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Tim McCarver Honored By Baseball Hall Of Fame With Ford C. Frick Award In Funny Joke

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Today the Baseball Hall of Fame selected the winner of the presitigious Ford C. Frick Award.  The award is the top honor amongst baseball announcers and has been won in the past by legends like Mel Allen, Vin Scully, Jack Buck, and Curt Gowdy.  This year, the Ford C. Frick Award, which “is presented annually to a broadcaster for ‘major contributions to baseball,’” was awarded to one James Timothy McCarver today.

After exhaustive research, it was discovered that this was not a prank…

Tim McCarver is being honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame for excellence in broadcasting.

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Tim McCarver is being honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame for excellence in broadcasting.

Tim McCarver is being honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame for excellence in broadcasting.

Words cannot describe this absurdity.

In case you are still doubting this story, and I can’t blame you, here’s what the President of the Baseball HoF had to say about Timmy…

“Tim McCarver has been the face and voice of baseball’s biggest moments on national television,” said Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson. “His wit and intuition, combined with his passion for the game and his down-home style, delivers a trusted insight for viewers. Tim’s journey in reaching baseball broadcasting’s highest honor has connected generations of New York Mets fans as well as audiences across the country for more than 30 years.”

Wit?  Intuition?  Passion?  Has this guy from the Hall of Fame watched an MLB on Fox broadcast in this millenium?!?!  I’m sure McCarver was a fine analyst back in his prime, but that’s been in upwards of twenty years ago.  I know baseball ratings have been down recently, but I would have at least thought people at the Hall of Fame would still be watching games.  Then again, perhaps viewers muting televisions and mass tweeting their best attempts to mock McCarver’s announcing gems counts as “major contributions” to baseball these days.

Deadspin publicized the conference call number for anyone to ask questions of the newest honoree earlier today and then recorded hilarious audio for posterity.  The first three questions on the conference call included – Tim McCarver’s vendetta against the Yankees, whether or not he wanted to rub his fingers through Joe Buck’s hair, and my favorite… “Do you think your nomination into the Hall of Fame illegitimizes the Hall of Fame?” 

Sadly, we didn’t get McCarver’s response to that last question.

Nevertheless, Tim McCarver, the same guy who said “strike” was a five letter word and proceeded to spell it out, is being honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame for excellence in broadcasting.  The same guy that produced this montage of awfulness is being honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame for excellence in broadcasting.  

Tim McCarver is being honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame for excellence in broadcasting.

Who’s next, Scooter?

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