McCarver retiring from stellar broadcasting career

Broadcasters Joe Buck (left) and Tim McCarver (Reuters)

Broadcasters Joe Buck (left) and Tim McCarver (Reuters)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:20 PM ET

ST. LOUIS - It's awfully difficult for a writer to evaluate a broadcaster during the post-season when you are at a game.

Some scribes use earplugs and listen to a radio broadcast ... others watch TV on their laptops.

Usually, you don't hear about what an announcer says until hours after a game or even the next day. Like:

- Game 5, 1990 National League Championship Series. Cincinnati Reds manager Lou Piniella made a double switch, inserting left-handed hitting catcher Jeff Reed into the No. 7 spot in the eighth inning. The next inning with the bases loaded, Pittsburgh Pirates lefty Bob Patterson retired Reed on a game-ending, double play. Pinch-hitters Billy Hatcher and Glenn Braggs sat unused on the bench because Piniella was out of catchers.

"I know my team better than Tim McCarver," said Piniella the next day. McCarver had predicted that the Reds could find themselves in such a mess in the eighth inning on the telecast.


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