Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Hall of Fame broadcaster Tim McCarver
announced on Wednesday that he will leave his post as the lead baseball
analyst for FOX Sports following the conclusion of the upcoming 2013 season.
McCarver has been with FOX ever since the network began national broadcasts of
MLB games in 1996 and has covered 28 consecutive baseball postseasons while
working for all four major American networks. He has also served as an on-air
commentator for a record 23 World Series.
"Although I am neither tired of broadcasting baseball nor have I in any way
lost my interest in baseball, with which I have been associated as a player
and broadcaster for 55 years, it's time to cut back," McCarver said in a
The 71-year-old McCarver began his broadcasting career on local airings of
Philadelphia Phillies games in 1980, immediately after the former catcher
retired following a 21-year major league tenure as a player. He also had long
stints with ABC (1984-89, 1994-95) and CBS (1990-93) and was the New York
Mets' primary television analyst for 16 seasons from 1983-98.
McCarver was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame last year as the
recipient of the 2012 Ford C. Frick Award.
"Tim McCarver has chronicled the national pastime on our biggest stages,
including a record 23 World Series and 20 All-Star Games, for a generation of
baseball fans," Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. "As an analyst, he
has always thought like a manager in the dugout, and in the process he helped
redefine what sports fans expected from the broadcast booth.
"Tim has led a remarkable baseball life since signing with the Cardinals in
1959, and all of us at Major League Baseball look forward to joining our
partners at FOX Sports in honoring his Hall of Fame career throughout the 2013
season. On behalf of our 30 clubs, I thank Tim for his important contributions
to our game over the past seven decades."
The Sports Network