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Tim McCarver signs two-year contract extension with FOX

Mar 7, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

Tim McCarver portrait

Presented without comment, from Michael McCarthy of USA Today:

Fox Sports is signing two-year contract extensions with Tim McCarver and Darrell Waltrip, its lead TV analysts for baseball and NASCAR coverage, respectively. The extensions are expected to be announced this week, said Fox spokesman Dan Bell, and will take McCarver through the end of Fox’s seven-year MLB deal in 2013. … McCarver, a former catcher with the St. Louis Cardinals and other clubs, has been with Fox since 1996.


  1. The Common Man/ - Mar 7, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    My mute button is over in the corner, crying over how its tour of duty was just extended by another two years. Sorry, Mutey, but you’re doing God’s work by saving my ears from the stupid.

    • bigharold - Mar 7, 2011 at 11:59 AM

      LMAO. The Lord’s work indeed!!

      Is it true that, as with his previous contracts, he’s getting paid by the word, with a bonus for inane “back in the day” references?

    • mrfloydpink - Mar 7, 2011 at 2:35 PM

      Tim McCarver : Baseball Announcer :: Derek Jeter : Gold-Glove Winning Shortstops

  2. nelsonsaint - Mar 7, 2011 at 10:53 AM


  3. rollinghighwayblues - Mar 7, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    I cannot stand to listen to this man. He was on MLB network talking about game 4 of the 2001 WS and trying to be all chummy with Torre and I could tell he was greatly annoyed by the baffoon. I contemplated walking into traffic.

  4. Jason @ IIATMS - Mar 7, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Mubarek was ousted yet McCarver survives? How can we let this happen?

  5. Ari Collins - Mar 7, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    There is no worse announcer in baseball. Is there a worse one in some other sport, or is McCarver the worst in all sports?

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 7, 2011 at 11:53 AM

      I think Joe Buck is probably the worst in all sports—if only because he’s equally as annoying in baseball and football.

    • BC - Mar 7, 2011 at 12:03 PM

      Bill Walton is worse.

      • Ari Collins - Mar 7, 2011 at 12:10 PM

        I don’t watch much NBA, but even I recognize how terrible Walton is. If he analyzed his own announcing, he’d call himself, “the most hyperbolic bloviator in the history of human speech.”

        Separate question: is an announcer’s ability inversely proportional to his ability as a player?

      • BC - Mar 7, 2011 at 12:28 PM

        First they had to work to cure Walton’s stuttering. Now they can’t get him to shut up.

  6. hermitfool - Mar 7, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Hide the razor blades , Mabel!

  7. kander013 - Mar 7, 2011 at 11:29 AM

  8. Utley's Hair - Mar 7, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Any way they mixed up the contracts and Waltrip signed on for baseball and McCarver signed on for NASCAR? Pleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleaseplease??????

    • bigharold - Mar 7, 2011 at 12:09 PM

      Waltrip, … please if I gotta here that “Boogity Boogity” crapolla any more I’ll take to watching Soccer.

      Interesting; Fox has two of the more annoying commentators in sports I will actually watch and they both just got two year extensions. Both are old, overbearing gasbags that don’t know when to shut up and both use the hair coloring.

  9. cintiphil - Mar 7, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    I think the main objection to McCarver is that he is from the South. In his days with the Mets, he had little to say about how good they were, because for most of the time (except for a year or two), they were bad. Even the W-S victory against the Sox should have been a loss. So I see why the N.Y. media and fans hate him. He was mostly an adversary in Cinti., but we never hated him for when he was in St. Lou or Philly. He was a great ball player from the South who talked with a bit of an accent. Since he was not a homer, the N.Y. fans hate him. They loved Mel Allen because he was strictly a Yankee homer, and lets face it, the Yanks were winners for most of his time. What bad could one say?

    Get over it New York, he is not a bad announcer, and he knows ten times more baseball than the average fan in any town.

