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Portrait of Tim McCarver

Tim McCarver 1BCardinals

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
21 6206 .271 .337 .388 .274 31.3
Birth Date10-16-1941
Height6' 0"
Weight183 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1959 SLN 17 8 26 24 3 4 1 0 0 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .231 .208 .154 -1.6 -0.1 -0.2
1960 SLN 18 10 10 10 3 2 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .181 0.6 -0.0 0.1
1961 SLN 19 22 68 67 5 16 2 1 1 23 0 5 0 0 1 6 0 0 .239 .239 .343 .207 -1.1 -0.1 -0.1
1963 SLN 21 127 443 405 39 117 12 7 4 155 27 43 2 4 5 51 5 2 .289 .333 .383 .266 15.9 -0.5 1.7
1964 SLN 22 143 515 465 53 134 19 3 9 186 40 44 1 4 5 52 2 0 .288 .343 .400 .274 28.1 -1.2 3.0
1965 SLN 23 113 444 409 48 113 17 2 11 167 31 26 1 3 0 48 5 1 .276 .327 .408 .267 19.5 1.2 2.3
1966 SLN 24 150 586 543 50 149 19 13 12 230 36 38 2 5 0 68 9 6 .274 .319 .424 .276 30.4 -0.2 3.4
1967 SLN 25 138 540 471 68 139 26 3 14 213 54 32 5 6 4 69 8 8 .295 .369 .452 .316 52.6 -0.7 6.1
1968 SLN 26 128 467 434 35 110 15 6 5 152 26 31 1 4 2 48 4 3 .253 .295 .350 .261 14.0 0.1 1.8
1969 SLN 27 138 576 515 46 134 27 3 7 188 49 26 2 6 4 51 4 9 .260 .323 .365 .266 21.8 4.4 2.9
1970 PHI 28 44 180 164 16 47 11 1 4 72 14 10 1 0 1 14 2 2 .287 .346 .439 .273 3.9 1.2 0.5
1971 PHI 29 134 525 474 51 132 20 5 8 186 43 26 1 4 3 46 5 3 .278 .337 .392 .283 27.3 -2.0 2.9
1972 MON 30 77 259 239 19 60 5 1 5 82 19 14 1 0 0 20 4 4 .251 .309 .343 .255 7.8 2.0 1.2
1972 PHI 30 45 173 152 14 36 8 0 2 50 17 15 2 2 0 14 1 2 .237 .318 .329 .273 3.0 0.6 0.4
1973 SLN 31 130 382 331 30 88 16 4 3 121 38 31 2 7 4 49 2 0 .266 .339 .366 .268 8.0 -4.8 0.3
1974 BOS 32 11 34 28 3 7 1 0 0 8 4 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 .250 .344 .286 .233 0.4 0.1 0.1
1974 SLN 32 74 136 106 13 23 0 1 0 25 22 6 3 5 0 11 0 1 .217 .353 .236 .254 2.8 0.2 0.3
1975 BOS 33 12 22 21 1 8 2 1 0 12 1 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 .381 .409 .571 .331 2.0 0.1 0.2
1975 PHI 33 47 73 59 6 15 2 0 1 20 14 7 0 0 0 7 0 0 .254 .397 .339 .276 1.5 -0.0 0.2
1976 PHI 34 90 194 155 26 43 11 2 3 67 35 14 1 2 1 29 2 1 .277 .409 .432 .311 14.3 -0.1 1.6
1977 PHI 35 93 205 169 28 54 13 2 6 89 28 11 2 6 0 30 3 5 .320 .410 .527 .318 16.5 -0.4 1.7
1978 PHI 36 90 180 146 18 36 9 1 1 50 28 24 2 4 0 14 2 2 .247 .367 .342 .270 7.9 -0.4 0.8
1979 PHI 37 79 161 137 13 33 5 1 1 43 19 12 1 2 2 12 2 0 .241 .333 .314 .226 1.3 -0.5 0.1
1980 PHI 38 6 7 5 2 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 .200 .333 .400 .315 1.0 -0.0 0.1
Career1909620655295901501242579721485484223064356456149.271.337.388.274277.8-1.231.3

