Braves McCann takes fifth Silver Slugger award

A September swoon didn’t keep Braves catcher Brian McCann from winning his fifth Silver Slugger award in six years on Wednesday night and enter even more elite company.

McCann became the first player to win five Silver Sluggers as a Brave and only the sixth catcher to win five or more in his career, and he’s only 27. Silver Sluggers are awarded to the top offensive players at each position as voted on by players and managers.

McCann has won it each of the past four years and five times in only six full seasons in the major leagues.

Tom Glavine and Dale Murphy each won four Silver Slugger awards for the Braves. At catcher, Mike Piazza won 10 Silver Sluggers, Ivan Rodriguez seven, Lance Parrish six, and Gary Carter and Jorge Posada each have five.

McCann led all National League catchers with 24 home runs and he drove in 71 runs, while hitting .270 with a .351 on-base percentage. He beat out Yadier Molina of the Cardinals who hit .305 with 14 homers and 65 RBIs, and Arizona’s Miguel Montero, who hit .282 with 18 homers and 86 RBIs.

McCann struggled down the stretch after suffering an oblique strain and returning to action only two weeks later. McCann hit .180 with six home runs and 16 RBIs in 37 games after returning from his oblique in mid-August, but he still matched his career high in homers (he also hit 24 in 2006) and finished third among qualified NL catchers in batting average.

Braves second basemen Dan Uggla led all NL second basemen with 36 home runs and was tied for second with 82 RBIs, but he was beat out for the Silver Slugger by Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, of Stone Mountain, who also drove in 82 runs and hit 18 homers but hit .300.

Uggla, who won his first Silver Slugger award last year as a member of the Marlins, got off to the worst two-month start of his career in his first season with the Braves and finished the season batting .233. He was hitting only .173 on July 5 when he started a 33-game hitting streak, the longest in the majors since Chase Utley’s 35-game streak for the Phillies in 2006.

Silver Slugger winners were: Matt Kemp (Dodgers), Justin Upton (Diamondbacks) and Ryan Braun (Brewers) in the NL outfield; Jose Bautista (Blue Jays), Jacob Ellsbury (Red Sox) and Curtis Granderson (Yankees) in the AL outfield; Prince Fielder (Brewers) and Adrian Gonzalez (Red Sox) at first base; Phillips (Reds) and Robinson Cano (Yankees) at second base; Aramis Ramirez (Cubs) and Adrian Beltre (Rangers) at third base; Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies) and Asdrubal Cabrera (Indians) at shortstop; McCann (Braves) and Alex Avila (Tigers) at catcher; Daniel Hudson (Diamondbacks) at pitcher and David Ortiz (Red Sox) at designated hitter.

124 comments Add your comment

KnightInATL

November 2nd, 2011
6:58 pm

Nice job, Heap. Was afraid Molina would win it this year.

Jake Dawg

November 2nd, 2011
7:22 pm

I don’t think many guys are going to outwork Bmac. Hopefully the new hitting coach makes him 6/7 after next year.

phredd

November 2nd, 2011
7:25 pm

"Chef" Tim Dix

November 2nd, 2011
7:26 pm

Not to deminish the award, BMac probably would have traded the opp for a chance in the post.

? is: Do the Braves resign him long term?

Dunno.

urban redneck

November 2nd, 2011
7:27 pm

daaaaaaaang, those guys must’ve slept through september.

yogi

November 2nd, 2011
7:30 pm

McCann should win the Silver Slumper award and maybe the McChoke award

Bob the Blogger

November 2nd, 2011
7:30 pm

Congrats to McCann. He’s a pure hitter. He’s also a good person; you can tell by the way he treats the fans.

BRAVESFAN

November 2nd, 2011
7:36 pm

Way to go McCann. What’s next in the trophy case?

thatguy

November 2nd, 2011
7:37 pm

CONGRATS BMAC

OldTimer

November 2nd, 2011
7:45 pm

When it mattered McCann was a no-show. However, he did get a nice trophy. That will serve him well in his future.

Josh1101

November 2nd, 2011
7:47 pm

Congrats Mac!! For only being 27…damn. Regardless of the fall off at the end of the season, I’ll take .270/24 HR’s/71 RBI’s nearly every season. …Maybe a few more rbi’s ;) Here’s to a 6th in 2012!

Justmythoughts

November 2nd, 2011
7:57 pm

Congratulations, Brian McCann!

Largo

November 2nd, 2011
8:15 pm

Watching Molina during the series was a pure pleasure. He’s great behind the plate. And then there is McCann. . .Barf! Mac was better his first full year than he is now. Batted something like .330 and even moved around pretty well on defense.

I understand we will have the same offense next year except maybe AGon will not be on the team. That doesn’t make me smile much. Same players=same results.

Don

November 2nd, 2011
8:17 pm

Goes to show there aren’t any other really good catchers in the league. McCann sucked for 2 months and still wins.

TJ

November 2nd, 2011
8:20 pm

Congrats BMac! Way to go!

CheifKnockahoma

November 2nd, 2011
8:27 pm

@ yogi, Ouch. @OldTimer, da-a-a-amn…

Puma

November 2nd, 2011
8:30 pm

I cannot believe people are talking smack about McCann – the ONLY guy in our lineup who has hit with any consistency, been a real threat at the plate and just been a great guy over the last 3-4 years. Unbelievable!

chalkdawg4

November 2nd, 2011
8:36 pm

Who cares, he was crap when we needed him. Tired of his squinty eye look everytime. Trading him for a corner outfielder is a good start to what we need. Bring up the rookie. Pay Chipper to go away. Blow this whole thing up!!!

