Tim McCarver Has A Theory

During this weekend’s Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals game, FOX Sports broadcaster Tim McCarver, he of not being able to properly count the number of letters in the word strike, offered his opinion on why there are more home runs being hit these days.

It has not been proven, but I think ultimately it will be proven that the air is thinner now, there have been climactic changes over the last 50 years in the world, and I think that’s one of the reasons balls are carrying much better now than I remember. I think they’re going to find that out one of these days, yes I do … that’s a theory, but we’ll see.

A few notes:

  1. Thank goodness Mr. McCarver prefaced his statement by informing us that it hasn’t been proven. I would have been so confused, as I previously believed the broadcaster to be an environmental scientist.
  2. My favourite climactic change was at at the end of The Sixth Sense.
  3. Through thick and thin, I really don’t know what effects climate change has had on the air quality of our planet, but in discussing the issue with a few people over the weekend and today, I’m pretty sure I’ve spent more time thinking about the effects that climate change has had on our planet’s air quality than McCarver.
  4. It’s kind of interesting that despite the “thinner air” across North America, the home run rate at the Major League level and the home run rate at the Minor League level haven’t increased at the same rate.

If you ask the great baseball writer Roger Kahn, McCarver was one of the smartest men in baseball. I don’t think that was meant to reflect negatively on the rest of baseball. I have a sneaking suspicion that the joke here isn’t on Mr. McCarver. I think it’s on us. Mr. McCarver, at 70 years old, is punking all of us, saying bat shit crazy stuff just to see the response. I mean, he can’t be that oblivious, right?

Comments (25)

  1. That’s a great photo, but doesn’t even come close to your collection of Bud Selig pics.

  2. Probably the same reason why Strasburg’s pitches are now clocked at 115mph.

  3. At least he’s not a denier…

    • Yet, he probably did more disservice to cause than any denier could dream of doing by themselves.

      “Oh, McCarver believes in climate change? Hmm. I’m not so sure now.”

  4. ya, it probably has nothing to do with players being in better physical condition than ever before.

  5. I think McCarver is on to something. Being lighter, the wind should also be faster now, and since we know that speed doesn’t slump and that it can be gritty the only conclusion should be more home runs. The difference in MLB and MILB home run rates is likely due to the noticeable differences in air testing…

    • You’ve never been a university classroom. It clearly shows. Unless you’re being sarcastic, get your highschool grades up.

      • *in a university classroom.

      • Not sure if serious…

      • Guess I should have checked the stupidity meter of the room before posting. A word of advice, the next time you are too stunned to recognize sarcasm and annoying baseball memes you might want to ensure your attempted insult doesn’t contain spelling mistakes. However, I am sure an intelligent soul like yourself was already possessing the requisite self-awareness to realize this. See? Sarcasm, you’ll get the hang of it.

  6. Wouldn’t the air be thicker with pollution?

    I guess climate change is also suffering from a narrative built around a small sample size.

  7. So Bud Selig is behind Chem-Trails? It’s all starting to make sense.

  8. 1. Baseball Stadiums – Relatively Smaller
    2. Baseballs – Same Size
    3. Pitch Speed – Greater
    4. Hitters – Larger – Greater Bat Speed

    Items 3. and 4. have a cumulative impact on relative velocity ‘v’.The kinetic energy is a square based on 1/2mv^2. So these impacts impact the distance the ball is hit. The interesting part is that the pitchers are better so we can assume less solid contact. It would suggest that we could expect increased slugging percentages and lower averages moving forward if the trends continue.

  9. the Fox game of the week is narritiveville. what they sell is baseball, tradition and stories. what McCarver said is perfect fodder for the consumers of the product.

    to give a local perspective, it’s kinda like when you come across a ridicules front page of the toronto sun, you may roll your eyes ask yourself “who reads this stuff?” the answer is a whole lot of people.

    nothing to see here, move along.

    • Who reads the cover page of the Toronto Sun? This guy! Nowhere else can I find such lowest common denominator (but still hilarious) puns.

      My favourite (after the story broke about Adam Giambrone and his sex “scandal”: GIAM-BONER!!!

  10. I thought that myth busters made the correlation to humidity or lack there of contributing to more home runs in dry locations rather than thinner air…hence the humidifier at Coors. Climate change would actually cause there to be less home runs…. In any event you have to be half retarded to sit around and come up with this as a reason for more home runs. What is next…Gravitational shift due to asteroids altering earths mass slightly.

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