Tim McCarver Retiring: After 18 Years, FOX Baseball Announcer Will Leave the Booth

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Mar 27, 2013 04:10 PM EDT
Tim McCarver Retiring: Fades Into Background
Actor Billy Bob Thornton (R) chats with former St. Louis Cardinals player Tim McCarver before opening day ceremonies ahead of the season-opening National League baseball game between the Cardinals and the New York Mets in St. Louis, Missouri, April 1, 2007. REUTERS/Tim Parke"

Tim McCarver who has spent the last 18 years on the FOX booth being the analysts for their baseball games will call it quits after 2013. McCarver, who is 71, would like to venture into other things in life and will decide to retire following the conclusion of his contract an the upcoming baseball season.

McCarver, who has been working alongside Joe Buck, spent a total of 27 years in front of a television camera and has been praised by many in the business. Buck himself has complimented McCarver saying they both had a lot of chemistry in the booth and for Buck, McCarver has been as influential to him as his father Jack Buck.

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Bud Selig, the league's commissioner, had this to say about the veteran broadcaster and former MLB player:

"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. 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. "

Though receiving many praises for his calls, not everybody feels the same way about McCarver. Take for instance, Family Guy.

Here they mock McCarver, because, if you've ever watched his games, he sometimes stutters or cuts himself off from and begins sentences while he's in the middle of one. However, despite the fun they poke at McCarver, he's respected around the game and has been broadcasting for many years.

As a matter of fact, as FOX Sports 1's channel gets ready to launch, the producers have left an analyst broadcasting position available in case McCarver wants to return.

McCarver was first introduced to professional baseball in 1959 when he was a catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. He retired in 1980 after totaling 12 years with the Cardinals, nine with the Philadelphi Phillies, two with the Boston Red Sox and one with the Montreal Expos. McCarver was also a two-time All-Star. McCarver then went on to spend 34 years behind the microphone and for him, maybe some cooking classes in Italy will be his next form of entertainment.

Currently, FOX is looking for a new analysts for their games. Ron Darling, who broadcasts New York Mets game, has been rumored as a possible fill-in.

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