FOX MLB analyst McCarver stepping down at season's end
Longtime major league baseball analyst Tim McCarver announced Wednesday that he won't seek a contract extension after this season.
That will end an over 30-year career in broadcasting, and a seven-decade career in major league baseball. He was a catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos and Boston Red Sox from 1959-80.
“I’ve informed FOX Sports that I will not seek to extend my contract to broadcast baseball past the 2013 season,” said McCarver. “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. Since 1996, my time with Joe Buck has been filled with some of the most memorable moments in the game’s magnificent history. I am very proud to have been a part of all the things that make this game so special for all of us who follow it day-to-day, week-to-week and year-to-year. Finally, to the gifted men and women at FOX with whom I’ve worked with over the last 17 years, your work has been exemplary and unmatched. You’re the best in the business and it has been a privilege.”
McCarver started his broadcasting career with the Phillies in 1980. He spent 16 seasons as an analyst for New York Mets broadcasts on WWOR, three seasons working New York Yankees games on FOX-owned WNYW, and one year analyzing San Francisco Giants games on KTVU.
He joined FOX Sports in 1996 after a two-year stint as a game analyst for The Baseball Network’s broadcasts on ABC. He returned to ABC in 1994 after four years with CBS Sports, where he also served as lead baseball analyst working the All-Star Game, National League Championship Series and World Series from 1990 to 1993. He teamed with Joe's father Jack Buck in 1990 and 1991, followed by Sean McDonough in 1992 and 1993. During his first stint as an analyst for ABC's baseball coverage (1984-89), McCarver covered the 1984, 1986 and 1988 National League Championship Series, the 1985, 1987 and 1989 World Series, and the 1986 and 1988 All-Star Games. His first network assignment came in the early 1980s, while still playing, on NBC’s "Game of the Week."