Former Fox, CBS, ABC and NBC baseball analyst Tim McCarver, who was in the analyst chair for 24 World Series, has officially retired.
McCarver, who last called games on the national stage in the 2013 World Series, had worked Cardinals games for six years after that and had been on hiatus during the pandemic.
“I think I’m happy about it,” he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I think that’s the best.”
The 80-year-old former World Series-winning catcher had all but officially been retired the last couple of years, but the announcement is still notable.
For 18 years, McCarver and Joe Buck called the World Series on Fox, with Buck saying at one point that he learned more about broadcasting from McCarver than his father, Jack.
“There will never be another one like him,” Buck said during the 2013 season. “I personally think it’s a tougher analyst job than in the NFL, NHL, NBA. Because of that, it’s the hardest role to fill. He’s done it forever and there’s a reason why — it’s not that easy.”