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Posted March 27, 2013 by DJ Enuff in Sports
 
 

Former Mets And Yankees Broadcaster McCarver To Retire!

Tim McCarver announces retirement

“I am a grandfather now. I have homes in Florida and California, and I have many outside interests. More than anything, timing is everything. I thought it would be appropriate to announce it now. It’s not a tough call. It’s not a sad thing for me.”

“I’ve thought about it for the last two years when it’s going to end,” McCarver said. “I don’t know what (FOX) was going to offer me, but I said almost immediately that I have thought long and hard about this before we even talk about future negotiations. I don’t think, I know this is going to be my last year. The fact that I’ve thought about it long and hard, I knew my mind was made up.”

“There’s no plan in place right now,” said McCarver, who was awarded the Ford C. Frick Award for oustanding broadcasting from the Hall of Fame in 2012.

“I just don’t know. I don’t want to speculate on that because .. . I’ve never really been in a situation where I have to weigh whatever happens after this year whenever I step aside. “

“I know I am going to miss Joe a lot,” McCarver said of Buck. “He’s an extraordinary talent. And he’s very smart and very funny as all of you know. But more than anything his compassion as a friend, and sitting next to me for 18 years is one of the things I am going to miss a great deal when this thing is over.” – nypost

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“I wanted to step down while I know I can still do the job and be proud of the job I’ve done,” said McCarver on a FOX conference call referencing the 21 years he spent playing the game. – nypost

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ormer Mets and Yankees announcer/analyst and longtime broadcaster Tim McCarver announced that he will retire after this season! McCarver, 71, called MLB games for over 34 years (played for 21 years) and was on board with FOX since 1996; working with major networks: FOX, NBC, ABC, and CBS! He called a record 23 World Series and 28 straight post-seasons! Most likely, former Met and current SNY and TBS analyst Ron Darling will take his place. McCarver played as a catcher for 21 years and started his (playing) career in 1959 with the St. Louis Cardinals (pic above); he played mostly with the Cardinals and Phillies! McCarver started out broadcasting with the Philadelphia Phillies (1978), then went on to cover the Mets game (1983-98), and the NY Yankees (1999-2001). He worked alongside play-by-play man Joe Buck for the last 18 years. McCarver told the FOX network of his decision on a visit to his Florida home in February; McCarver was on the last year of his contract. McCarver is not completely out of broadcasting, as he may do bits on FOX’s new cable network FOX Sports 1. Check out comments above!

Source: nypost