McCann has more eye problems, will go back to glasses

Philadelphia – It’s Brian McCann’s 2009 nightmare revisited: more vision problems that will require the Braves catcher to switch to playing in glasses again beginning Saturday.

“It’s beyond frustrating,” said McCann, who played in glasses for the first time in 2009, then underwent a second round of Lasik eye surgery in a two-year span in October in hopes of alleviating the problem.

Instead, he’s struggled to see out of his right eye in night games, and his .243 overall average includes .180 (9-for-50) with no homers and five RBIs in 15 night games.  (He’s hit .375 with two homers in nine day games.)

Until Friday, McCann had not mentioned to anyone other than his personal eye doctor that he was having more problems. Not even to manager Bobby Cox.

“This is going to be the last resort,” said McCann,  who kept quiet because he hadn’t wanted attention focused on his problems like it was a year ago, nor did he want anyone to think he was using his vision as an excuse for slumping.

Not until he was asked by a reporter Friday whether he was OK – an obvious question given that he was out of the lineup for a second consecutive game – did McCann explain what’s been going on.

“I haven’t said anything,” he said in a hallway of the visitor’s clubhouse, in a quiet and resigned tone. “I’m going to have to wear the glasses again.”

Cox said he didn’t find out about McCann’s recurring issue until Thursday in Washington, D.C.

“It’s been bothering him at night,” Cox said. “Brian’s been seeing his eye doctor more than a few times during the course of the season; I didn’t know that, either.”

McCann had to be fitted for new glasses because the prescription he had last season was no longer accurate following Lasik surgery on his left eye in October.

The new glasses are to arrive Saturday in Philadelphia — which by remarkable coincidence is the one-year anniversary of the first game McCann played in glasses in 2009, also against the Phillies in Philadelphia.

“We’ll give it a go,” Cox said. “The day games don’t bother him at all, and he thinks with the glasses he won’t have any problem with night games. We’ll see what happens. It’s a little worrisome, but he seems pretty confident this will work.”

Much like a year ago, when it was the left eye causing problems, McCann has spent a month trying single contact lenses, medicated drops and anything else suggested by his personal eye doctor during a series of visits since Opening Day.

He had some problems in the limited number of night games during spring training, but  hoped that the brighter, better lighting of major league ballparks would remedy that. It has not.

“It’s not like, ‘Oh, man, it’s not working,’” McCann said. “It’s just that instead of cutting the right eye — they were hoping they wouldn’t need to — but when I play a night game….

“We definitely knew this was a possibility. The whole deal’s frustrating. I wasn’t going to sit here and make a big deal out of it. I’m gonna wear [the glasses] and play. The good thing is, I know I can play in the glasses.”

A year ago, he hit .195 and two homers in 41 at-bats over his first 13 games before going on the disabled list in late April.

He wore glasses after coming off the DL and hit .386 with 19 RBI in his first 30 games back, and .289 with 19 homers and 87 RBI over his final 125 games.

Why didn’t he just have the right eye fixed at the same time as the left eye in October? McCann said it was because his right-eye vision wasn’t significantly below normal and the doctor explained to him that it was prudent to allow the right eye to possibly correct itself during the offseason months.

If possible to avoid having a second Lasik procedure on both eyes in such a relatively short span, then that’s what they would do. The October 2007 procedure was done on both his eyes, and McCann didn’t have any problems in 2008.

The Lasik procedure done during a season would require a stint on the disabled list and isn’t something that’s been recommended for McCann, who said he’s not sure yet whether he’ll have more work done on the right eye after the season or possibly just play in glasses from now on.

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Freddie Freeman

May 7th, 2010
6:26 pm

itcouldbeworse

May 7th, 2010
6:29 pm

once again i ask why can’t he get his glasses in about a hour at lens crafters like the rest of us??

McCann Fan

May 7th, 2010
6:34 pm

Mac, dude, please just wear the glasses. You can make it much cooler than Kurt Rambis ever did! You will get used to it and become the .300 + Hall of Famer you should become.

