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Yankees Hire Tim McCarver

February 10, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ Tim McCarver will be introduced as a broadcaster for the New York Yankees on Tuesday, a source at Fox Sports told The Associated Press.

McCarver, also the lead baseball analyst for Fox’s national broadcasts, will be able to work about 42 games for WNYW, the Fox affiliate that will televise Yankees games this season. His hiring by WNYW was confirmed by the source, speaking on the condition he not be identified.

McCarver was fired by the New York Mets last week after 16 years as the team’s analyst and replaced by Tom Seaver.

WNYW general manager Mike Wach has already expressed interest in bringing McCarver on board. The major hurdle was receiving Yankees owner George Steinbrenner’s approval, which has been given.

The announcement was scheduled for Tuesday so Steinbrenner could attend.

McCarver’s partner is expected to be former Yankees outfielder Bobby Murcer.

McCarver’s agent, Bob Rosen, said Tuesday that he still had not spoken with the Yankees or the WNYW.

``It’s not a done deal,″ Rosen said. ``We haven’t even begun negotiations yet, but Tim is interested and I’m just waiting for the call.″

When the Mets fired McCarver, they admitted they had heard complaints within the organization that he was too critical. But executives said they got rid of him only to make room for former-Met Tom Seaver.

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