Tim McCarver Releases Statement on Joining Cardinals Broadcast Team

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer IJanuary 19, 2014

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Tim McCarver isn't hanging it up just yet.   

McCarver, a former MLB player for the St. Louis Cardinals and Hall of Fame broadcaster, is working on a deal to join the Cardinals' broadcasting booth for the 2014 MLB season.

McCarver released a statement about the news, via Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

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. We’ll get it straightened out. I know I’ll be doing Cardinal games, I just don’t know the exact situation.

The deal with Fox Sports Midwest is not expected to be for the entire season. According to Caesar's report, McCarver will work around 30 games throughout the season for Fox Sports.

McCarver signed off from the Fox broadcast of the 2013 World Series with Joe Buck last season on Oct. 30. The 72-year-old also still hosts a nationally syndicated sports show called The Tim McCarver Show.

Before he started out as a broadcaster, McCarver was a catcher for the Cardinals from 1959 to 1969, then again from 1973 to 1974. Though he played 21 years in the MLB, his best seasons were spent in St. Louis as an All-Star in 1966 and 1967 and a World Series Champion in 1964 and 1967, according to Baseball Reference.

Though he won't be calling the game on baseball's biggest stage anymore in the postseason, McCarver told Caesar that he's happy with the move.

"It’s fabulous, a complete merry-go-round, it’s wonderful." McCarver said. "Coming back to St. Louis after starting there some 55 years ago is obviously special."

The move appears to be in direct correlation with the fact that Cardinals radio broadcaster Mike Shannon will not be calling about 50 road games this season, which makes the addition of McCarver to the TV side much simpler.

While the deal isn't finalized yet, it looks like it is nearly a done deal with McCarver talking about how it will get straightened out soon. But with an Emmy-award winning broadcaster in the booth, the Cards might be able to hear the sounds of a St. Louis favorite before the postseason even begins.


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