Best of luck to Mac!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Greg Norton

May 7th, 2010
6:38 pm

No Heyward, Moyer on the mound…I smell a no-hitter!

Playoffs!?!?

May 7th, 2010
6:42 pm

Can McClouth get his eyes checked again? Can Melky see the eye doctor too? How about Matt Diaz? Chipper? Escobar? How about a team eye doctor who goes on road trips. An eye coach?

Playoffs!?!?

May 7th, 2010
6:46 pm

Can Bobby make an appointment with a neurologist?

YoungerThan ThatNow

May 7th, 2010
6:50 pm

Being born with the same problem and battling it all during my high school years, I can relate to his problem. But the glasses (or more lasik surgery) will fix it for the next 15-20 years, but after that mid 40’s birthday… as bad as I hate to say it… it will show up again like gangbusters. But by that time Mac will have put in a HOF caliber career and made all us Georgians and Braves fans proud. And another tip… about the time you blow out the candles on that big 40 birthday cake, go ahead and get fitted for reading specs too, bud. Best wishes to you Mac & GO BRAVES!!

Gooch

May 7th, 2010
7:00 pm

The glasses must really bother him if he’s waiting this long to do anything about it. He’ll be fine. He was an All-Star last year with glasses. Wish he had made the move sooner. He might have a lot of RBIs right now if he had been wearing them all along. I guess it is a night game thing, though, because he raked it in Spring where they play mostly day games. Please start hitting soon Mac. Please.

RHR

May 7th, 2010
7:25 pm

You know he has got to be so frustrated. Good luck, Heap!

OldTimer

May 7th, 2010
7:26 pm

Back in my day, we didn’t let baby faced doctors blast us with laser beams. WTF?

badnewsbraves

May 7th, 2010
7:29 pm

This team sucks…they will be swept in phillie..guaranteed…fire WREN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

McFann Ô

May 7th, 2010
7:30 pm

RHR

Oh yeah. And you could see it on his face. He’s been looking t’d for quite some time, now.

FIREFRANKWREN.COM

May 7th, 2010
7:30 pm

why should Wren be allowed to keep his job? what the heck has he ever done?? he was run out of Baltimore..lets run him out of Atlanta

Roto Rooter

May 7th, 2010
7:35 pm

Is he sure he wants to see what his teammates are doing?

Hess

May 7th, 2010
7:35 pm

What were u waiting for mac your average to hit 100. This team is so bad it’s not going to matter after the phils sweep this weekend and they lose 2 of three to the brew crew they will be 10 back. Another bad april end their season before it begains. When is some one going to be held acountable for their awful offence? Lowe needs to go to the pen now and just get it over with. I bet he gives up 6 or more tonight I hope I’m wrong but he’s just not worth the money. I will not even mention the rest of this line up. Anyone who watches this team knows who I’m talking about.

Fran Wren

May 7th, 2010
7:37 pm

The braves are going to get shutout again by a 48 yr old man…lol….

Jamie Moyer

May 7th, 2010
7:38 pm

My son could no hit this sorry bunch

OldTimer

May 7th, 2010
7:38 pm

You know, I have one simple request. And that is to have sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads! Now evidently my cycloptic colleague informs me that that cannot be done. Ah, would you remind me what I pay you people for, honestly? Throw me a bone here! What do we have?

Smarty

May 7th, 2010
7:43 pm

You should really never mess with Lasik. Sorry that is just too big of a risk. Wear glasses and forget. Now for the doctor. Get out of town you suck!!

Jamie Moyer

May 7th, 2010
7:44 pm

I may be 46, but I have the stuff to shotdown these weak feather heads..

Braves20

May 7th, 2010
7:47 pm

Forget the 50 or 40 or 30 game mileposts. One needs immediate changes when a team’s entire outfield is under the Mendoza line.

bobby

May 7th, 2010
7:53 pm

Dave, I asked this question a day or two ago. I don’t think I have ever seen anyone look worse than he did Wednesday night.

