Tim McCarver to Retire from Broadcasting After 2013 Season

Baseball broadcaster Tim McCarver announced on Wednesday that this season will be his last in the booth as a color commentator. 

McCarver has called baseball games on Fox with Joe Buck since 1996.

"I wanted to step down while I know I can still do the job," McCarver said Wednesday. "It's not a sad thing for me."

According to the Associated Press, the 71-year-old McCarver "worked 28 consecutive MLB postseasons on network television dating to 1984, providing analysis for a record 23 World Series." He has called more World Series games than legends like Mel Allen and Vin Scully, the greatest baseball announcer to ever live. 

McCarver also played 21 years in the majors between 1959 and 1980. 

He said he wanted to leave while in good health so he could enjoy time in Napa, California and go to Italy to take cooking classes. 

And in a comment that could say it all, Joe Buck, the son of legendary Cardinals broadcaster Jack Buck, said he had learned more about broadcasting from McCarver than "even my father."


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