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1959 SLN MLB 8 26 .154 .270 .344 .421 .276 .174 106 -2.8 0.7 0.4 -0.1 0.5 -1.6 -0.2 -1.6 -0.2
1960 SLN MLB 10 10 .181 .237 .291 .344 .237 .250 96 -0.8 0.3 0.1 -0.0 0.9 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
1961 SLN MLB 22 68 .207 .264 .322 .409 .261 .246 104 -3.7 1.9 1.1 -0.1 -0.2 -1.1 -0.1 -1.1 -0.1
1963 SLN MLB 127 443 .266 .246 .302 .365 .257 .312 105 2.5 11.1 6.7 -0.5 -5.1 15.9 1.7 15.9 1.7
1964 SLN MLB 143 515 .274 .254 .306 .372 .257 .300 105 6.8 13.2 7.9 -1.2 3.0 28.1 3.0 28.1 3.0
1965 SLN MLB 113 444 .267 .249 .308 .375 .260 .272 105 2.7 11.2 6.7 1.2 1.4 19.5 2.3 19.5 2.3
1966 SLN MLB 150 586 .276 .256 .308 .382 .261 .275 98 8.6 14.9 8.9 -0.2 -3.1 30.4 3.4 30.4 3.4
1967 SLN MLB 138 540 .316 .250 .305 .363 .261 .290 99 26.3 13.0 7.7 -0.7 2.8 52.6 6.1 52.6 6.1
1968 SLN MLB 128 467 .261 .243 .296 .343 .257 .261 87 0.6 10.3 6 0.1 -0.4 14.0 1.8 14.0 1.8
1969 SLN MLB 138 576 .266 .248 .314 .367 .258 .260 97 3.2 14.8 9 4.4 -2.3 21.8 2.9 21.8 2.9
1970 PHI MLB 44 180 .273 .251 .323 .380 .259 .287 99 2.3 4.9 3 1.2 -3.2 3.9 0.5 3.9 0.5
1971 PHI MLB 134 525 .283 .252 .312 .367 .259 .279 100 10.9 13.0 7.6 -2.0 -1.9 27.3 2.9 27.3 2.9
1972 MON MLB 77 259 .255 .246 .304 .363 .260 .250 102 -1.1 6.0 2.2 2.0 -0.1 7.8 1.2 7.8 1.2
1972 PHI MLB 45 173 .273 .245 .308 .353 .260 .248 97 2 4.1 2.4 0.6 -1.3 3.0 0.4 3.0 0.4
1973 SLN MLB 130 382 .268 .254 .319 .374 .257 .280 101 3 10.1 -4.2 -4.8 1.1 8.0 0.3 8.0 0.3
1974 BOS MLB 11 34 .233 .248 .306 .354 .248 .259 114 -0.9 0.9 0.3 0.1 0.3 0.4 0.1 0.4 0.1
1974 SLN MLB 74 136 .254 .256 .323 .368 .262 .219 103 -0.7 3.5 0.8 0.2 -1.0 2.8 0.3 2.8 0.3
1975 BOS MLB 12 22 .331 .256 .321 .387 .262 .444 112 1.5 0.6 0.2 0.1 0.1 2.0 0.2 2.0 0.2
1975 PHI MLB 47 73 .276 .264 .326 .372 .259 .275 104 1.2 1.9 0.5 -0.0 -1.2 1.5 0.2 1.5 0.2
1976 PHI MLB 90 194 .311 .253 .313 .355 .256 .286 104 9.3 4.9 2.1 -0.1 -0.7 14.3 1.6 14.3 1.6
1977 PHI MLB 93 205 .318 .262 .325 .400 .260 .304 106 12.3 5.7 2.5 -0.4 0.1 16.5 1.7 16.5 1.7
1978 PHI MLB 90 180 .270 .251 .311 .366 .253 .280 104 1.7 4.7 1.6 -0.4 0.7 7.9 0.8 7.9 0.8
1979 PHI MLB 79 161 .226 .258 .324 .376 .254 .254 104 -5.7 4.5 2 -0.5 -0.0 1.3 0.1 1.3 0.1
