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The World Series, between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals, begins tonight at Boston's Fenway Park.

The New York Times notes this morning that this year's Fall Classic also will mark the final time that Tim McCarver, the former catcher who has parlayed his on-field experience into a reputation as one of baseball's most knowledgeable and candid (if occasionally wordy) television analysts, will call the World Series.

The story notes that while McCarver, 72, has not ruled out returning to broadcasting at some point, plans to retire so he can "pursue his passions for wine and cooking."

McCarver has not talked much about his retirement, saying he prefers to keep the attention on the games, but the Times writes that "while McCarver has been criticized for excessive word play and for overanalyzing plays, he is perhaps best known for his uncanny ability to anticipate what will happen ... McCarver’s partners attest to his intensity; his breadth of interests; his quirks (like slathering sandwiches with mayonnaise and craving crab bisque); and his desire to improve his language skills (injecting a new word of the day into his broadcasts)."
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