User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Soccer
More
Betting Tools

 
McCarver to retire from Fox after season

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

NEW YORK (AP) - Tim McCarver will make his 55th straight season of Major League Baseball his last.

Advertisement
The two-time champion catcher will call the World Series this year and then retire from his analyst job at Fox.

``I wanted to step down while I know I can still do the job and proud of the job I've done,'' the 71-year-old McCarver said during a conference call Wednesday.

His health is good, McCarver said. So are his passion and energy for the game.

It was just time.

``It's not a tough call,'' he said. ``It's not a sad thing for me.''

McCarver had been thinking about moving on for a couple of years. This winter, Fox executives visited him at his home in Florida to discuss extending his contract, which expires after the 2013 season.

They never even started negotiations. McCarver had already made up his mind.

McCarver has seen other people in various businesses stay at their jobs until their health eventually forced them out, and their quality of life was often not very good after they retired. McCarver didn't want that for himself.

A wine aficionado with a second home in California's Napa Valley, he'd love to travel to Italy for cooking classes.

``I plan on living a very long life, believe me,'' McCarver said. ``I hope Mother Nature cooperates.''

McCarver could still appear on Fox or its new cable network, Fox Sports 1, in a different role in the future. But until he tests out retirement, he can't predict whether he'll still want to do a little broadcasting.

McCarver will call a full schedule of games for Fox this season. There was no discussion Wednesday of who might replace him in the booth for 2014.

McCarver has worked 28 consecutive MLB postseasons on network television, providing analysis for a record 23 World Series.

Fox Sports Chairman David Hill recalled how he and then-President Ed Goren ``would sit in the truck and look at each other when Tim would say, `This is going to happen,' and it did.''

``We knew it wasn't guessing,'' Hill said, ``because to use the term `guessing' there's an element of doubt. Tim would know.''

McCarver got his start in broadcasting in 1980 with the Philadelphia Phillies and NBC's ``Game of the Week.'' He has also called local games for the New York Mets and Yankees and the San Francisco Giants.

McCarver later worked for ABC and CBS before joining Fox in 1996. Last year, he was honored by baseball's Hall of Fame with the Ford C. Frick Award for major contributions to baseball broadcasting.

``You've always been a great symbol of class,'' Commissioner Bud Selig told McCarver on the conference call.

McCarver spent 21 seasons in the majors between 1959 and 1980, mostly with the Cardinals and Phillies. He was a two-time All-Star and won the World Series in 1964 and 1967 with St. Louis. A career .271 hitter, McCarver had 97 home runs and 645 RBIs.

He missed the start of the 2011 AL championship series because of a minor heart-related procedure, but the test result that necessitated that medical work turned out to be a false positive.

McCarver worked with announcer Jack Buck on CBS from 1990-91, then became broadcast partners with Buck's son, Joe, at Fox in 1996.

``I've learned more from him than anybody I've ever been around in this business,'' Joe Buck said, ``including my father.''

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Sportsbook: All-Star HR Derby Odds
News: All-Star Game History
Brewers snap 7-game skid, rout Cards
Royals rally past Tigers, avoid sweep
Angels hand Rangers another setback
Mets stay red-hot, sweep Marlins
Dodgers nip Pads 1-0 for 2nd straight day
Gray earns 10th win, A's down Mariners
Giants drop D-backs with 2 grand slams
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
5-1 L6, 13-4 Run, +7,950 TY
6-0 +764 L6, +2,764 This Year
10-2 G-Plays, 27-12 +1,584 Streak
+2,539 Net Proftis This Year
10-4, +840 Record L14 Picks
7-2 L9 G-Plays, 18-9 +932 Run
35-19 L54 Totals, +2,049 TY
7-3, +483 Last 10 Selections
3-1 Sunday, 9-3 +615 L12 G-Plays
4-1, +316 Last 5 Selections
21-11 +1,136 L32, +2,004 TY
7-2, +600 L9 MLB Picks
Perfect 3-0, +390 Last 3 Plays
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - National League at American League
2014 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 7950
Bruce Marshall + 2764
The Gold Sheet + 2539
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 2996
James Manos + 2522
Dave Cokin + 1777
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2584
Matt Zylbert + 2049
Bruce Marshall + 853
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 1317
ASA + 1090
Doc's Sports + 858
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 3539
Mike Rose + 1630
Kevin Rogers + 1429
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 1696
Mike Rose + 1503
The Gold Sheet + 1259
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!