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SBD/March 7, 2014/Media
Tim McCarver Inks FS Midwest Deal As Color Analyst For 30 Cardinals Games
Published March 7, 2014
THE REPLACEMENTS: In Boston, Chad Finn writes Fox "made a less-than-inspired choice to replace McCarver, and it’s disappointing given the prominence of the position." Verducci is "fine, a superb writer," and will be a "suitable information guy." But Reynolds "willfully disregards the statistical advances in baseball to traffic in hagiography, myth-making, and archaic thinking." He will "not criticize management, and he’ll over-praise certain players so much that you may start recalling McCarver's particular adorations as restrained and subtle." Fox, which "prides itself on being the fun and innovative foil to ESPN, missed a golden chance to be the latter here" (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/7).