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By From Sun news services | October 9, 2008
Manny Ramirez has been nearly unstoppable since joining the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 1. Tim McCarver, who will call the National League Championship Series on Fox television, is among those who have noticed. "It's extraordinary - the dichotomy between what he was in Boston and what he is in Los Angeles," McCarver said, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. "I mean, talk about wearing out your welcome in a town, and it was a long welcome with the Red Sox. But some of the things he did were simply despicable, despicable - like not playing, refusing to play.
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By From Sun news services | October 9, 2008
Manny Ramirez has been nearly unstoppable since joining the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 1. Tim McCarver, who will call the National League Championship Series on Fox television, is among those who have noticed. "It's extraordinary - the dichotomy between what he was in Boston and what he is in Los Angeles," McCarver said, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. "I mean, talk about wearing out your welcome in a town, and it was a long welcome with the Red Sox. But some of the things he did were simply despicable, despicable - like not playing, refusing to play.
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By Milton Kent | October 14, 1997
No one who has heard Tim McCarver analyze a baseball game could dispute that he knows the game to a fare-thee-well. The former Phillies-Cardinals catcher, who is one of the few major-leaguers to play in parts of four different decades, has probably forgotten more baseball than most of us will ever know.But McCarver can be tough for a viewer to take over the length of a series, because:1.) He doesn't sense when to make a point and when to leave it alone.2.) He can't help making really bad puns.
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By RAY FRAGER | October 19, 2007
Taking a spin around the sports media block while thinking about how much I'll miss all those Frank TV promos: With the World Series beginning next week, expect to hear the wails of protest about how Fox's Tim McCarver overanalyzes a game, stating and restating the obvious. Not to deny that point, but John Madden has accentuated the obvious in each of his network NFL gigs, yet he hasn't been subject to the same widespread criticism. Maybe McCarver would fare better if he had a best-selling video game named after him. A quick difference noted between the look of TBS' postseason baseball coverage and that of Fox: TBS doesn't go quite so heavily into the extreme close-ups of faces on the field, in the dugout and in the stands, meant to convey the high tension and intensity of certain moments.
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By Jack Craig and Jack Craig,Boston Globe | January 7, 1992
First returns will be in next weekend on whether a baseball analyst also can be a charming co-anchor of the Winter Olympics for a predominantly female audience of 60 million for 15 straight nights.Tim McCarver and Paula Zahn have worked well together on CBS' "Winterfest" programs, but have been seen only on tape. Next Saturday afternoon, the first of three live "Winterfests" will air with the co-anchors interspersing taped programming with live commentary, the format they will use during the Winter Games in Albertville, France, starting Feb. 8.Zahn is almost sure to succeed.
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By RAY FRAGER | October 16, 1992
It turns out that Deion Sanders isn't just pulling a football-baseball double; this guy also wants to be a water carrier. But don't ask Tim McCarver for a review of Sanders' Gunga Din act.Wednesday night, while CBS' McCarver was in the Atlanta Braves locker room conducting post-game interviews, Sanders dumped ice water on him three times.Apparently, this wasn't just Sanders' way of celebrating the Braves' National League pennant."I thought it was a deliberate, cowardly act," McCarver said yesterday.
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By RAY FRAGER | April 19, 1991
A year wiser and at least $100 million poorer, CBS returns to covering major-league baseball tomorrow (Detroit Tigers-Chicago White Sox, 1 p.m., channels 11 and 9).Tim McCarver also returns, along with play-by-play partner Jack Buck, and, though he may admit to the wiser part, McCarver won't get into a discussion of CBS' loss on the first year of its four-season, $1.1 billion baseball contract."Not my department," McCarver said this week. "That has nothing to do with the production. Our job is to produce the best possible game."
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By Phil Jackman and Phil Jackman,Staff Writer | July 14, 1993
The comment was so timely, one might have guessed it was Jeane Dixon providing analysis on the All-Star telecast last night, not Tim McCarver.No sooner had Atlanta right-hander John Smoltz come on as a reliever as the American Leaguers batted in the sixth inning when McCarver said, "What you have to watch out for here is the wild pitch."The words were scarcely airborne when Smoltz bounced a pitch by his catcher and a run scored, the seventh by the Americans. To prove it was no fluke, Smoltz flipped another one halfway to the backstop and another run trooped in.This call proved just one of many gems of information and conjecture dispensed by McCarver and his CBS play-by-play partner Sean McDonough to more than support the network's excellent pictures.
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By RAY FRAGER | October 15, 2004
FOX BASEBALL announcer Tim McCarver supposedly sucks the air out of every game he works, overanalyzing, belaboring the obvious, never letting the drama build. To hear his critics tell it, you could have flipped between Wednesday's presidential debate and Game 2 of the American League Championship Series and heard McCarver wonking it up more than John Kerry ever does. But let's be fair. Sort of. Below are some things McCarver actually did say during Game 2 between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, along with a few we invented.
