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A 1969 Topps Tim McCarver baseball card

Tim McCarver’s 1969 Topps baseball card

Before Tim McCarver alternated between boring and infuriating national television audiences, he was a a decent analyst on New York Mets’ broadcasts. (While he did get very repetitive about certain things, I got the impression that he was among the first broadcasters who was actually critical of the home team.)

And before that, McCarver was a major league catcher.

I’m not entirely sure why I bought this card – probably to remind myself that McCarver really was a major league baseball player long, long ago.

I may have had some thought of getting McCarver to sign it at some point, but that doesn’t seem likely. He’s appearing at a baseball card show in the Philadelphia area next month, but his fee is $59 – a bit steep for a broadcaster I don’t particularly like.

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Really? Tim McCarver is being honored by the Hall of Fame?

English: Former MLB player and broadcaster Tim...
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Between the Jose Reyes news conference, the Marlins spending money like it’s going out of style, and rumors about Ike Davis and Jonathon Niese that I hope Joel Sherman was starting ¬†just to get a reaction, I almost overlooked this bit of news yesterday.

Tim McCarver won the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award, which is given to a baseball broadcaster each year. In the past, it’s gone to legends like Mel Allen, Red Barber, Ernie Harwell, Vin Scully and Bob Murphy.

Can we please hurry up and start baseball season, while I still have some desire for it to return?