Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Friday, June 22, 2012

Tim McCarver says give the pitchers their due

The main writer-researcher for the crease-free “The Tim McCarver Show” dumped me on FB for slagging McCarver. To this I say, SLAG ON!

“It’s always mentioned, with Bob Gibson and Luis Tiant and the rest,” McCarver said this week, speaking of the Cardinals’ and Indians’ all-time great pitchers who had 1.12 and 1.60 ERAs, respectively, that season. “But I think pitching has been as dominant this year as in 1968.”

That is an extreme statement for someone who was closer to the game than most in pitching’s greatest season, catching most of Gibson’s 34 starts, 28 of them complete games, 13 of those shutouts.

“What a story pitching has been in baseball,” McCarver said of this season. “It’s as dominant now as it was then.”

...“I think when you have starting pitching like [the Mets] have had, it becomes competitive after a while,” he said. “We had a competitive situation with the Cardinals. Everybody saw how Gibson performed and they didn’t want to give up a run, either. We had 31 shutouts that year, second all-time from a team standpoint. That’s a type of contagious component.”

Matched with the Yankees’ inability to hit with runners in scoring position this season and the size of Citi Field possibly limiting their home-run power, McCarver seems to be expecting a game echoing a time with faded colors.

“I’ve been around the game a long time,” he said, “and it seems to me at some point in time you have to start giving pitchers credit.”

Repoz Posted: June 22, 2012 at 07:45 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: announcers, history

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.



<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF


Thanks to
for his generous support.


You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

Gonfalon CubsThe Long Wait
(76 - 4:13pm, Oct 21)
Last: Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist

NewsblogOTP 2016 Oct 17: Politics, Sports, and the 'League of Legends' World Championship
(1819 - 4:13pm, Oct 21)
Last: Renegade JE (((Jason))), Fermenting Violence

NewsblogHeyman - MLB Replay System Needs To Be Redefined
(5 - 4:12pm, Oct 21)
Last: madvillain

NewsblogCharlie Sheen Responds to Indians Fans Demanding he Throw the First Pitch at the World Series
(7 - 4:12pm, Oct 21)
Last: bunyon

NewsblogTrevor Bauer reveals questionable taste in Star Wars movies
(176 - 4:12pm, Oct 21)
Last: Lassus

NewsblogThe Oral History of Baseball on 'Seinfeld' | Complex
(53 - 4:03pm, Oct 21)
Last: Random Transaction Generator

NewsblogThe Blue Jays Should Rebuild | FanGraphs Baseball
(35 - 3:58pm, Oct 21)
Last: Charlie Gibbs Fracture Zone

NewsblogWhat we learned: The Dodgers can't hit Jon Lester
(20 - 3:48pm, Oct 21)
Last: Weeks T. Olive

NewsblogRockies Inbox: Is Tom Murphy ready for Majors? |
(3 - 3:32pm, Oct 21)
Last: Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad)

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-21-2016
(13 - 1:55pm, Oct 21)
Last: Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network)

NewsblogPutting value of Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal in the proper frame
(18 - 1:47pm, Oct 21)
Last: Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist

NewsblogOT: NBA 2016-17 Preseason Thread
(218 - 1:37pm, Oct 21)
Last: Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 2016 Discussion
(5 - 12:28pm, Oct 21)
Last: MrC.

NewsblogNo Strike Or Lockout For MLB, Challenges With International Draft
(9 - 12:12pm, Oct 21)
Last: snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster)

NewsblogCitgo sign could be landmark on the move | Boston Herald
(29 - 11:58am, Oct 21)
Last: Betts, Bogaerts, and D Price(GGC)

Page rendered in 0.1077 seconds
45 querie(s) executed