1980 PHI MLB 6 7 .315 .288 .343 .388 .263 .200 99 0.4 0.2 -0.1 -0.0 0.4 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1959 SLN MLB 26 3 4 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 .167 .231 .208 .042 .154 -1.6 -0.1 -0.2
1960 SLN MLB 10 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .000 .181 0.6 -0.0 0.1
1961 SLN MLB 68 5 16 2 1 1 6 0 5 0 0 .239 .239 .343 .104 .207 -1.1 -0.1 -0.1
1963 SLN MLB 443 39 117 12 7 4 51 27 43 5 2 .289 .333 .383 .094 .266 15.9 -0.5 1.7
1964 SLN MLB 515 53 134 19 3 9 52 40 44 2 0 .288 .343 .400 .112 .274 28.1 -1.2 3.0
1965 SLN MLB 444 48 113 17 2 11 48 31 26 5 1 .276 .327 .408 .132 .267 19.5 1.2 2.3
1966 SLN MLB 586 50 149 19 13 12 68 36 38 9 6 .274 .319 .424 .149 .276 30.4 -0.2 3.4
1967 SLN MLB 540 68 139 26 3 14 69 54 32 8 8 .295 .369 .452 .157 .316 52.6 -0.7 6.1
1968 SLN MLB 467 35 110 15 6 5 48 26 31 4 3 .253 .295 .350 .097 .261 14.0 0.1 1.8
1969 SLN MLB 576 46 134 27 3 7 51 49 26 4 9 .260 .323 .365 .105 .266 21.8 4.4 2.9
1970 PHI MLB 180 16 47 11 1 4 14 14 10 2 2 .287 .346 .439 .152 .273 3.9 1.2 0.5
1971 PHI MLB 525 51 132 20 5 8 46 43 26 5 3 .278 .337 .392 .114 .283 27.3 -2.0 2.9
1972 MON MLB 259 19 60 5 1 5 20 19 14 4 4 .251 .309 .343 .092 .255 7.8 2.0 1.2
1972 PHI MLB 173 14 36 8 0 2 14 17 15 1 2 .237 .318 .329 .092 .273 3.0 0.6 0.4
1973 SLN MLB 382 30 88 16 4 3 49 38 31 2 0 .266 .339 .366 .100 .268 8.0 -4.8 0.3
1974 SLN MLB 136 13 23 0 1 0 11 22 6 0 1 .217 .353 .236 .019 .254 2.8 0.2 0.3
1974 BOS MLB 34 3 7 1 0 0 1 4 1 1 0 .250 .344 .286 .036 .233 0.4 0.1 0.1
1975 PHI MLB 73 6 15 2 0 1 7 14 7 0 0 .254 .397 .339 .085 .276 1.5 -0.0 0.2
1975 BOS MLB 22 1 8 2 1 0 3 1 3 0 0 .381 .409 .571 .190 .331 2.0 0.1 0.2
1976 PHI MLB 194 26 43 11 2 3 29 35 14 2 1 .277 .409 .432 .155 .311 14.3 -0.1 1.6
1977 PHI MLB 205 28 54 13 2 6 30 28 11 3 5 .320 .410 .527 .207 .318 16.5 -0.4 1.7
1978 PHI MLB 180 18 36 9 1 1 14 28 24 2 2 .247 .367 .342 .096 .270 7.9 -0.4 0.8
1979 PHI MLB 161 13 33 5 1 1 12 19 12 2 0 .241 .333 .314 .073 .226 1.3 -0.5 0.1
1980 PHI MLB 7 2 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 .200 .333 .400 .200 .315 1.0 -0.0 0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

