“Good habits are as easy to form as bad ones.”
Tim McCarver played in the Major Leagues for almost 20 years. McCarver was a good player who was a two-time All-Star and was second in the National League MVP voting in 1967. McCarver played a big role on two World Championship teams with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1964 and in 1967. Tim McCarver also played for the Phillies, the Expos and the Red Sox. McCarver became the first Major League catcher ever to lead his League in triples – 13 in the N.L. In 1966. Tim McCarver has broadcast Major League Baseball for every major television network. McCarver also has broadcasts baseball locally for the Phillies, Mets, Yankees, Giants, and he currently announces for the Cardinals. McCarver has won three Emmy Awards for broadcast excellence.
Tim McCarver is right. Good habits are as easy to form as bad ones. It is important to remember that most of the time, those good or bad habits are formed by the time a person is in his early 20’s. McCarver had good habits and was a winning type player who handled pitchers very well. McCarver’s relationship with his battery mate with the Phillies, Hall of Fame pitcher Steve Carlton, was so good that McCarver said that when we die, Steve Carlton and I will be buried 60’6″ apart. McCarver also developed a strong bond with another Hall of Fame pitcher, Bob Gibson. Tim McCarver played on some terrific teams, and he helped make those teams better. With the passage of time, McCarver has received more and more criticism for his broadcasting. No matter how you feel about his announcing, what is important to remember is that he provided a great deal of insight, and that enabled him to rise to the top of his profession and to stay there for more than 30 years.