The Stew relayed the possibility in December that Tim McCarver would keep working after his national contract with Fox Sports ended, and that the St. Louis Cardinals were a likely landing spot.
Such a scenario has come to fruition. He is joining the Cardinals' TV broadcast team for 30 games in 2014, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Cards legend Mike Shannon will drop about 50 road games from his radio schedule, with Ricky Horton working and Al Hrabowky sliding from TV into the radio booth to fit McCarver into the mix.
McCarver, 72, confirmed Thursday night that he has reached an agreement to do about 30 Cardinals games this season for Fox Sports Midwest.
“The deal has not been completed — but it will,’’ he said, adding that the dates he’ll be working still are to be finalized. “We’ll get it straightened out. I know I’ll be doing Cardinal games, I just don’t know the exact situation.’’
Just when we thought he was out, someone pulls him back in! McCarver won two World Series rings playing for the Cardinals in two stints, and often was Bob Gibson's catcher during the glorious 1960s era in St. Louis. In the photo above, that's McCarver as a player being interviewed by the man with the giant ear buds, the great Tony Kubek.
McCarver's peak as a broadcaster, many believe, is when he called Mets games with Ralph Kiner and others in the 1980s. A little McCarver will go a long way. For 30 games, he'll add a lot to the Cardinals broadcasts and fewer of us will argue about his contributions on the national stage. Until we get a load of Harold Reynolds as his replacement.
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