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This article requires BP Premium accessPebble Hunting: This Time, We CountSam Miller2014-07-16
This article requires BP Premium accessPebble Hunting: The Meaning of 3-0 Green LightsSam Miller2014-05-16
This article requires BP Premium accessBaseball's Seven Wonders: Mariano Rivera's Postseason PerformanceSam Miller2014-01-14
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Yankees Sign Brian McCann, Get What They Pay ForBret Sayre2013-11-25
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Yankees Sign Brian McCann, Get What They Pay ForBen Lindbergh2013-11-25
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: World Series Game Five Recap (Cardinals Edition)Sam Miller2013-10-29
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: World Series Game Two Recap (Red Sox Edition)Ben Lindbergh2013-10-25
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: World Series Game One Recap (Cardinals Edition)Ben Lindbergh2013-10-24
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Five Recap: Red Sox 4, Tigers 3Sam Miller2013-10-18
The Lineup Card: 11 Postseason Ads, Slogans, and Theme Songs That Are Still Stuck in Our HeadsBaseball Prospectus2013-10-16
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Boston, Xander Bogaerts, and the Return of Ultra-Young Talent Ben Lindbergh2013-08-20
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: The AL Comes Up AcesDaniel Rathman2013-07-17
This article requires BP Premium accessOverthinking It: Getting to Know the New Insane Strikeout Rate RelieversBen Lindbergh2013-07-05
BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 169: The Retirement of Tim McCarver/Is Clubhouse Chemistry Less Important Than it Used to Be?Ben Lindbergh2013-03-28
BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 169: The Retirement of Tim McCarver/Is Clubhouse Chemistry Less Important Than it Used to Be?Sam Miller2013-03-28
BP Unfiltered: The Most Surprising Players with StatuesBen Lindbergh2013-03-15
This article requires BP Premium accessIn A Pickle: All-Stars Are Not All StarsJason Wojciechowski2013-02-21
This article requires BP Premium accessSobsequy: Why Some Fringy Minor Leaguers Make ItAdam Sobsey2013-02-06
Inside The Park: The Man of MissouriBradford Doolittle2013-01-21
Pebble Hunting: How to PitchSam Miller2012-12-28
The BP Wayback Machine: Firing Up the Wayback MachineKevin Goldstein2012-12-28
This article requires BP Premium accessPebble Hunting: Balls That Look Like StrikesSam Miller2012-11-05
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Head Games: Mistake Swings and Forbidden StealsWill Woods2012-09-11
This article requires BP Premium accessIn A Pickle: Carlos Santana, and the Choice of a GenerationJason Wojciechowski2012-08-30
In A Pickle: A.J. Pierzynski and the Last Thing You ExpectedJason Wojciechowski2012-08-23
The Week in Quotes: July 16-22Hudson Belinsky2012-07-23
The Week in Quotes: July 16-22Andrew Koo2012-07-23
The Week in Quotes: July 16-22Jonah Birenbaum2012-07-23
The Week in Quotes: July 16-22Matthew Rocco2012-07-23
This article requires BP Premium accessPebble Hunting: How Pitchers React to Home RunsSam Miller2012-07-11
BP Unfiltered: Home Runs Aren't Always MistakesBen Lindbergh2012-06-24
BP Unfiltered: Today's Tim McCarver TracerBen Lindbergh2012-06-24
Baseball ProGUESTus: Global Warming and Home Runs: Is There a Connection?Alan M. Nathan2012-06-05
Expanded Horizons: An Hour with Marvin MillerTommy Bennett2012-04-26
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: The Hate List, Part IJay Jaffe2012-04-13
This article requires BP Premium accessBates' Dugout Motel: Valentine Speaks!Michael Bates2012-03-01
Heartburn Hardball: Jack Morris in MotionJonathan Bernhardt2012-01-13
This article requires BP Premium accessWorld Series Prospectus: Mixed-Up ConfusionJay Jaffe2011-10-25
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Pebble Hunting: Footloose and Fastball-FreeSam Miller2011-07-19
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Beat: Who Am I?Jason Collette2011-07-06
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: Suzyn WaldmanDavid Laurila2011-04-25
What You Missed: 4/11-4/15Stephani Bee2011-04-15
Spitballing: Never Tell Me the OddsJeremy Greenhouse2011-04-14
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2006--Setting the Stage: Personal CatchersKeith Woolner2006-03-23
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-03-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Tim McCarver is retiring (after this year, alas). How do we get rid of Joe Buck? Lock him in a room with William Shatner and Newt Gingrich ponderously repeating shopworn chiches until Buck's head explodes?
(one down from one to go)
The mute button. (Bret Sayre)
2011-03-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Opening day is next Friday in these here parts and there are still a few inches of snow on the ground and the temperature out there is below the freezing point and windy. Wax poetic on the great game and warm my soul, won't you.