Turtsnap

May 7th, 2010
7:54 pm

Dink, dunk….. BOMB!! 3-0 Phils

ABravesFan

May 7th, 2010
7:55 pm

I guess this does explain why Mac was doing so well (hitting nearly .500) in spring training but struggled in the regular season.

Tami

May 7th, 2010
7:57 pm

LOL…you guys are hilarious. Yeah…let’s have ALL the starters get their eyes checked while we’re at it. Couldn’t hurt! LOL.

But, seriously. I hate hearing that Mac’s having problems again with the eyes. Stick to the glasses, please! It’s for that reason I won’t let anyone touch my eyes with the lasers. What works for one person might be devastating & life-changing for another. I’ve been wearing glasses for nearly 40 years. No sense in changing now.

I Told You So

May 7th, 2010
7:59 pm

From someone that has had lasik, I posted on here and truly prayed that McCann would not have
a second surgery. I can guarantee you that this guy will have eye issues the rest of his life.
His night vision will suffer from now on.
Just telling you from experience.

Pete

May 7th, 2010
8:01 pm

Enter your comments here1 hit thru 4 innings against a 47 year old pitcher. Of course we don’t need a new hitting coach. TP is doing a fine job of having 4 regulars hitting under .200 They just need time, be patient. People, you can’t wait until you are 10 games back to make changes.

Turtsnap

May 7th, 2010
8:12 pm

This team is beyond dreadful.

Del

May 7th, 2010
8:12 pm

For Petes sake quit swinging for the fences. Concentrate on making contact (which at 75mph shouldn”t be to difficult). Lets single this guy to death. This team is too homer ariented!! DISGUSTING AND DISCOURAGING.

Del

May 7th, 2010
8:13 pm

Meant too difficult. Del

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tristan

May 7th, 2010
8:15 pm

More excuses. He needs glasses, we hit hard but at somebody, nobody will listen to the hitting coach, frank wren doesn’t sign people, ball won’t find a hole.

BravesFan4ForeverButManWeSuck

May 7th, 2010
8:18 pm

Gee another guy on the Braves give me another reason to be mad. Why did he wait this long to get the glasses back on? I’m a software developer and when I hurt my left hand they told me too bad use the right to type. Give me a break dude wear the glasses and get over it or better yet get a hit help this slumping team.

Neal

May 7th, 2010
8:18 pm

I believe I would get a new eye doctor!

rknight44

May 7th, 2010
8:24 pm

My poor Braves couldn’t hit oily water from a canoe in the Gulf.
Sorry for Mac’s eyes, too. I have vision issue; it sucks.

Sonny Simms

May 7th, 2010
8:26 pm

Thank goodness Brian has an excuse that fans are ready to lap up. Imagine if Yunie used the same excuse two years running…and said it in spanish too…lol! For my money eyesight don’t explain his bad defense but that’s just me.

Pete

May 7th, 2010
8:27 pm

7-0. I wish Bobby Cox would retire tonight. He is the most overrated manager of all time. He had the best starting pitching staff EVER and won 1 title.

Jonathan Simeone

May 7th, 2010
8:28 pm

I’m glad to know that McCann has a good reason for his struggles. Hopefully, he will start hitting tomorrow. But what about the rest of the team? How many guys are going to try and pull Moyer? He has only thrown 51 pitches through five innings; that’s unbelievable. Either these guys don’t have a plan or they won’t listen to one. What about hitting Chipper leadoff? He has no power, but he can still get on base. Something drastic must be done.

Bye Bye Bobby

May 7th, 2010
8:31 pm

What a POS team. 12 straight by Moyer. Looks like TP and Cox have infected this entire team. Wont be long before they ruin Heyward. The hype about the greatest manager Bobby Cox makes me want to puke.

