Tim McCarver will sign off as a broadcaster for the final time at the end of the 2013 baseball season.
The longtime Fox Sports analyst announced his retirement Wednesday. McCarver, 71, joined Fox in 1996.
“I’ve informed Fox Sports that I will not seek to extend my contract to broadcast baseball past the 2013 season,” McCarver said in a statement. “Although I am neither tired of broadcasting baseball nor have I in any way lost my interest in baseball, with which I have been associated as a player and broadcaster for 55 years, it’s time to cut back.”
McCarver’s long career in baseball started as a catcher with the St. Louis Cardinals. In 21 seasons in the majors, he hit .271 with 97 home runs and 645 RBI.
He then moved to the broadcast booth and has called games for the four major networks as well as the New York Mets and Yankees. McCarver’s broadcasting milestones include working 28 consecutive postseasons and 23 World Series.
“Since 1996, my time with Joe Buck has been filled with some of the most memorable moments in the game’s magnificent history,” McCarver said. “I am very proud to have been a part of all the things that make this game so special for all of us who follow it day to day, week to week and year to year.”