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Atlanta Braves’ Brian McCann to retire after 15-year career

Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann said Wednesday that he is retiring after 15 major league seasons.

McCann, 35, revealed his plans after Atlanta’s 13-1 loss to the visiting St. Louis Cardinals in the decisive Game 5 of the National League Division Series.

“This is it for me,” he told reporters in the locker room, saying he made the decision about a month and a half ago. “I’m going to go home and be a dad and play with those kids.”

The Georgia native began his career with nine seasons with the Braves and was named an All-Star seven times before moving to the New York Yankees in 2014. He won the World Series in 2017 after a trade to the Houston Astros.

What, no tour across the entire league?

 

QLE Posted: October 10, 2019 at 12:03 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: October 10, 2019 at 12:57 AM (#5888701)
Goes out being pinch it for late in game. That was odd
   2. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: October 10, 2019 at 06:38 AM (#5888723)
He looked like a man who was ready to retire when he was trying to chase down that dropped third strike.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 10, 2019 at 08:44 AM (#5888749)
“I’m going to go home and be a dad and play with those kids.”
”...and make sure they play the RIGHT way.”
   4. Nasty Nate Posted: October 10, 2019 at 09:13 AM (#5888751)
Yeah, those wiffle ball games just got way less fun!

Anyway, a very nice career. One of a growing list of players with a good long career that took place entirely while I've been on BBTF.
   5. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: October 10, 2019 at 09:35 AM (#5888761)
“I’m going to go home and be a dad and play with those kids.”


David Ross said the same thing after 2016, and after a year said "F that!" and got back into baseball.

Goes out being pinch it for late in game. That was odd


That had to have been at his own request. No way a manager does that to him against his will.
   6. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: October 10, 2019 at 09:53 AM (#5888770)
McCann was a very fine player, and beloved in "Braves Country", as one of their homegrown players-he and Francoeur both went to HS in the metro area.

I'm glad he won a ring, and that he got to have a farewell season here.

One of my fondest in-person memories is McCann going deep off of Clemens in this game.
   7. Rusty Priske Posted: October 10, 2019 at 09:55 AM (#5888772)
Primey for #3
   8. PreservedFish Posted: October 10, 2019 at 10:32 AM (#5888792)
Do baseball players have more or less time to "play with the kids" than regular dads? They get 4+ months off every year, and although they're exercising and stuff, it's extremely easy to fit that into a daily school schedule so that they don't miss a second of the child's free time at home.

They don't get to take summer vacations together, which is a shame. But when they're home, they do at least have mornings free. Of course some players aren't home at all because their families are elsewhere - McCann had 3 teams in 4 years, so probably spent some summers away.
   9. NJ in NY (Now with two kids!) Posted: October 10, 2019 at 10:51 AM (#5888808)
Favorite tweet I saw on the topic...

"Did he turn in his badge and gun?"
   10. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 10, 2019 at 11:29 AM (#5888835)
Do baseball players have more or less time to "play with the kids" than regular dads?

Maybe more time to spend with the kids in total, due to the offseason, but they probably miss more things (birthdays, first day of school, etc.) due to being on the road a lot, especially for those whose families don't live with them in the city where they play.
   11. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: October 10, 2019 at 11:56 AM (#5888854)
Maybe more time to spend with the kids in total, due to the offseason, but they probably miss more things (birthdays, first day of school, etc.) due to being on the road a lot, especially for those whose families don't live with them in the city where they play.


Even in the offseason, they are probably working out on a schedule similar to someone who has at least a part time job. And even if your family lives in the same city, they probably don't move down for spring training.

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