One of the faces of our Mount Rushmore is planning his exit from the broadcast booth. Fox's Tim McCarver announced he will retire at the end of the 2013 MLB season. He's called every World Series on Fox since the network won World Series rights in 1996 and will have worked a total of 23 in his announcing career when he steps away later this year. The former Cardinals catcher has the unique distinction of calling games for all four major networks over the course of his career in the booth.
It's no secret McCarver's work has not been as strong in recent years as it once was. His work in the Fox booth has been littered with enough puzzling remarks and gaffes to fill an hour long special. (Barry Manilow?!?!) However, as McCarver announces his retirement, we can be serious for a moment and recognize the impact he's had on the broadcast industry. Now's not the time to start breaking out the champagne bottles and celebrate ala Deion Sanders. (Although I have no doubts most of our readership is doing just that.) Joe Buck even said today he's been as important to his broadcast career as his own father. McCarver has been the voice of baseball analysis on American television for more than two decades and there's no questioning he has meant a lot to the profession. It's just that in the last few years, his work has not transferred well to a younger audience and the social media generation. (See his own comments on social networking for example.)
Now our attention turns to who Fox may tab as a replacement for the 2014 season with a paper-thin bench currently working for the network. There's no clear cut next in line for McCarver's job seeing as how he's been the only lead analyst MLB on Fox has known. Right now the only in-house option appears to be studio analyst Eric Karros. Would Fox consider poaching someone like John Smoltz or one of ESPN's stable? Could they search through local broadcast teams? Is there a newly-retired former player who could step in to the number one analyst job in the sport?
Time will tell where Fox goes next, but for now, let's focus on enjoying one more year of McCarverisms before the end of an era.
@awfulannouncing won't miss McCarver and his retro attitude
@awfulannouncing - Never liked him when he was "good." One of the "new generation doesn't do it right" types. In love with taking pitches.
@JonNiehaus Hellz YES!
@awfulannouncing well he's not any good so..yeah
"Has the distinction of calling games for all four major networks..." When did McCarver ever work for NBC??
@fleisdav Get your tape ready... there'll be an opening!
@awfulannouncing who does Joe Buck get to break in a new pair of knee pads with next season???
@awfulannouncing hallelujah. Finally. When is joe buck following him.
@awfulannouncing thank God. He's one of the worst prime time PBP guys
Get Harold Reynolds from MLB network, then I might actually want to watch the All Star Game and World Series without killing myself
@awfulannouncing it feels like Christmas Morning to a fan. Probably bad for business for you though.
@cjzxyz Our long, national nightmare is over.
So in the third straight year, Mount Mutemore gets refaced. Who gets put up on there? Jon Gruden? Hawk Harrelson?
@awfulannouncing There is a GOD!!!!!
Thank God one of the worst Cubs bashers there is! Ever since his days with Kiner on WOR doing the Muts games!
@awfulannouncing Did you mean at the end of last season? Awesome.
@awfulannouncing in 2014 I can watch the World Series again
@awfulannouncing what is it - he's called all or part of every World Series since 1989 ... wow
@awfulannouncing may take your twitter account out of business...
@awfulannouncing Bummer for your job security.
@awfulannouncing thank you!
@ScottMoore32660 Ha, no kidding! I'll have to make one soon then!