(R.A.Wagman from Section 203)
To quote Ernie Harwell quoting some "Solomon" guy:
"For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
the flowers appear on the earth;
the time of the singing of birds is come,
and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land."
I hope that helps, even if the "voice of the turtle" turns out to sound alarmingly like Tim McCarver. (Emma Span)
2010-08-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Re: arbitrarily categorizing it. Baseball has a history. We have line drives and fly balls and popups. The mainstream has to be eased intot hat. It *wouldn't* be categorized for background analysis, but Tim MCCarver is NEVER going to say "Ichiro catches 45% of BIP with a VLA of greater than 13.75%" Similarly the question of categorization of pitches. They are categorized for the media: fastball, cutter, cut fastball, slider, slurve, curve, etc are EXISTING constructs that are used. Yes, the speed and spin and break are all on a continnuum, but no one is going to say "That pitch had 2450 rpms in the plane 5% off perpendicular with a vertical movement of X and a horizontal movement of Y." It's going to be a "curveball". What's the record for most Grand Slams allowed by a pitching staff in a season, and is that really the infamy Jerry Manuel is going for?
(Foghorn Leghorn from Outhouse)
All of those categories are shorthand - they're an abstraction, standing in for reality. Abstractions can be helpful, but they can also keep us from thinking about the reality beneath. In the case of batted balls, ones on the border tend to not be very well served by arbitrary binning. And those are the ones that are the most interesting, I think. (Colin Wyers)
2010-02-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Your opinion on Will's "be stupider" post?
(ssimon from Pelham, NY)
I think it's really important to understand things and appeal more broadly, and there's nothing wrong with that. It's like my arguements I have about Tim McCarver as an announcer. I understand that he upsets people and I understand why YOU don't want him in the booth. But we are in the minority, we are going to watch the game no matter who is doing it. Tim McCarver is there for the masses, and they love him, and Fox is RIGHT to have him there. Personally, I want to bring the masses up and have them expect more in the end, as opposed to just sitting on my high horse like an elitist and calling everyone stupid. That gets me nowhere. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-11-02 15:00:00 (link to chat)Best Tim McCarver pre-game "Key" to the game ever: Joe Blanton is "gutty." You can't make this stuff up.
(bowie from Cal)
I'm "gutty," too, but I suspect it's a different definition of the word. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-10-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Worse hazard to the ears in Game 2: Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, or hearing 50,000 drunk New Yorkers chant "who's your daddy?" over and over for four hours?
(David from Delaware)
Well, there's a finite chance Pedro and the Phillies could win that game, so I'd say Buck and McCarver are the worse hazard. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-08-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Nice peice on the man behing FOX's baseball production. When Pete Macheska mentioned that they basically let Tim McCarver dictate they're usage of stats during their broadcasts my head nearly exploded. Were you able to keep a straight face when he said that?
(Steve from NJ)
Thanks. Could I keep a straight face? Sure. Pete Macheska (and Tim McCarver, for that matter) are very, very successful at what they do, and while I think I made it clear in the article I don't agree with some of their decisions, or their decision-making process, it's their broadcast -- they have every right to their opinions. Was I -surprised- by that response? At the time, absolutely, but in retrospect I probably shouldn't have been. My takeaway is that the gap between what I believe and what they believe is bigger than I expected it to be. Maybe I'm naive that way. (Ken Funck)
2008-10-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)According to ESPN, Boras is pushing for a longer contract for Manny. How many years do you think he'll get? Where? And why does Tim McCarver get so worked up about Manny, yet he doesn't seem to be bothered by Brett Myers's penchant for wife-beating?
(Nick Stone from New York, NY)
Hey Nick! Thanks for dropping by. Realistically, I don't see Manny getting four (or more) years anywhere, though I think somebody could flatter him via a three-year deal that approaches A-Rod's average annual value. While I think the Dodgers are players for him, I see the Mets as potential suitors, but my sleeper pick is the Phillies given the Charlie Manuel connection (managed him in the minors in 1993, and again in 1999, serving as the Indians' hitting coach in between), Burrell's free agency, the ballpark, the fact that they're a winning team right now.

