank and the Miracle League of Michigan. Allen and his wife, Adrian, have four children.
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