Pete

May 7th, 2010
8:34 pm

I would applaud Wren if he grew a pair and fired Cox and the rest of the pitching staff.

rknight44

May 7th, 2010
8:35 pm

Everyone, team and fans alike, have quit, haven’t they.

Pete

May 7th, 2010
8:37 pm

Fans have a reason to have quit.

bill

May 7th, 2010
8:38 pm

PLEASE REPLACE THE ENTIRE COACHING STAFF NOW, PLAY SMALL BALL LOOK WHAT HAPPEN WHEN THE SMARTEST MANAGER IN THE GAME ASK THE KID TO STOP TAKING PITCHES, REMEMBER A JONES SCREWING HIMSELF INTO THE GROUND TRYING TO HIT A HOME RUN FOR BOBBY JUST TO SHOW ONE EXAMPLE TELL BOBBY AND HIS ENTIRE STAFF TO LEAVE NOW, THIS IS GETTING DISGUSTING.

Trey

May 7th, 2010
8:42 pm

Whatever happened to Sonny Clusters?

BringBackBiffPocoroba

May 7th, 2010
8:45 pm

Did you see Chipper’s reaction on the throw into the runner by Diaz? Did you see Chipper get his hair parted by a 47? year old junkballer and then fly weakly to center? Did you see Lowe acting like a schoolgirl hoping for a miracle catch by Diaz (instead of hustling to back up home like he should be used to)? Of course you saw all of this, but Booby Cox didn’t; TP didn’t; McDowell didn’t; Wren didn’t? Chip and Joe defending the team and Booby Cox: Everyones working hard and staying upbeat. Bobby is not upset with anybody’s effort…..Geezzz. Pinella would have tore the freaking lockerroom apart by now…………….

rknight44

May 7th, 2010
8:46 pm

Yeah, Pete, we do. I sure as hell didn’t want to; goes against my nature.

Del

May 7th, 2010
8:53 pm

If this game doesn”t rile mgmt uo to make some changes pronto.then I flat give up on them,

Why is Wagner in this game for Petes sake?

Ga in Hi

May 7th, 2010
8:59 pm

Does wren have the control of the team that most G.M.s do or is Cox the on calling the shots…
Seems if it is a Cox/Jones running the awfulm tream…

Tmac

May 7th, 2010
9:12 pm

Man, this team really sucks.

At what point do changes take place? I know Wren has said he not going to make any changes until after 40-50 games at the very least…
But, we might be out of the race by then. I know that’s extreme, but come on you gotta be able to adjust.

Pete

May 7th, 2010
9:17 pm

We are already out of the race. Besides Hudson and Hanson. Do you see our team reeling off 8 or 9 wins in a row. No way in hell.

Leo BlackBall

May 7th, 2010
9:21 pm

dont worry – the guys on 680 said everything will be ok once chipper starts being chipper again :)

question

May 7th, 2010
9:21 pm

Am I the only one who thinks TP is a horrible batting coach, but would actually make a really good manager. He knows how to play the game and will succeed once Bobby is gone. He just does not know how to teach someone how to hit the way he does.

Pete

May 7th, 2010
9:22 pm

I cannot stand to listen to Buck brown nose the Braves.

Jamieson

May 7th, 2010
9:24 pm

I am tired of this….when will the Braves DO something?? Being a loyal fan for the past 20 years, I have seen my ups and downs with this team. You guys can hate my comments, but the truth lies within…
1) TP has to go…4 years of crappy batting? Yes I know he can bat for them, but come on someone has to take the blame for this and Cox is on his way out.
2) Trade what we have to to get Lance Berkman. Stick him in LF and see what happens.
3) Cut Melky and Lowe loose. Sorry to say it but I have waited for them to turn it around and they haven’t.
4)We need to find someone to fill 3rd base. Chipper keeps this up he won’t want to come back next year and will walk off into the sunset with us holding the bag.
5) This team just doesn’t have anything it seems besides Haywood, Hanson, Ross, and Hudson, Prado.
You guys can say what you want but deep down inside you know what I say is true.

rknight44

May 7th, 2010
9:25 pm

We are now the cure for opposing team’s pitching woes: We are Cancer Bat.

