McCarver needs time off for heart proceedure; Fox will go with Francona as its ALCS Game 1 (and 2) starter

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Tim McCarver is having what Fox calls a “minor heart-related proceedure” later this week that will force him out of the network’s ALCS Games 1 and 2 on Saturday and Sunday.

McCarver, who turns 70 on Oct. 16, is expeted to return for the ALCS Game 3 on Tuesday.

Former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona will take McCarver’s place next to play-by play man Joe Buck.

Earlier today, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced that McCarver was again one of the 10 finalists for the 2012 Ford C. Frick Award, which honors excellence in baseball broadcasting.

The other nine: The Dodgers’ former Spanish-language broadcaster Rene Cardenas, Skip Caray, Ken Coleman, Jacques Doucet, Bill King, Graham McNamee, Mike Shannon, Tom Cheek and Eric Nadel. The last three were the top vote-getters in an online poll by the Hall of Fame.

McCarver, Shannon (St. Louis Cardinals radio) and Nadel (Texas Rangers radio) are the active broadcasters on the ballot. Cardenas and Doucet are the only other living candidates among the finalists.

The winner will be announced Dec. 6 at the Baseball Winter Meetings.

Cardenas, who helped create the first Spanish-language baseball broadcast in 1958 with the Dodgers and worked 38 years for the Dodgers, Astros and Rangers, was on last year’s ballot along with McCarver, Cheek, Doucet, King, McNamee and Nadel. Dave Van Horne , the former radio voice of the Montreal Expos and now with the Florida Marlins, was named the winner in 2010.

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