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Caesar: Will McCarver join Cardinals broadcasts?

Prediction: There will be more Gibson mentions than the St. Louis Cardinals at a high class tavern.

Tim McCarver left the Fox television booth after the World Series following his record-shattering 34-year run as a network baseball analyst. But he never said he was retiring from broadcasting.

Could his next stop be into the Cardinals’ announcer mix?

Sources said there have been discussions about him being a part of the team’s broadcasts next season, probably in a limited role.

...McCarver, contacted Thursday, did not want to talk about any specific job possibilities for next season. But he did reiterate that he hasn’t retired at age 72.

“As I (said) this past summer I was not retiring — I never used that word,’’ he said. “And yet it was used all over the country’’ when his Fox run ended. “I can‘t quit cold turkey, (at least) I hope I can’t quit cold turkey. So we’ll see. I just don’t want to crawl in a hole some place for the rest of my life. That’s unrealistic.’’

But it’s realistic to see how a spot could be open for him with the Cardinals.

Longtime radio broadcaster Mike Shannon’s contract expired after the World Series, but he is expected to return. But Shannon, now 74, had significantly reduced his schedule of road games last year — and that was before he was sidelined in August for most of the rest of the regular season after undergoing aortic-valve replacement surgery.

Cards television analysts Al Hrabosky and Rick Horton helped fill in on radio for Shannon, and if he has a significantly reduced schedule in 2014 there would be room for another voice — and McCarver has plenty of experience calling games of individual teams as well as at the network level. He has worked in the booths of the Phillies, Mets, Yankees and Giants.

Repoz Posted: December 06, 2013 at 07:55 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bruce Chen's Huge Panamanian Robot Posted: December 06, 2013 at 08:16 AM (#4611715)
No. No. No. Please, no.
   2. The elusive Robert Denby Posted: December 06, 2013 at 09:38 AM (#4611736)
Al Hrabosky AND Tim McCarver? That should be enough to make anyone hate baseball.
   3. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: December 06, 2013 at 09:50 AM (#4611739)
So what I'm getting from this is that McCarver was in fact fired.
   4. zonk Posted: December 06, 2013 at 09:57 AM (#4611741)
I'd rather see the Cardinals spend a generation in cellar dweller wilderness, but misfortune is misfortune, I guess... so I'll take it.
   5. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 06, 2013 at 11:28 AM (#4611821)
I like Al Hrabosky, and I liked McCarver with the Mets. Of course that was 30 years ago.
   6. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: December 06, 2013 at 11:46 AM (#4611848)
So what I'm getting from this is that McCarver was in fact fired.


I wouldn't say that's true though it could be. McCarver has been involved in professional baseball since he was 17, he's only 72 (the older I get the older you need to be "old") something like this would seem like a logical next step. Just guessing here he doesn't want to do the travel or the work necessary for a national announcer anymore but effectively following one team, working 1-2 days a week is probably pretty appealing.

My father is 68 and retired a couple of years ago. Despite this he remains incredibly busy; he's written two small books and done a fair amount of consulting. He'd have gone insane if he had to sit around the house all day and I'm sure McCarver is in a similar boat (as most people are).
   7. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 06, 2013 at 12:01 PM (#4611876)
A part-time team gig is a pretty good job for a semi-retired guy. Dick Enberg does the Padres games. Jack Buck didn't do all the games in his last years. Vin Scully is on a reduced schedule.
   8. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: December 06, 2013 at 01:15 PM (#4612126)
Another reason to hate the Cardinals.
   9. cardsfanboy Posted: December 06, 2013 at 03:56 PM (#4612435)
I like Hrabosky and Horton, if this acquisition means the dumping of McLaughlin(or reducing his role) then I'm all for it. Unfortunately it seems that Hrabosky is the guy that Fox Sports midwest likes the least.

So what I'm getting from this is that McCarver was in fact fired.


Contract not being renewed isn't the same thing as being fired.
   10. Karl from NY Posted: December 06, 2013 at 03:57 PM (#4612436)
I think it's not a bad idea. McCarver could still perform decently on a local team broadcast, where he can get giddy and homery if he wants. He's past his prime to be a representative ambassador for a whole sport nationally, but he could still be fun with a team and fanbase that probably still care for him at least somewhat.
   11. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 06, 2013 at 05:07 PM (#4612503)
I like Hrabosky and Horton, if this acquisition means the dumping of McLaughlin(or reducing his role) then I'm all for it. Unfortunately it seems that Hrabosky is the guy that Fox Sports midwest likes the least.

Why do you say FSMW doesn't like Hrabosky? Are they lowballing him on salary?
   12. Bruce Chen's Huge Panamanian Robot Posted: December 07, 2013 at 12:01 AM (#4612785)
Why do you say FSMW doesn't like Hrabosky? Are they lowballing him on salary?


He dared to question Tony La Russa's decisions a few times.
   13. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 07, 2013 at 12:27 AM (#4612806)
That's exactly why I like Hrabosky. He's not a shill. But why would FSMW object to that? I can see the Cards objecting to it.
   14. cardsfanboy Posted: December 07, 2013 at 10:02 AM (#4612880)
Why do you say FSMW doesn't like Hrabosky? Are they lowballing him on salary?


He had a lot of time off this year where he didn't seem to be doing a game on the radio or TV. It's just the impression I got when they talked about their broadcasts this year. It feels like they were pushing him out for Horton.

I know a few years back they were grooming him for a National job, and that fell through and as the years have gone on, they seem to be reducing his role more and more.

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