Tim McCarver never said he was retiring. Not yet. No matter that he won't return to the national Fox broadcasts, there might be another TV job for him in 2014 with the St. Louis Cardinals. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says discussions are underway that could lead to McCarver working again for his former team, "probably in a limited role":
Officials at Fox Sports Midwest, which has the Cardinals’ local TV rights, declined to comment. And Dan Farrell, the Cards senior vice president who oversees their broadcast operations, could not be reached.
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.’’
St. Louis would make a lot of sense for McCarver, who played there for 12 seasons. Joe Buck, his former partner on Fox, has been known to work for the Cardinals from time to time. He'd put in a good word — though McCarver already is well-liked, if not beloved, in St. Louis. And since it would be on a limited basis, fans of McCarver across the country who subscribed to MLB.tv and/or DirecTV would get a chance to sample his wisdom. A little McCarver goes a long way.
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