McCann trails Posey in NL All-Star balloting

Braves catcher Brian McCann has made the National League All-Star team five times in his first five full seasons in the major leagues with the Braves, but he’s never been voted in as a starter.

In the first NL All-Star balloting released on Tuesday afternoon, he was trailing Giants catcher Buster Posey by about 150,000 votes and was the Brave closest to first place. Posey had 785,314 votes to McCann’s 633,987. Posey suffered a broken leg in a collision at home plate last week and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2011 season.

Even if Posey, the reigning NL rookie of the year and Leesburg, Ga. native, wins the vote, McCann will still likely make the team as a player or manager’s choice and could still start. The starter would be up to the discretion of NL All-Star manager Bruce Bochy, who managed Posey and the Giants to the World Series championship last fall.

Chipper Jones was second in third-base voting behind the Phillies’ Placido Polanco with 540,168 votes to Polanco’s 724,724. Nobody else among Braves was inside of 200,000 votes of the lead. Alex Gonzalez was fourth among shortstops, Dan Uggla was fourth among second basemen, Freddie Freeman was fifth among first basemen, Jason Heyward was sixth among outfielders and Martin Prado was 15th among outfielders.

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Prado rules

May 31st, 2011
6:38 pm

Prado will be manager or player pick
First?

Luke

May 31st, 2011
6:43 pm

With Posey out for the year, people will vote in McCann. Almost a given.

Darryl Blackberry

May 31st, 2011
7:02 pm

Gotta be down to McCann and the villainous Ramon Hernandez in the NL.

Tomahawk Mafia

May 31st, 2011
7:04 pm

It is time for Mac to earn the starting nod in the All-Star game.

Mixxo

May 31st, 2011
7:13 pm

Minor & the non-existent Braves offense vs. the good road team-Padres??

This could get ugly quick. :(

Amber

May 31st, 2011
7:19 pm

Mac absolutely deserves to get voted in!

McClutch

May 31st, 2011
7:19 pm

Prado and McCann should be starters.

Bill

May 31st, 2011
7:36 pm

Nothing is a given..VOTE!!!!!!!!!

danny

May 31st, 2011
7:47 pm

If Jonny Venters doesn’t make it, i will refuse to watch the game. Nobody, Prado and McCann included, deserves it more than Venters!!!

JWOOD

May 31st, 2011
8:38 pm

He practically wins the game last year and people still aren’t given him quite the credit he deserves. Let’s get him into first!

@VoteMcCann2011

May 31st, 2011
8:45 pm

I echo what Bill said: NOTHING IS A GIVEN. In fact the margin between Mac and Yadier Molina is razor thin right now. Cards fans have been successful the last two years at getting Molina elected despite his inferior numbers at the plate. He will beat out Mac again if people just assume that Mac will win just because Posey is hurt.

If you can watch a Braves game on TV, if you can follow a Braves blog, then you are more than capable of voting 25x online for the best catcher in the NL for the last five-plus years to actually START the All-Star Game!

Vote McCann, All-Star 2011! So easy. Even a Mets fan can do it.

Find us on twitter and get the word out!

Bill

May 31st, 2011
9:23 pm

Minor did well but still Braves are not hitting…..got to score more than 2 are 3 to win. Come on Braves.get mad are something.

Loosing Managar = Loosing Record

May 31st, 2011
9:48 pm

No 1 on the Braves rooster is worty of bein on the all star ballad.

NORRIS

May 31st, 2011
10:08 pm

THE BRAVES CANT HIT!

Nick

May 31st, 2011
10:09 pm

At least the Phillies are lost.

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Caseyatthebat

May 31st, 2011
10:49 pm

Remember when they told us, “This team is going to hit?” Remember all those reassurances? Well, give us your tired, your slumping, your losing streak teams and come on down to Atlanta. We’ll get you healthy. Our pitching staff has to be flawless because one mistake will spell a loss.

Just Bad

May 31st, 2011
10:56 pm

fill in the blanks yourself….

Loserville

May 31st, 2011
10:58 pm

Seriously??? did you just watch the same game I did? And you STILL want to have an argument about which Braves “need” to go to the All-Star game?

Virginia Brave Fan

May 31st, 2011
11:59 pm

@ Danny – I’m with you. Prado and McCann deserve it, but Venters is quite possibly the best pitcher in all of MLB.

BrianSC

June 1st, 2011
12:06 am

McCann has to be an All-Star. Go vote for him.

I thought Posey was decent until this whole collision thing. Not better than McCann, but decent. I have lost respect for him over the collision. Dude, there’s no crying in baseball. You are a catcher. You wear the equipment. You come out and try to block the plate, you are going to get blasted.

Chief Knockahoma

June 1st, 2011
1:33 am

With Posey out for the rest of the year he will most certainly be voted in as starting catcher. It will be similar to Heath Ledger winning best actor after he died (although he certainly deserved it.)

Bernard

June 1st, 2011
8:34 am

Prado & McCann…yes they can!!!