    • Ari Collins - Mar 7, 2011 at 12:06 PM

      As a Sox fan, it has nothing to do with any anti-NY bias. Even besides his many analysis problems (he never strays from the cliches, he has no idea how statistics work at all, he spent an entire world series game in which NY didn’t take part talking about A-Rod’s opt-out), he’s a smarmy mouth-breather who laughs (alone) at his own jokes.

      Listening to him makes me embarassed to be not only a fan of the same team but a member of the same species.

      • cintiphil - Mar 7, 2011 at 12:22 PM

        We hear cliches from all announcers in all sports. How bad are all announcers in football? We all know (or we think we do) about all of the Q-B’s and what makes a good one or bad one. the timing, the way they look down field and see his target etc etc.. It goes on for ever, and we hear it every season. And, we hear the same cliches on the same guy over and over again. Whether it is good or bad, the announcers say the same thing about players every year. even after they retire, we keep hearing the same things about certain players. Does it ever stop? No, most announcers do the same stories and make the same comments on players forever. Do you ever get tired of hearing about Butkus or Singeltary’s eyes and intensity (there is a new word) etc. etc.?

        Methinks I hit a nerve with some people. You hate some one or other for personal reasons, and then try to justify it by some sort of legit argument. It doesn’t work for me, so think up another reason. Oh, by the way, you are in America. You can hate someone for any reason. You can just say you don’t like him or her. Be honest, and say that his voice is like scratching on a blackboard. Don’t try to make stuff up, or try to say how little he knows about his sport.

      • Ari Collins - Mar 7, 2011 at 12:35 PM

        So your argument is that all announcers use cliches, therefore it must be a bias against southern accents? Mmhmm. Keep feeling good about yourself for seeing through the many poor facets of McCarver’s announcing, to the deep-seated hatred of all southerners. Please, continue to tell me how I just hate him because he’s anti-NY when not only do I probably have an anti-NY bias myself, but he demonstrated a NY-centric attitude when he spent AN ENTIRE GAME in the WORLD FRICKING SERIES that didn’t have NY in it talking about a NY free agent?

        Oh, I see! Now you could switch to saying that he has a PRO-NY bias and that’s why I hate him! In addition to my hatred of southerners, of course.

        Perhaps you should be asking yourself why you think people who hate a clearly poor announcer just hate southern accents?

        And perhaps I should ask myself why I feed trolls. Damnit.

    • Dan in Katonah - Mar 7, 2011 at 12:08 PM

      Thanks for the latest news for Stereo-type City…
      How about this – I am a New Yorker and a lifelong Mets fan and when McCarver was here, he was very enjoyable. But over the years, he has declined to the point of being just about unwatchable. And pairing him with Joe Buck makes my head hurt.
      Why would you think that New Yorkers would not want to listen to a southern accent? On what do you base that? Maybe McCarver is just not good? And Morgan and Buck? And maybe knowing a lot about baseball does not mean that you are good at calling games. I’m sure Susan Waldman and Jon Sterling are very knowledgable, but I’d rather stick an ice pick in my ear than listen (even if I didn’t hate the Yankees). I’ll take the current Mets crew anyday.

    • bigharold - Mar 7, 2011 at 12:17 PM

      You are comparing Mel Allen to McCarver? Why because if he were still alive Allen would be about as old as McCarver?

      Most people that don’t like him, and that accounts to just about everybody I know that watches baseball, because he never shuts up, he’s never at a loss for a idiotic back in the day reference and he’s more than a bit sanctimonious. Other than that he’s … eh OK.

      Does that clear it up for you?

    • Dan in Katonah - Mar 7, 2011 at 12:17 PM

      One more thing – during his tenure they were not just good “for a year or two”. For the beginning of McCarver’s tenure ’84-’90, the Mets won 90,98,108,92,100,87 nad 91 games, winning a WS and never finishing less than 2nd in the NL East. But hey, don’t let facts get in the way of a good baseless argument. Tell me how I hate Southerners again?

