Tim McCarver, that biased broadcaster, has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. From here on out, he’ll be referred to as a Hall of Famer. But I’ll just call him Tim McCarver.
Tim McCarver, that biased broadcaster, has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
From here on out, he’ll be referred to as a Hall of Famer.
But I’ll just call him Tim McCarver.
Because in my eyes, he is NOT a Hall of Famer. He is a dumbfounded broadcaster who, for whatever reason, has been on the air way too long.
McCarver will be the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, which is given to those in honor of their broadcasting excellence. But in my opinion, McCarver and broadcasting excellence don’t go well together.
He is constantly negative toward the Cardinals and does not have any credibility. I can remember when he referred to former pitcher Donovan Osborne as Donovan “Os-burn." Even during this past postseason, McCarver said the word strike was made up of five letters. Add all that to his sentence structure — that I’m sure makes English teachers squirm — that’s not excellence.
McCarver was a great ballplayer, I respect him for that. In that genre, he’s still not a Hall of Famer (didn’t have the numbers nor did he stand out), but he was certainly an impacting player for the teams he played on.
Losing out on the award this year is Texas Rangers broadcaster Eric Nadel, who is the best descriptive broadcaster there is; McCarver’s former teammate Mike Shannon, who is the most unique broadcaster in the game; and a large number of others who were so much more deserving.
This is nothing more than a circumstantial election to the hall of fame.
McCarver just happened to broadcast many postseason and significant games over the years and I guess that’s what got the attention of those who elect the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award.
Hopefully next year a real broadcaster, a broadcaster who has done his job with excellence, will be elected.