Has Tim McCarver of Fox Sports gone batty?
Some may think so after comments the former baseball player and now broadcaster made at a Major League game on Saturday.
While on the air at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, the city where he happened to be an All-Star catcher for the Cardinals in the 1960s and ’70s, McCarver proffered his personal thoughts about atmospheric conditions on the Earth and how they’re affecting the game of baseball.
“It has not been proven, but I think ultimately it will be proven that the air is thinner now, there has been climactic changes over the last 50 years in the world and I think that’s one of the reasons that balls are carrying much better now than I remember,” McCarver said. “You know, the ball that Ramirez hit out and the ball Freese hit out, I didn’t think either one was going to be a home run, yet they made it.”
McCarver’s fellow broadcaster Joe Buck then commented, “So that’s your inconvenient truth?” referring to Al Gore’s book, “An Inconvenient Truth” about the dangers of so-called global warming.
“Well, I think they’re going to find that out one of these days, yes, I do. That’s a theory, but we’ll see,” McCarver responded.
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Statistically speaking, McCarver could not be more off base.
The Associated Press reported last September that baseball scores were at a two-decade low, thanks in part to plummeting numbers of home runs.
“The home run average was down to 0.94 each team per game, also the lowest in 19 years and a sharp drop from 1.17 in 2000,” AP stated.
McCarver, 70, is now catching flak for his theory.
“I love Tim McCarver, and he’s one of the best at what he does,” noted radio giant Rush Limbaugh this afternoon. “But this is how insidious this [climate] propaganda is. The fact of the matter is in the past few years, home-run totals have been in a fairly steady decline. From 2000 to 2009, home-run totals are down. There aren’t more baseballs flying out of the park in the last 10 years or 11 years for whatever reason.”
Matt Yoder at AwfulAnnouncing.com said, “We’ll have to wait for the day when he releases his scientific papers on baseballs flying through a thinning atmosphere over the last fifty years. How could we have missed CLIMATE CHANGE as fundamentally changing the game of baseball amongst steroids, expansion, and the evolution of athletes?”