Tim McCarver was a broadcaster for the Mets from 1983 to 1998. He covered the team’s games on television during its rise to and descent from contender status. McCarver was on the air for the Mets on WWOR-TV and the SportsChannel Cable station.
McCarver was a catcher in the major league for 21 seasons. He had a career batting average of .271 with the Cardinals, Phillies, Expos and Red Sox. Tim was a member of the Cards’ World Championship teams of 1964 and 1967 as well as their pennant-winning club of 1968. He played for the Phils’ division winners from 1976 to 1978. McCarver began his career as a baseball announcer on WPHL-TV in Philadelphia during the Phillies’ World Championship season of 1980.
After three years in the Phils’ booth, McCarver joined the Mets. He broadcast for the team as it went from rags-to-riches-to rags. In Tim’s first Mets season, the team ended up last in the National League East Division for the fifth time in seven years. They followed up with seven seasons of first and second place finishes and a World Championship. Between 1991 and 1997, the Mets dropped back to low level standings positions before rising again. They returned to being a contender in McCarver’s final year of 1998.
During his time with the Mets, McCarver also served as a baseball analyst on national television. As a commentator for ABC, he covered the Mets’ victory in the 1986 National League Championship Series. Tim also covered major league games for the CBS and FOX television networks in the 1990s and 2000s.