Pete

May 7th, 2010
9:27 pm

2 hit by a 47 year old. TP is freaking garbage. His fat butt needs to go along with Bobby.

Jamieson

May 7th, 2010
9:28 pm

I love Bobby to death….but if he doesn’t take action then Frank Wren must. Guess it sucks having a Liberty not care what happens to this team as a whole. Having a coach not worrying about anything after this season. What a way for you to go out Bobby!

Steve

May 7th, 2010
9:32 pm

That “eye coach” comment was pretty darn funny!

Joe Fan

May 7th, 2010
9:38 pm

McCann put himself above the team by not going to management when this first happened. How many wasted ABs has he had by not going to the glasses? Is he to vain to wear glasses? Typical of players on this team and I use the word team loosely. Its way past time for major changes and that begins with Wren and right on down to the players and coaching staff.

Brove's Fan in Florida

May 7th, 2010
9:42 pm

Everyone that had eye problem that McCann has, knows that glasses had to be specially made.
One hour will not do. We need him to see the ball at night and not to read book. There is a different.

paulie29233

May 7th, 2010
9:43 pm

i have tried to remain positive about this season, but it’s looking more and more like a disaster!

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P Rose

May 7th, 2010
10:04 pm

The Braves have been ophthalmologically eliminated from playoff contention.

Frankie Knuckles

May 7th, 2010
10:21 pm

Please fire your eye surgeon Brian

John A.

May 7th, 2010
10:23 pm

I understand Mac’s problem, but who wants to explain Chipper, Melkey, McLouth, Diaz, Glaus and pitchers Lowe and Kawakami. Wren certainly looks like a genius now doesn’t he? Good thing we have Heyward or we wouldn’t score many runs at all.

Season Over

May 7th, 2010
10:25 pm

DOB said this earlier in another column: “….left them searching for answers.”. Well it appears no one on the Braves knows the questions to ask.

Chipper’s not leading, McCann (”I’M not gonna mention my bad eyes….”)isn’t leading with that kind of attitude. Who do you think we’re depending on, Brian??? Seems there IS no leader on this team that gets in faces and keeps the fires going. Chipper looks clueless every time he turns from the batter’s box to head to the dugout. McCann is looking more and more like his departed buddy Francoeur.

I doubt any player on the team really believes they’ll climb out of the basement. Sayonara Bobby and Chipper. It’s okay to really call it quits. We don’t mind. It’s getting really, really, really old now.

Wolf

May 7th, 2010
10:28 pm

As a person who has had some major eye problems, I do NOT understand WHY anybody, much less a pro athlete, would have lasers shot into a HEALTHY eye. He was an all-star with the contacts,so why take even a small risk? If a Lasik procedure goes wrong once, the “fix it” procedures are likely to lead to other problems. Yes, the vast majority of Lasik operations go well, buty why would a pro athlete take even a 1-2% risk? Makes NO sense. Also amazing the Bobby Cox, seeing how McCann was hitting and knowing about his eye problem, would not ASK the guy if his vision was acting up again. I have been wondering about that for several days, and I am not his manager!!

Jonathan Simeone

May 7th, 2010
10:58 pm

I hate to say it, but TP has to go. I do not believe he deserves most of the blame for what is happening, but they are not going to fire Cox. On the field Cabrera and/or McLouth must be sent to the minors. At some point, there must be accountability. They are only six games out, but, given the pitching matchups, it is going to be hard for them to win the next two games. So, I would make the above moves after the trip to Philladelfia. Then let’s have a reason to start over.

bravos2249

May 7th, 2010
11:07 pm

I like Mac and all but players should get fined for crap like this. How did he think he was helping any while hitting 4th and can’t see.

