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FOX’s Tim McCarver undergoes minor heart surgery

Oct 6, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

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From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that baseball broadcaster Tim McCarver underwent a successful minor heart procedure on Thursday.

Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona has already been named McCarver’s replacement on FOX for the first two games of the ALCS, but the veteran McCarver should be able to return in time for Game 3 if his recovery goes as planned. Francona will essentially be making his broadcasting debut.

McCarver has been a commentator since the late 70s and has been paired on FOX with Joe Buck since 1996. Whether you despise that pairing or McCarver himself, good health is always worth rooting for.

  1. richeich - Oct 6, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    Good luck from a long time fan.Get Well!
    A Cardinal fan

  2. dpeter11 - Oct 6, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    I hope he is okay, but I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who actually likes the way he calls a game. Tim to hang it up, Tim! Oh, and Deion Sanders was awesome for throwing water on Tim repeatedly! That was hilarious!

    • Glenn - Oct 6, 2011 at 10:02 PM

      To Tim’s credit, he called out Deion on that at the time and said he was a coward. Deion ran. That said a little bit about both men.

  3. dpeter11 - Oct 6, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Time to hang it up I mean

  4. 23yankees - Oct 6, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    It is minor when it is someone else.

  5. micker716 - Oct 6, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    No need to rush back, Tim. Your health should be the top priority. For your sake and ours, OK mostly ours, what do you say to sitting this one out?

    • natstowngreg - Oct 6, 2011 at 11:48 PM


  6. yyyass - Oct 7, 2011 at 8:03 AM

    Best of luck to him with his health, but his commentary drove me away from watching baseball years ago. These commentators are compelled to overanalyze so many things to fill the voids in the action, and he’s amongst the worse. If they ever filled the time in with legitimate analysis instead of trotting out cliches all the time that would be one thing, but it’s like baseball is perpetually your grandfather’s game.

    • paperlions - Oct 7, 2011 at 9:36 AM

      I don’t wish anything ill for McCarver, I hope he recovers quickly and lives a long life….but his baseball announcing is all kinds of horrible. An announcer should provide insights to enhance the viewing experience, he is too busy trying to convince people how smart he is…he just gets in the way of the game.

  7. montaukcharlie - Oct 8, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Well, it took an “act of God” to get rid of him, at least for a while. I’m sure he is not in nearly as much pain as the pain he has caused us over these many years. He is the worst.

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