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Friday, December 06, 2013

Noble: In pursuing McCann, Yanks draw from Boss’ playbook

I once took a violent swollen header at a McCann’s Bar in NYC. I’m feeling woozy again.

Once Chipper Jones was something less than an everyday player for the Braves, McCann subtly slid into the role Jones was vacating. He became the player who provided a sense of on-field security for teammates.

“No doubt Mac [McCann] would be one to fill that role,” Jones said Thursday night by telephone. “He comes by that naturally. He does make the players around him feel more secure. They sense his strength. That’s what makes this a really good signing by the New York Yankees. He could very well could become the segue between the Jeter era and the next era. He might be the next era.

It isn’t difficult to imagine him gradually assuming that role with the Yankees even next season if Jeter is something less than a regular. Even on teams with position player stars, catchers can’t help but become a source of security.

Even if Jeter plays five days a week, his influence will begin to diminish if his performance wanes. Even he can’t lead from the dugout any more than Mariano Rivera could lead from the bullpen.

A void in the Yankees’ on-field hierarchy began developing last summer when Jeter was a fulltime resident of Florida.

McCann is enough of a player to have impact in the clubhouse based solely on performance. Cashman suggested Hall of Fame induction would be in the catcher’s future if he performs at the levels he established with the Braves and the Yankees resume playing regularly in October. But there is more to McCann’s game than boxscores tell us.

“He’s in that [Jason] Varitek-Munson mold,” Jones said. “Varitek was the heart and soul of the Red Sox, and from what I know, Munson was that for those Yankees teams.

“Mac brings it every day. He’s a different dude when he pulls that mask down. The Yankees knew what they were doing. They want out fast and got what they wanted.”

Repoz Posted: December 06, 2013 at 06:58 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: December 06, 2013 at 11:38 AM (#4611837)
In pursuing McCann, Yanks draw from Boss’ playbook

I'm sure that's a big complicated playbook.

1: Write enormous check to All-Star free agent
2: Repeat as necessary
   2. KT's Pot Arb Posted: December 06, 2013 at 01:54 PM (#4612231)
What was the role, banging Hooters waitresses?

Cause I never saw Chipper go red-ass on an opponent just because they were too happy about hitting their first MLB home run.
   3. donlock Posted: December 07, 2013 at 08:00 PM (#4613203)
McCann subtly slid into the role Jones was vacating. He became the player who provided a sense of on-field security for teammates.

Today's players need on-field security from another player? McCann "subtly slid into the role". "Subtly"? On-field assholery is being subtle? What will the Bravos do next year without their on-field security?

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