      • cintiphil - Mar 7, 2011 at 12:26 PM

        Your argument is baseless. Everyone knows that if you don’t win it all, you get booed in the City. If they don’t win the series (or even get into it) your season has failed. Any one more think. How do you know “everybody” hates McCarver? Did you do some type of scientific survey? Keep it real.

      • Dan in Katonah - Mar 7, 2011 at 2:32 PM

        I don’t know everybody hates McCarver and nor do I even believe that. But looking at this site and everywhere else that knowledgeable readers discuss these types of things, McCarver appears to be disliked by the majority. And if you read what I wrote before, you note that I used to like him when he was a local Mets announcer. I think being exposed to the same team throughout the year and not sitting next to Joe Buck allowed him to use his knowledge and actually speak in a way that does not grate on me. Now he is just superficial and a Jeter-fanboy.

        As for your argument about being a homer, that is just stupid. I prefer critical analysis from the booth from those with insight who can help me and others understand it. The current team does that well and is especially good in contrast to the Yankee bunch who seem to talk only in between shaking their pom-poms.

        Overall, Cinti, you seem to be making a mess of your arguments. Are you perhaps a writer for Tim McCarver? That would explain a lot.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 7, 2011 at 12:34 PM

      Since he was not a homer, the N.Y. fans hate him.

      I’m a Yankees fan, and I think he’s terrible because he repeatedly says stuff that’s not based in reality. He’s some of the more dumb things he’s said courtesy of the good old folks at FJM:

      • bigharold - Mar 7, 2011 at 1:27 PM

        “I think the main objection to McCarver is that he is from the South.”

        Really? How does that fit in with; “Your argument is baseless. … Did you do some type of scientific survey? Keep it real.”

        Perhaps you should refer us to the scientific research that you reviewed prior to offer your profound assessment.

        People don’t like McCarvre because he’s the worst thing you can be on TV he’s boring! He’s an overbearing know it all that can’t keep his mouth shut. As was suggested he might have been good once but that was years if not decades ago. As fans we can only listen to the same Bob Gibson and Steve Carlton stories so many times before we want to take a throw up. McCarver doesn’t seem to understand that his pearls of wisdoms and miscellaneous rambling from a bygone era are NO LONGER RELEVANT OR ENTERTAINING!!

        I’d rather perform root canal on myself than listen to McCarver so I guess I’ll be wearing out the mute button on my remote too.

  10. bigtrav425 - Mar 7, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    the troubling thing with this is how in the HELL do the fox people in charge not know how horrible Mcarver AND Buck are during baseball.It really is unbearable between those 2.probably the worst announce team ever besides Buck and Aikman on football. and whats MLB’S obsession with Bob Costas?! that guys not just bad but he is also a douchebag who thinks he knows everything

  11. apbaguy - Mar 7, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Wow-a two year extension for McCarver. I watched no Fox MLB games with audio last year. Looks like it will be two years more of that.

  12. cur68 - Mar 7, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    cintiphil; we have 14 different posters, 15 counting Craig. I’m going to discount Craig, because he didn’t offer his opinion on McCarver (this time). So it’s you, and only you, vs 13 others. Lets toss me in there; for the record, the dude’s a wind bag. If he ever said anything interesting or germain it was by accident. So that’s 14 to 1; we think he sucks the big one. So basic statistics; even with a small sample size (and samples greater than 10 tend be relatively representative, but I admit it, that’s arguable), the sample mean should roughly mirror the population mean. As such we have a relatively true statement when we say that the majority thinks he sucks. Because they do and he does.

    • Ari Collins - Mar 7, 2011 at 1:06 PM

      More importantly, just google the guy. You won’t find many people praising his announcing.