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By RAY FRAGER | October 19, 2007
Taking a spin around the sports media block while thinking about how much I'll miss all those Frank TV promos: With the World Series beginning next week, expect to hear the wails of protest about how Fox's Tim McCarver overanalyzes a game, stating and restating the obvious. Not to deny that point, but John Madden has accentuated the obvious in each of his network NFL gigs, yet he hasn't been subject to the same widespread criticism. Maybe McCarver would fare better if he had a best-selling video game named after him. A quick difference noted between the look of TBS' postseason baseball coverage and that of Fox: TBS doesn't go quite so heavily into the extreme close-ups of faces on the field, in the dugout and in the stands, meant to convey the high tension and intensity of certain moments.
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By RAY FRAGER | July 15, 2005
SPILLING OUT the notebook and offering up small pieces of my mind (which is about all I can afford to give up): On Sunday, ESPN begins its "SportsCenter Across America" summer tour, in which various anchors fan out across the country, appearing at sporting events in all 50 states on 50 consecutive days. We'll get plenty of baseball drop-ins - from the majors to minors to youth league - and a few more off-the-beaten-track appearances, such as from skydiving, freestyle Frisbee and pie-eating events.
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By RAY FRAGER | October 15, 2004
FOX BASEBALL announcer Tim McCarver supposedly sucks the air out of every game he works, overanalyzing, belaboring the obvious, never letting the drama build. To hear his critics tell it, you could have flipped between Wednesday's presidential debate and Game 2 of the American League Championship Series and heard McCarver wonking it up more than John Kerry ever does. But let's be fair. Sort of. Below are some things McCarver actually did say during Game 2 between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, along with a few we invented.
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By Milton Kent | October 14, 1997
No one who has heard Tim McCarver analyze a baseball game could dispute that he knows the game to a fare-thee-well. The former Phillies-Cardinals catcher, who is one of the few major-leaguers to play in parts of four different decades, has probably forgotten more baseball than most of us will ever know.But McCarver can be tough for a viewer to take over the length of a series, because:1.) He doesn't sense when to make a point and when to leave it alone.2.) He can't help making really bad puns.
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By Milton Kent | October 13, 1997
For most of Fox's baseball broadcast season, Bob Brenly works on the network's second team, but gets the equivalent of a September call-up when he's added to the first team for the October playoffs.It's a tricky situation, as Brenly, who had about four years of broadcast experience when he joined the network last year, must find a place between Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, the usual No. 1 team.Brenly has been on the mark throughout the American League Championship Series, blending some fine observations with a good sense of humor.
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By MILTON KENT | October 12, 1997
Apparently, there's some angry chatter among, shall we say, ignorant fans in both Baltimore and Cleveland about the tone of the Fox announcers, complaining that Joe Buck, Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly are not saying the right things about their respective clubs or cities.That kind of talk is either the work of a flagship radio station trying to entice people away from television or of folks who just don't know any better.For instance, though it may have stung Orioles ears to hear it, McCarver was doing his job and well, in the top of the sixth, when he sharply criticized the Orioles -- and by extension, manager Davey Johnson -- for not putting Harold Baines in motion on a 3-2 pitch with Chris Hoiles at the plate.
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By Milton Kent | October 10, 1997
You won't see or hear "Elvis" during Fox's American League Championship Series coverage, but its presence is kingly to what the network hopes to achieve this week."
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By MILTON KENT | October 12, 1997
Apparently, there's some angry chatter among, shall we say, ignorant fans in both Baltimore and Cleveland about the tone of the Fox announcers, complaining that Joe Buck, Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly are not saying the right things about their respective clubs or cities.That kind of talk is either the work of a flagship radio station trying to entice people away from television or of folks who just don't know any better.For instance, though it may have stung Orioles ears to hear it, McCarver was doing his job and well, in the top of the sixth, when he sharply criticized the Orioles -- and by extension, manager Davey Johnson -- for not putting Harold Baines in motion on a 3-2 pitch with Chris Hoiles at the plate.
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By Milton Kent | October 13, 1997
For most of Fox's baseball broadcast season, Bob Brenly works on the network's second team, but gets the equivalent of a September call-up when he's added to the first team for the October playoffs.It's a tricky situation, as Brenly, who had about four years of broadcast experience when he joined the network last year, must find a place between Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, the usual No. 1 team.Brenly has been on the mark throughout the American League Championship Series, blending some fine observations with a good sense of humor.
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By MILTON KENT | October 9, 1997
If Fox has proved anything in its second season of baseball coverage, it's that it can bring the game to life through technology, with enhanced sound, pictures and graphics.You hear and see things in a Fox game that you haven't seen or heard in a baseball setting ever before, and the network deserves recognition for that alone.But the proof, especially at this time of year, is in the announcing talent, and for last night's first game of the American League Championship Series, the voices were up to the level of the technical brilliance.
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By Phil Jackman | July 14, 1993
And after six days of fun, frivolity and excitement, they decided to play a baseball game. What's there to say about a 9-3 blowout?Well, for openers, both the pictures and the talk sent our way by CBS were first-rate.Good thing, because the network had a formidable task trying to sustain the momentum of superior performances by some of the local stations and ESPN in setting the table for last night's showcase.With all suspense as to the outcome pretty well gone shortly after mid-game, it came down to the little things:The comment was so timely, one might have guessed it was Jeane Dixon providing analysis on Russell Street last night, not Tim McCarver.
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