Let's Go

June 1st, 2011
9:22 am

Not to rain on the parade because I think Brian is the best catcher in the NL by a long way but since the starters are based on a fan voting contest he will probably lose out to Ruiz or Molina. For some reason it seems Cardinal or Phillies fans will vote the most of almost any other team in the NL. It used to be you had to go to the ballpark to actually cast a vote but now you can vote as many times as you like online. On the ballot it says vote a maximum of 25 times but even a 3rd grader knows how to get around that and vote as many times as they want.

bobbymahlon

June 1st, 2011
10:14 am

I do not agree that McCann is the best catcher in baseball. I agree that he is the second best hiitting catcher in baseball but one of the worst catchers defensively in all of baseball. His poor defense eliminates him from that title(my opinion).

urban redneck

June 1st, 2011
11:14 am

that is horse sh*t. i like any good ol’ south GA boy like buster, but c’mon people!!!!

jayvee

June 1st, 2011
12:58 pm

Prado and McCann should be all-stars, though I doubt Prado will make it. Jurrgens and Venters for sure.

Looking at the Braves’ payroll: This is a classic case of paying the wrong people. The combination of Lowe, Chipper, Uggla, McClouth, Kawakami and Linebrink account for about $56 million, with Lowe, Chiipper and Uggla accounting for $38 million of that. And how Linebrink got $5.5 m is beyond me. None of these people are coming close to earning their pay, though I am willing to give Chipper extra room here for longevity. But his at-bats are not impressive this year. He doesn’t even look interested in what he’s doing, usually whacks at the first pitch if he can reach it. Strike 1.

Meanwhile, the position players who are actually performing are McCann $6.7 m, Prado, $3.1 m and Hinski, $1.35 m,.

McCann and Prado are far and away the best players/performers so far this season.

The front office is paying the wrong people. Wonder how they sleep at night knowing that their long-range vision turned out to be so blurred.

Fols

June 1st, 2011
12:59 pm

Uggla 4th………..yikes, I wonder what you have to bat for last place?

It’s too bad Prado isn’t voted in as a 2nd baseman because he’d be right up there instead of lost in the shuffle of the outfield mix.

Fols

June 1st, 2011
1:02 pm

When a single becomes an automatic single + Stolen Base……you do not have the ‘best’ catcher in the league. Clearly there is a significant liability to go along with his talent with a bat.

Johnny Beach

June 1st, 2011
1:03 pm

Prado and McCann deserve to be all stars……………..Uggla can make it as a Pinch Runner

Fols

June 1st, 2011
1:04 pm

Troy Glaus just stole a base off McCann while I was eating lunch…

Jimmy

June 1st, 2011
1:21 pm

Fols- “Troy Glaus just stole a base off McCann while I was eating lunch…”

Then McCann stole Fols lunch.

Why does MLB allow a person to vote “up to 25 times”? Crazy.

Let's Go

June 1st, 2011
1:28 pm

This year Brian has thrown out 24% of runners trying to steal which is about average for all catchers. Last year his numbers were 36 thrown out in 84 attempts which comes out to about 30% which is very good. Yes, there are times when I would like to see Brian throw his body around a little bit more to block balls but since he came up this is one area where he has improved in and probably having David Ross around is the reason.

Let's Go

June 1st, 2011
1:33 pm

Opps….screwed up. Last year Brian threw out 36 out of 120 attempts.

Fols

June 1st, 2011
1:33 pm

Jimmy – MLB likes to promote it’s ‘record’ number of voters every year. Giving the fans that do vote, 25 times really makes baseball look as though THIS GAME MATTERS! Ha Ha!

Fols

June 1st, 2011
1:35 pm

Let’s Go – I understand the numbers…but when you watch the game situations especially recently with some speedy lead-off hitters it’s become apparent that teams are looking to run on us. Stats are great but we all know this is sports and what have you done for us lately?

Lately they are taking 2nd.

BravesWin

June 1st, 2011
2:15 pm

Fan voting, as currently structured, is a farce and a debacle for the All-Star game. Sheesh.

RBrave

June 1st, 2011
2:15 pm

Agree McCann and Prado for sure,JJ and Venters pitching how could Uggla even be on the ballot ? Whats the best way to vote this year, last year the ballots kept popping on the net? Remember McCann catches Hanson that several “free bases” that the catchers get charged with. They need a stat for stealing against pitchers also, they have stats in baseball for everything else. Go Braves, we’re not out of this thing

McCann Fan

June 1st, 2011
2:17 pm

We get at least 4 All Stars for sure:
Mac is a guarantee
Prado is a near sure-bet by players/managers
Venters and Jurrjens should be the same
Don’t count out Tommy

NO MORE BOBBY

June 1st, 2011
2:20 pm

Being behind a player not even playing is kinda bad. Right? Love Mac but his defense is not very all star quality. Just saying.

stynes

June 1st, 2011
2:44 pm

Mac just got 25 votes from me. And while I love Prado, I couldn’t vote for him as a starter. I had to vote for Bruce, Braun, and Kemp. They all have an OPS > 925 whereas Prado is at 744. I love Prado, don’t get me wrong, but those guys are all having tremendous statistical years.

