Commissioner Rob Manfred's statement on the passing of Tim McCarver

Tim McCarver passed away at age 81.|Art or Photo Credit: AP

Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr. issued the following statement today regarding the passing of All-Star catcher and decorated baseball broadcaster Tim McCarver, who was 81:

“Tim McCarver was an All-Star, a World Series Champion, a respected teammate and one of the most influential voices our game has known. As a player, Tim was a key part of great Cardinals and Phillies teams in his 21-year career. In the booth, his analysis and attention to detail brought fans closer to our game and how it is played and managed. Tim’s approach enhanced the fan experience on our biggest stages and on the broadcasts of the Mets, the Yankees and the Cardinals.

“All of us at Major League Baseball are grateful for Tim’s impact on sports broadcasting and his distinguished career in our National Pastime. I extend my deepest condolences to Tim’s family, friends and the generations of fans who learned about our great game from him.