Tim McCarver's well-deserved award
Tim McCarver is the well-deserved winner of the Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence. He has his detractors, but McCarver gets my vote as the best, most influential baseball broadcaster. He is baseball's John Madden. He has changed how an analyst calls a game.
He hit his broadcasting stride calling Mets games in the 1980s and then moved to national games with ABC, CBS and now Fox. I'd argue McCarver, 70, remains as good today as ever, and he says he has no plans to retire.
"My energy for the games has not changed,'' McCarver said. "I still love what I do.''