JT Grace

June 1st, 2011
3:04 pm

Brian was having a better statistical year than Posey even prior to the Posey injury and thus deserved to be the starter. However, with the ballot stuffing Cardinal and Philly fans you never know who will actually start the game.

bob

June 1st, 2011
3:13 pm

mccann will start the all star game this year count on it

david

June 1st, 2011
4:29 pm

well, does being the best hitter on this team really mean anything? unwatchable baseball.

but mccann is awesome. so yeah, he should start. but the rest of the team doesnt hit. sucks!

bobbymahlon

June 1st, 2011
5:02 pm

When a position player is evaluated 90% is how good of a hitter is he and the rest is defense and a few othe things. That is the reason McCann is considered such a good catcher. Don’t get me wrong I consider him the best hitter on the team but as a catcher he comes up short. What with his one handed stabs most of them go for wild pitches where good catchers block those pitches with their bodies. Those one hand stabs may be a result of him being lazy just like he is in other aspects of his life.

Brave New World

June 1st, 2011
5:19 pm

Mac will be an all-star in 2011. There is probably some “pity” voting for Posey (which might also explain Chipper being second in votes for 3rd base). Jurrgens might be the starting pitcher for the NL. Venters should be an all-star, and possibly Prado and Kimbrell.

Blackberry Cobbler

June 1st, 2011
5:24 pm

Mac has been selected (not voted) to the All-Star team because of his bat. He’s one of the best hitting catchers in the game- he and now Posey.

But defensively, Mac is not a good catcher. Way too many passed balls, bad positioning and fielding on plays at the plate, and slow release and weak arm on steal attempts. Defensively, David Ross is 2x McCann.

Brave New World

June 1st, 2011
5:25 pm

Take a breather from your Uggla-bashing Braves “fans” and consider what the Phils are paying Roy Oswalt (3-3) and Cliff Lee (4-5).

chatt matt

June 1st, 2011
5:28 pm

It seems as it gets hot the Braves bats get colder.Where did the Braves find Linebrink and Sherrill along with no show Lowe they are hot garbage.

JT Grace

June 1st, 2011
5:32 pm

Just voted 100 times for McCann. The thought of Yadier Molina starting over him yet again is preposterous.

bbkorbel

June 1st, 2011
5:40 pm

Just voted 25 times on my first email account…got two more “legit” ones to go…and they made it alot easier this year…just enter you email address once (don’t have to enter it over & over) & then enter the number code & vote away. No need to keep count…the thing will tell you when you get to your limit.

Hit A Single

June 1st, 2011
5:43 pm

Posey and McCann are two of the best and both from Georgia. If I were a Manager I would love to have either one. As far as throwing out runners, the Braves pitchers do a poor job of holding runners and they don’t throw over enough. Plus their time to the plate is not very good most of the time.

chatt matt

June 1st, 2011
5:45 pm

McCann and Prado are the best 2 everyday players on the Braves roster.David Ross is also having a good year as a backup as for the rest of the everyday players they are as cold as ice.

AZBravoFan

June 1st, 2011
6:25 pm

hopefully NL fans will remember what Mac did for them last season, and how it benefited the Giants in the WS.

Ronald Millsaps

June 1st, 2011
6:38 pm

Wow; http://www.battin1000.org doesn’t pull up anything now. Looks like the prejudice at ESPN exceeded was only outweighed by the collective apathy of those who know better.

chief pitchanono

June 1st, 2011
6:38 pm

McCann deserves it, Prado and Maybe Alex too. Thats it though for right now. Allot of things can change in June though, so maybe some other guys will have a big Month. Go Braves!!

Ronald Millsaps

June 1st, 2011
6:40 pm

Omit “exceeded.”*

Ronald Millsaps

June 1st, 2011
6:53 pm

After the Titans lost Super Bowl XXXIV, Eddie George said he had no interest in playing in hte Pro Bowl and instead wanted to focus on returning to the Super Bowl. I would like to think this same accuracy in priorities is on this team. (It sure isn’t with the bloggers.)

By the way, the Titans in 1999 and 2000 were as great as it gets.

Ronald Millsaps

June 1st, 2011
6:53 pm

UGASlobberknocker

June 1st, 2011
7:00 pm

Prado should make it but OF is a tough place to do it.I think he gets passed over
McCann is in for sure.

then for pitchers if Venters and Jurgens dont make it there needs to be an investigation

UGASlobberknocker

June 1st, 2011
7:01 pm

You could make a case for Gonzalez as well but I dont think he makes it without a hot streak at the plate

UGASlobberknocker

June 1st, 2011
7:04 pm

That Titans/Rams Super Bowl is still the best one ever played IMO.

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