    • cintiphil - Mar 7, 2011 at 1:37 PM

      You guys still don’t get it.You can hate anyone you wish. Just don’t try to justify your dislikes with some sort of rational reasoning. People who go to the lenght’s some of you do just to avoid hearing McCarver or Costas have a problem. This blog is not a survey, scientific or not. You can write all day, but unless you do the polls that Fox does with some sort of margin or error about the guy’s like-ablility, you are just preaching to the same choir. I have no dog in this fight. I don’t even watch Fox sports, except for football. I am just telling you that I can’t figure out why you hate the guy so much, and it must be something other than what you are revealing here.

      Just say you hate him and want him replaced, without making up some sort of silly argument about his knowledge or baseball savy.

      • cur68 - Mar 7, 2011 at 1:52 PM

        cintiphil: there MUST be a reason for dislike or “hate” of someone who SHOULD be liked, but isn’t. I say “should be liked” because he occupies several overwhelmingly liked demographics. So, since scientific studies tend to start with a hypothesis, we can seek to deduce why this is so because its anomalous. In the absence of previous studies (as we have here), anecdotal evidence (people’s opinions) allows you to form hypotheses. Justifying our dislikes with rational reasoning is perfectly acceptable under the premise that to “like” vs to “dislike” is based on personal impression. Thus, the personal impressions of all posters save one (cintiphil) is that McCarver “isn’t very good at his job”. Therefore we can state that a reasonable hypothesis is that McCarver is a windbag, is boring, lacks the ephemeral qualities that make a good broadcaster, or whatever term you wish to use for “not very good at his job”. As such, it is perfectly reasonable to state why we dislike him; it would be reasonable to actually like the guy but he shits us to tears with his gas-bagging.

      • bigharold - Mar 7, 2011 at 1:59 PM

        “I am just telling you that I can’t figure out why you hate the guy so much, …”

        Because he sucks. Haven’t you bothered to read the things posted? I clearly stated that he’s boring, uses the same Gibson/Carlton references and he comes across as an ovrebearing know it all. The game has clearly passed him by. And, what sports fans hate about the guy is how he does his job, .. which as fans is our right to “hate” his job performance.

        The greater question is what do you have against New Yorkers and why would you assume that the issue is that the general dislike for him is in anyway associated with him being from the south?

  13. Reflex - Mar 7, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    I’ll take this over Bob Costas. Of course its all picking your poison, unfortunatly.

  14. cintiphil - Mar 7, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    cur68 – Mar 7, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    OK, now you have said why you hate him. Good! Now you know why Fox sports is going to shove him down your throat. They must hate NY fans, and wish to punish you so no one will watch the games, and lose all of that AD money. Makes sense to me.

    • Dan in Katonah - Mar 7, 2011 at 2:40 PM

      It isn’t scientific, but I think I know why we don’t like you, cintiphil. You use completely ridiculous generalities and stereotypes to make inane arguments and then, unsuccessfully and incorrectly, attack your detractors for allegedly using generalities and stereotypes. In short, you’re stupid and worse still, too stupid to know that you’re stupid.

      • cintiphil - Mar 7, 2011 at 3:10 PM

        And this sports fans is why they hate Costas, McCarver Buck and others. they don’t agree with them and so it is OK to hate them. Good ole Dan just said so.

      • Dan in Katonah - Mar 7, 2011 at 4:05 PM

        Thank you for proving my point…

  15. baseballstars - Mar 7, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    • bigharold - Mar 7, 2011 at 3:52 PM


      • cur68 - Mar 7, 2011 at 5:06 PM

        FTW! Man, when even Darth Vader dislikes you, your suckage is measured in orders of magnitude…

    • iamnotacoolguy - Mar 9, 2011 at 8:02 PM

      Now that is funny!

  16. rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 9, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    GREAT, now I have to hear about Cardinals this and that and Gibson talk during Yankees broadcast.

  17. iamnotacoolguy - Mar 9, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Why not just have a three man announcing team of Joe Buck, Tim McCarver and Joe Morgan….oh the wonders we would hear! (actually the thought of that actually happening makes me want to stab my ears repeatedly with a pen)….

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