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Facepalm: A Rant Against Baseball’s Worst Announcer

(For those that don’t know, the term “facepalm” is used when someone says something so stupid, so dumb, that your only response is to cover your face with your hand. Because knowledge is power!)

I’m not a violent person. When I get frustrated, I don’t get into fights or start kicking puppies. I deal with my anger constructively: I grab a pint of Chunky Munky and watch a So You Think You Can Dance? marathon. But everyone has their limits, their threshold, their boiling point. I’ve found mine. Which is why, should I ever come without striking distance of Fox Sports announcer Tim McCarver, I don’t think I could stop myself from punching him in the throat. Sure, there would be criminal charges, but at least that fool would stop talking.

I have no evidence to corroborate this claim (and I really don’t care, this is a rant, not a thesis), but Tim McCarver has to be the worst announcer in the history of baseball. Unless Rain Man or Fran Drescher have appeared in the announcer’s booth without my knowledge, Tim McCarver cannot be topped. I know there are many people that have problems with announcers like Ken “Hawk” Harrelson being more a cheerleader than an actual announcer, but I’m not one of them. I could listen to that man say “Chopper two hopper!” all day, which is fortunate because he will absolutely say it all day.

Hawk is like that crazy uncle everyone claims to have: he obviously has a few screws rattling around upstairs, but his stories are funny (even if you know they aren’t true) and his delivery is priceless. McCarver, on the other hand, is more like the senile grandparent who never seems to realize what’s going on, yet keeps on talking as if someone is listening. What is this guy’s deal? He has become the bane of the postseason, but somehow Fox can’t find a better broadcaster to replace him? This is a man who didn’t stop to think that comparing the Yankee organization’s treatment of Joe Torre to the Third Reich might be a little, I don’t know, tasteless. The same man who, when he apologized for said comment, sort of forgot to actually apologize.

But that comment isn’t the reason for this rant. Whether it’s butchering a Latin player’s name, telling a story that has nothing to do with baseball, or just not knowing the rules of the game, Tim McCarver says dumb things on a frighteningly regular basis. I did a little searching to find some of the stupider things McCarver has said during his time announcing baseball games (and believe me, there are a lot of them). Here are some of my favorites:

2005 World Series, Game 4: “Roy Oswalt is a drop and drive pitcher. What is a drop and drive pitcher? He is a guy who drops and drives. Very simple.”

Same game (which went 14 innings): “In the time it’s taken to play this game you could have flown from Baltimore to Iceland.”

1993 World Series: “Watch Darren Daulton use his mitt like a glove.”

2002 ALCS (Following a Giambi walk): “Giambi walks too much. He’s always clogging up the bases with all that walking.”

2003 World Series: “Beckett’s retired 19 batters through 6 1/3 innings. He’s having a phenomenal night.” (Try and find a pitcher who went 6 1/3 and didn’t retire 19 batters, regardless of the night he had. Go ahead, I’ll wait.)

“One thing about ground balls: they don’t go out of the ballpark.”

“A walk is as good as a homerun.”

And, finally, my favorite…
(Following a David Ortiz home run in the 2004 ALCS): “Mount Everest erupts again!” (*facepalm*)

Also, I think Family Guy really nailed the idiocy of McCarver with this flashback

(Thanks to these two sites for providing quotes from this madman)


  1. Denny Brown says:

    I agree 1000% that Tim McCarver is the worst announcer ever in baseball. The sooner Fox replaces him the sooner their ratings will skyrocket.

  2. DH says:

    One of my favorite McCarverisms, I think in reference to Roy Oswalt (for some reason Oswalt brings out the worst in him): “The first thing they teach pitchers in little league is to throw to the catcher.”

    Listening to McCarver in the post-season makes me realize how much I enjoy watching baseball, though. There is no other activity that I care enough about to willingly subject myself to four hours of maddeningly banal blather. Maybe McCarver is MLB’s litmus test of the true fan: if you don’t turn the sound off, you get a prize.

  3. Senator Towel says:

    Yes. McCarver is pathetic. However, calling baseball games is a hard job. If you listened to a tape of me calling the Midwest Conference Tournament, I bet I said some stuff even dumber than that. (Well, maybe not.)

    Thank you, Harris. You have inspired me to remind the world that there are some good broadcasters out there to offset this drivel, and so I shall now FINALLY write Part II of Voices of the Game.

  4. JP says:

    my mom likes mccarver because he makes baseball simple. for the same reason, she enjoys john maddon’s broadcasting. both broadcasters make their respective sports “accessible” to people who know nothing about the game.

    however, in spite of her mccarver-esque comments, i still love my mommy.

  5. Braf says:

    Who is John Maddon?

  6. JP says:

    Tanks 4 da spel-chek. 😉

  7. Mike Rosenbaum says:

    Harris and I watched Game 2 last night and couldn’t even keep track of all the McCarver inspired, facepalm moments.

    The best was when they showed an ad for a new tv show over a conversation between Buck and McCarver. If FOX is wise, they will continue that trend.

  8. Stephen Rosenbaum says:

    Excellent piece. Hawk does suck, but can’t compare to Tim. How about a story about baseball’s best, Vin Scully

  9. Mike Rosenbaum says:

    Justin already wrote an article about Vin Scully.


    It’s excellent, per usual.

  10. nate says:

    wow listening to Tim Mcbutcher now. Anything that doesnt look like the 1920 fundamentals video that father nelson taught Tim how to play b-ball too. goes so far over his head that he then totally butchers what actually just happened on the field. i.e. B. Phillips fields ball to right and lets momentum take him around that same way and narrowly misses throwing out runner and butcher rips Phillips for spinning the wrong way. thats just a small one of many of the inside game nuiances that have passed the old man by. get rid of the 20’s videos and get w/ todays stronger faster players and maybe you could make it more interesting to the future of the game ,our youth instead of boring kids and adults alike to turning the channel. I bet Deion Sanders isn’t watching the Butcher announce right now.

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