McCarver says this year will be his last doing Fox MLB schedule

Tim McCarver greets the crowd before accepting the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting as part of the Baseball Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y., in July, 2012. (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth, File)

Tim McCarver has told Fox Sports this will be his final season doing full-time analysis on the Major League Baseball game of the week going into his 18th year with the network.

On a conference call this morning, McCarver, who turned 71 last October, said he informed management last month of his decision not to renew his contract past 2013.

“Timing is everything, and I wanted to step down while know I could still do the job and be proud of what I’ve done,” said McCarver, the 2012 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award by the Baseball Hall of Fame and associated with the game as a player or broadcaster for 55 years. “It’s not a tough call, not a sad thing for me.”

McCarver, who underwent minor heart surgery in the fall of 2011, said his health was “fine” and actually that procedure “turned out to be a false positive during a routine heart exam. I have seen others perhaps pushed out of this business because of health issues and the minute they cut back or step away, they don’t live that long. I plan on living a very long life, believe me.”

His plan is to also broadcaster with partner Joe Buck for the entire season, including Fox’s coverage of the All Star game, playoffs and World Series, starting with a regional broadcast on April 6 (Detroit at N.Y. Yankees).

McCarver, who began as a player in 1959, worked 28 straight postseasons on network TV going back to CBS in 1984. He has covered 23 World Series and 20 All-Star Games. He started broadcasting for the Phillies in 1980 and did 16 season with the Mets, three with the Yankees and one with the Giants in addition to his national network roles.

McCarver, married for nearly 50 years to wife Anne and with two grown daughters, said having grandchildren now and his interest in wine, which has led to him buying a home in Napa, is what he looks forward to turning to after baseball.

“Joe’s probably going to laugh at this, but I also want to travel to Italy and take cooking classes,” said McCarver. “I also love to read and I’ll have ample time to do all those things.”

“Basically,” Buck chimed in, “he’s going to be Hannibal Lector.”

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