As for the McCarver thing, yeah it really is galling to hear him and Buck slobbering over Brett Myers without at least acknowledging his off-the-field woes, even if they are (hopefully) behind him. The guy is no mensch, and there's zero excuse for riding a high horse regarding what Manny is alleged to have done while ignoring something that's considerably more serious. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-10-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)Being french and a soccer fan, I can't understand why there is playoffs at the end of the regular season, isn't it enough to play 162 games to determine which team is the best? I understand that win or die formats are fun but in this case you could have another competition with a tournament format.
(Daniel from Paris)
French AND a soccer fan? My God, man, you've got two strikes against you already... But I'm kidding. Seriously, I'm flattered that someone half a world away is taking an interest in baseball and BP.

We here in America tend to like playoffs, whether you're talking about a one-game winner-take-all like the Super Bowl or a best-of-seven like the World Series, because they create a spectacle that captures a much larger audience than in the regular season. For baseball, the tradition of doing so goes back over a century, and baseball loves none of its traditions as much as the World Series. Of course, that would be more obvious if Fox weren't subjecting us to the factually challenged, obnoxious team of Tim McCarver and Joe Buck to narrate that spectacle every year.

As for "another competition with a tournament format," well, the World Baseball Classic is trying to accomplish that but facing problems of buy-ins because of the timing and the fragility of pitchers' arms. The WBC was a fun exhibition last time around, but it didn't settle anything because many of the top players from the various countries didn't particiapte. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-05-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Got a sabermetrics 101 sort of question: Ellsbury's probably never going to be an incredibly productive hitter. I can't imagine (nor does he project) .330/20 hr years ahead. That said, and not to get all Tim McCarver, the kid seems to "make stuff happen" when he's on the basepaths. He's not just stealing bases, he's freaking pitchers out, he's forcing bad throws. Is there a stat/metric that will help me understand the objective impact of that as opposed to the lazy-color-guy version of it?
(jeff from sacramento)
Every study that's ever been done shows that the saw about a guy on first base distracting a pitcher is garbage. Players hit MUCH worse in ABs with a stolen-base attempt than they do otherwise, and the rest of the value in having a guy on first is in the first baseman holding and creating a hole, and that happens with 95% of baserunners. Once again, I say: baseball players are much, much more mentally tough, as a group, than they're given credit for, You can't shake a major-league pitcher by taking a big lead. (Joe Sheehan)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveDoes Buck's new show include him singing the classics with Tim McCarver? (Steph Bee)
2009-10-28 17:00:002009 WS Game One"Just not carrying."

"It's a wind tunnel."

Tim McCarver, ladies and gentlemen. (Will Carroll)
2009-10-16 13:00:00NLCS Game Two/ALCS Game OneAnd Tim McCarver gets his first "I told you so" regarding Jeter hitting to right field with two strikes. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-10-22 16:30:00World Series Game OneThe horror is that Buck really is the best of the nepotistas in the booth. To borrow a line from Bernie Lincicome, that's like determining the shortest midget in the circus, but it's always a wonder to me, that national networks wind up employing "national announcers" who frequently know a lot less about the teams than their fans. I'd rather see the team's booth voices rotated in (one announcer, both teams' color men), and skip the corporate delusion that America welcomes Tim McCarver into their homes. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-10-13 17:00:00NLCS Game FourHelpful advice from a reader:

"bmcgehee (NashVegas, TN): More of a public service announcement. If you abhor Tim McCarver and want to hear the Scully broadcast, it's at wnsr.com" (Jay Jaffe)
2008-10-10 13:30:00Friday LCS"Steve (ND): The fact that Joe Buck and Tim McCarver are doing the NLCS is ____% of the reason why you're doing the roundtable for the ALCS."

Zero percent.

I know there's a small group who love to know how the sausage gets made, so for those of you...we found that if we try and do more than one game, it's hard to staff it and keep the comments coming. So we'll stick to one at a time, and today, more people were available for the later game.

We're years from some kind of "alternate audio," largely because media companies pay hundreds of millions of dollars for exclusivity. But that so many of you ask is flattering.
(Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-10 13:30:00Friday LCS"Steve (ND): The fact that Joe Buck and Tim McCarver are doing the NLCS is ____% of the reason why you're doing the roundtable for the ALCS."

Buck/McCarver in the postseason is both unavoidable and poisonous. In order to last out the World Series, you have to keep the dosage low, early. (Derek Jacques)
2008-09-30 16:30:00Twins/White Sox Play-In Game"Josh (Sacramento): Mauer and Morneau are now both 0 for 3. Which one is Buster Olney more likely to write needs to see a sports psychologist tomorrow?"

Mauer, obviously. All I can hope is that it gets him in a fistfight with Tim McCarver over his anti-catcher bias. (Derek Jacques)