NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Baseball analyst Tim McCarver said Wednesday he will “step down” from his position at Fox after this season.
“I wanted to step down while I know I can still do the job and proud of the job I’ve done,” he said during a conference call.
The 71-year-old said he had been thinking about moving on for a couple of years. Fox executives visited him at his home in Florida this winter to discuss extending his contract, which expired after the 2013 season, and McCarver already had made up his mind.
“It’s not a tough call,” he said. “It’s not a sad thing for me.”
Later on WFAN radio, McCarver was adamant the word “retirement” shouldn’t be used.
“I didn’t announce my retirement,” McCarver told WFAN’s Mike Francesa. “I just said I was stepping away from doing the job that I’ve done since 1996, and that’s the game of the week, the All-Star game and postseason baseball. … I am by no means retiring next year. I’ve got to do something, and I know there will be plenty of things out there to do.”
He added: “I still have my television show, and I don’t know where that’s going to go, but there are plenty of things with which to stay busy. But I am by no means retiring.”