Ron

May 7th, 2010
11:12 pm

You gotta know when to fold em know when to hold em
know when to walk away and know when to run.

Rico

May 7th, 2010
11:14 pm

You Braves fans have been getting hornswaggled for about 8 years, No way the management could pull this year after year horsebleep off in Boston on NY, where the fans know baseball, the funniest thing is that you Brave fans seemed to think you where going to contend this year. haaaa

ronaldh

May 7th, 2010
11:24 pm

There are a couple of questions that needs to be asked. Why did McCann keep all of this from Bobby? Why did he wait a whole month to decide to get glasses? His team mates, his manager and the fans deserve better than that.

Also, we are all after Pendleton like crazy. When are we going to be as honest about this lame excuse for a pitching coach, Roger McDowell? He was no good when he was hired and he is no good now. There is one great thing about Bobby’s retirement. This will be the last season for Pendleton and McDowell.

blueridge

May 8th, 2010
12:22 am

so, when do the braves start trading pieces? I know…what pieces? but, seriously, why not move some of these guys? Heck, why not a fire-sale? I’d love for this team to get rid of Esco, Glaus, Jones, Diaz, Wagner, Saito, McLouth, Melky, Lowe, KK. It would be so much more fun rooting for young team that was learning how to play together than an apathetic underachieving group of ‘professionals’. I believe BC chose the wrong year to retire. Probably should have walked with Schuerholz. I think this organization will have a new coach next year as well as a new front office. Wren made his bed with the Melky/ Glaus decisions. No sense of urgency with these guys.

Alan 10

May 8th, 2010
7:34 am

There must be a reason that Braves players are all over the map about how to handle injuries, we may need a traveling srink as well as an opthomoligst and don’t forget a traveling trainer to keep the muscle kinks out of the locker room. I hope that now the season is underway that we might find a leader, very apparent that no one has emerged-STEP UP WAGNER, you are the only one that has established himself in that way.

jake

May 8th, 2010
8:07 am

Man, considering all the problems, from McCann’s irresponsibility in keeping his problem quiet, lack of leadership beginning with the manager, abysmal hitting, another season of Chipper’s lame stoicism and lack of production, and what we have here is a train wreck in slow motion. Get used to it. The Bobby Cox Farewell Tour is shaping up to a be a re-run of the Death March on Bataan.

Alan 10

May 8th, 2010
9:38 am

September can’t get her quick enough, I’m tired already and looking forward to renewed optimism that will most likely be followed by failure in the 2011 season.

tristan

May 8th, 2010
9:41 am

Wolf you got it right brother. Contacts were working before, why start screwing with your eyes. Dude is married, was an all star, so why worry about what you look like with contacts or glasses? My contacts correct me to 20-15 vision. That lasik can’t guarantee that and you have to put freakin drops in your eyes all of the time.

Sgt. Pepper

May 8th, 2010
11:02 am

I’m hoping he plays in glasses from now on.

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ronaldh

May 8th, 2010
12:33 pm

This team having a “fire sale” would be more like buying a junked car at a salvage yard. Who would want any of those players?

AdirondackDave

May 8th, 2010
1:15 pm

Too soon to “start over” but if the guys haven’t turned it around in a month or month and a half then it’s probably time to get serious about rebuilding for 2-3 years and out. Move Wagner for a prospect(s) and same for anybody else except Heyward, Hanson, JJ, and Hudson. Escobar, Diaz, Melky, McLouth, Glaus, have value to one degree or another.

Focus on the farm. Braves have some more seriously good talent in the pipeline.. Freeman, Salcedo, some starters…

Lowe and his contract are a tremendous anchor. Sadly, probably same for Chipper but I think he’ll bit the bullet and retire with Bobby at the end of the year. Maybe Chipper will try to work out a deal to extend the last $30M over 25 years and work with the club along the lines of Glavine, Cox, and Hank. $30M is a lot of dough to completely walk away from.

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