Our pal Cliff salutes Tim McCarver.
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I will not miss Tim. In recent years, he seems to remind me more and more of John Madden, who started off wonderful but went on for a bit too long. Tim has been pleasant, was (at one time) informative, but the game seems to have past him by. Cliff underscores the real problem: he blocked out so many able announcers from MLB broadcasts.
In these days, I know it's heresy, but I recall (and liked)when the national broadcast of the WS was shared by the regulars from each team. Where else could you find Vin Scully and Mel Allen on the same broadcast (though only one at a time in the booth)?
He was still sharp when he called Yankee games in the late 90s, remember that?
Can't come soon enough. If only Buck would retire too.
 I think that was the beginning of the end for Tim. I love Murcer, but the quality of those local FOX broadcasts was always pretty low in my opinion. Especially when compared to MSG.
good bye. best news i have heard coming out of this spring training!
In more important news:
#BlueJays announce that Rush frontman Geddy Lee will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Night.
 McCarver is terrible, but at least he seems to like baseball. Buck can't hide his contempt of the sport. You can almost hear him turn the pages of NFL weekly while "calling" the game.
 Rush!! Thelarmis will be real happy about that one.
Maybe now that Timmah is retiring he will find time to record the Great American Songbook™ 2?
I don't care for him anymore but in his day he was really good, maybe the first ex-jock to be that bright and informative.
Better than Garagiola or Kubek or even Rizzuto... weren't they first?
 I've heard clips of Rizzuto from his really early days in the booth, like in the 1960s, and he was a pretty good, straight announcer.
When I was a kid, I loved Rizzuto and White on WPIX (ch. 11), and I loved McCarver and Kiner on WWOR (ch. 9). I don't know when it happened, but I suspect it happened in the last 15 years, I started to loathe McCarver a lot.
I won't miss him.
I would love nothing more than a natural sound feed of the games. Just give me the sights and sounds. No announcers. I'll pay for this, MLB, I promise.
I might even opt for natural sound feed on radio, too, rather than Sterling and Waldman, but that's another discussion...
Man, that is a great idea. Even having the option would be revolutionary. Perhaps an additional graphic that flashes what the call was when necessary.
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