Following a season-ending 13-1 shellacking at the hands of the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS, Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann told the press that he has hung up his cleats and chest protector for the final time.
The 35-year-old didn’t beat around the bush when standing at his locker, he said that “This is it for me…I’m gonna go home, be a dad, and play with those kids.” The catcher from Athens, Georgia added that he was proud to have “Had a long career” and that he was fortunate enough to, “Do it in my hometown.”
McCann has long been associated with the city of Atlanta, and the mutual respect between player and club was apparent on social media. Hundreds of tweets thanking the seven-time all-star lit up, including some from famous teammates Chipper Jones and Mark Teixeira.
More important than any of the tweets, however, were the words spoken inside the same locker room. Game 3 hero Dansby Swanson probably voiced it better than anyone on Wednesday night when he remarked that, “There are so many lessons to be learned from a guy like him. He’s one of the best to do it and there’s just so many things he does for us away from being actually on the field that makes such a lasting impact on you.”
McCann leaves the MLB with a career .262/.337/.452 slash line, 26 home runs per 162 games, a 31.8 career WAR, and a World Series ring with the Houston Astros. Apart from his times in Atlanta and Houston, McCann also played for the New York Yankees.
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