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Mets fire McCarver
Ex-catcher replaced on TV team by Tom Seaver
Posted: Wednesday February 03, 1999 03:29 PM
NEW YORK (AP) -- Tim McCarver, a New York Mets broadcaster for the past 16 seasons, was fired Wednesday by the team and replaced by Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver.
McCarver said he was notified by the Mets Wednesday morning that his contract was not being renewed. The move doesn't affect his job with Fox Sports, where he is the network's lead analyst for its national broadcasts.
"They were fairly blunt, saying, 'We're not picking up next year as far as your contract is concerned,'" McCarver said. "The word tradition was mentioned, I think that is why Tom is the guy coming back."
McCarver, nominated 10 times for Sports Emmy Awards but never a winner, is known for his outspokenness.
"Speak what you perceive as the truth," McCarver said was his philosophy. "If that's outspokenness, that's fine."
There were rumors that manager Bobby Valentine was upset with McCarver's criticism last June after Mel Rojas blew a game against the Yankees.
"He never came up to me and told me he was upset with anything," McCarver said.
Bob Rosen, McCarver's agent, said it may be too close to spring training for McCarver to line up a local broadcasting job for this season.
"My suspicion is we will over the course of the season field about 18 different offers for the season following," Rosen said.
The Mets' over-the-air games, which had been broadcast on WWOR since the team's inception in 1962, are being switched to WPIX this season, with the Yankees moving from WPIX to WNYW, Fox's New York station. Rosen said McCarver would not be a good fit for WNYW because many of its Yankees broadcasts are on the same days as Fox network telecasts.
Seaver won National League Cy Young Awards for the Mets in 1969, '73 and '75 and is the most beloved player in team history. He is a former broadcaster for the Yankees.
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