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Bob Gibson is the luckiest pitcher I ever saw. He always pitches when the other team doesn't score any runs.

James Timothy "Tim" McCarver
St. Louis Cardinals
Catcher

When Steve and I die, we are going to be buried in the same cemetery, sixty feet, six inches apart.

Describing the rapport between himself and former batterymate Steve Carlton

James Timothy "Tim" McCarver
St. Louis Cardinals
Catcher

I remember one time going out to the mound to talk with Bob Gibson. He told me to get back behind the batter; that the only thing I knew about pitching was that it was hard to hit.

James Timothy "Tim" McCarver
St. Louis Cardinals
Catcher
Contributed by: A Dodger Fan

The playoffs are the wedge between the season and the World Series. If you lose, it means you won't be going to the greatest sports event in this country; you're forgotten by Thanksgiving.

James Timothy "Tim" McCarver
St. Louis Cardinals
Catcher
Contributed by: Jonathan Chapman

Catchers don't catch high sinkers; batters hit them hard.

James Timothy "Tim" McCarver
St. Louis Cardinals
Catcher

Hitting is rhythm and if you allow major-league hitters to see only one pitch -- to swing repeatedly through a certain area of the plate -- eventually they'll get to you and begin to hit it, even if it's a great fastball. But anybody who can control and switch off between two first-class pitches will make the hitters start reaching, either in or out, and then the game belongs to the pitcher. Besides all that, Bob had such great stuff and was so intimidating out there that he'd make the batter open up his front shoulder just a fraction too fast, no matter what the count was. The other key to good hitting, of course, is keeping that shoulder -- the left shoulder for a right-handed batter, I mean, and vice-versa -- in place, and the most common flaw is pulling it back. Gibson had guys pulling back that shoulder who normally wouldn't be caught dead doing it. Their ass was in the dugout, as we say.

On his former batterymate, Bob Gibson

James Timothy "Tim" McCarver
St. Louis Cardinals
Catcher

The Phillies let Bob Boone go (after the 1981 season) because they said he couldn't throw anymore -- a terrible rap. So he goes over to the Angels and leads the league in throwing out runners and takes the Angels right to the doorstep of the World Series. He's conscientious and always in great shape, and his throwing is only a little part of it. I never could throw well, so I always thought calling a game was the biggest thing. That will never become a noted part of the game, because there are no stats for it, and the fans don't care about it, and most of the scouts don't know a whole lot about it, either. Even today, scouts and some managers will say, "He can really catch" when they mean, "He can really throw". This is real bullshit, because throwing just isn't a very important part of it, when you think about it. Gene Mauch is one of the few managers who really understood and appreciated catching. I always felt some resentment about not being appreciated, but that was balanced out by pitchers who knew what I was doing back there. Some of them didn't appreciate me until the time came when they had to pitch to somebody else.

James Timothy "Tim" McCarver
St. Louis Cardinals
Catcher

The best-kept secret in all of baseball is Steve Garvey's poor pitch selection.

Noting with irony after the 1982 season when Garvey had 625 at-bats and only twenty walks, ten of them intentional

James Timothy "Tim" McCarver
St. Louis Cardinals
Catcher

It's much easier to work a good hitter than a poor hitter. Poor hitters have no idea what you're going to throw to begin with, so why try to outthink them? You go after them with stuff, rather than with pitch selection. But there's beauty in working a good hitter.

James Timothy "Tim" McCarver
St. Louis Cardinals
Catcher

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