Dozer

November 2nd, 2011
8:40 pm

how does a guy with 24HR/71RBI/.270 avg beat out a guy with 18HR/86 RBI/.282 avg for a hitting award?

rugburn

November 2nd, 2011
8:44 pm

uggla loses because of the lower avg, but mccann wins with the lower avg?

Are you serious?

November 2nd, 2011
8:45 pm

I love how you “braves fans” insult a braves player for winning an award. Can’t you guys read between the lines? DOB and Bowman both mentioned that he tried to help the team and came back too soon. The guy has proven over his career to be one of the best hitting catchers in baseball and the last two months was obviously caused by the oblique and other injuries. He was batting .315 prior to going on the DL.

Chalkdawg, the rookie you want to bring up has 10 career home runs in the minors. Yup, bring that guy up, he’s going to replace McCann easily.

rugburn

November 2nd, 2011
8:50 pm

hitting awards should be based on hitting. whether a player is injured or comes back too soon should not have anything to do with it should j-hey be the silver slugger because he’s supposed to be great?

Jerry

November 2nd, 2011
8:59 pm

McCann is a poor man’s Mike Piazza, complete with terrible catching fundamentals and inability to throw out base stealers.

Whoop

November 2nd, 2011
8:59 pm

“I cannot believe people are talking smack about McCann – the ONLY guy in our lineup who has hit with any consistency”

That shows just how pathetic the Braves lineup is, that McCan’t is the most consistent. Dude killed this team when they needed him the most.

Yadier Molina = true silver slugger winner.

JWyatt15

November 2nd, 2011
9:05 pm

@chalkdawg4…..you have got to be kidding me. First of all your statement of “bring up the rookie” makes no sense as a “rookie” would already be up. If you are referring to Bethancourt then you really don’t have a clue. If you think bringing up a 20 y/o whom prospect watchers say “still has a developing bat” (basically meaning can’t hit for sh*t yet) is going to give the Braves a better offensive threat than Mac, I’d love to hear your reasoning. This guy is a cornerstone of our team and by FAR the best offensive catcher in the league. Ask Twin fans these days if they’d rather have Mac or Mauer. 2 years ago, maybe Mauer, bet the song has changed a bit now though. This guy is as consistent as they come, he’s going to hot anywhere from .270-.290 with 20-25 HR’s and 65-85 RBI’s a year. As a catcher, I will take that every single year. Did he wear down last year? Yes, no doubt, he slumped his @ss off, but he was also playing hurt because that’s what real ballplayers do. Of course then you throw Chipper under the bus as well. There are maybe 4-6 3B that had better statistical years than Chip and he’s 39 with two bad knees. I have been a Braves fan since the 80’s when my parents would buy upper deck tickets at Fulton County and you could just sit in the lower deck regardless because our teams were that bad. I understand being frustrated after this year, God knows I am. But to suggest trading an perennial all star catcher and calling up this “rookie” is just flat retarded.

ab initio

November 2nd, 2011
9:22 pm

Sorry, but no way in hell does Mac deserve this award. He was absolutely horrid in the latter stage of the season. I’ve never been a fan of his defense either.

Sad to see these awards and those that nominate and give them content to remain upholders of high school clique-ish idiocy.

P B Orr

November 2nd, 2011
9:24 pm

Great. This will encourage him to tote that bat he can’t get around, and flail away at the end of next season at pitches he can’t see, much less hit. If I were the batting coach, I’d say choke up, get a smaller bat, or sit the bench.

AdirondackDave

November 2nd, 2011
10:34 pm

Betancourt may well replace Mac but not for 2-3 more years.

bravo_fan fifty-three

November 2nd, 2011
11:05 pm

B Mc Bomb!!!!

Rick Mahler was a battler

November 2nd, 2011
11:18 pm

I enjoy reading blogs, here and other places, about all sports. Here we have an article about an award that is voted on by major league baseball players and major league managers, and yet it’s apparent that the readers and ‘fans’ of the Braves know more than any of them.
I wonder if these people are as clueless at their own jobs as they are about baseball….probably so.
Meanwhile, 5 mil from Lowe, 8.5 mil from McWhiff and 7 mil from KK, we should be able to come up with a decent shortstop for part of that money.
Can’t wait ’till spring. !

chalkdawg4

November 2nd, 2011
11:19 pm

Trying to shake things up a little with my comments. Lived here all my life and I am pissed at this team. We need to think outside the box. Bottom line is the Phillies sell out every night and can afford double our payroll. If we had a stadium that anyone could get to during rush hour we might fill ours too. I am tired of Chipper, McCann (2nd half swoon), Prado (bust year), Heyward (you got 1 more year) and I don’t think a whole lot of Freddie. Why is our payroll half of Philly’s when our city is twice as good? Please, someone buy this team and gey us to about a $120 million payroll. Our great pitching is being wasted and Wren can only do so much.

BrianSC

November 3rd, 2011
12:05 am

Congrats! Keep up the great work B-Mac!!!

He did what he could and what he thought was in the best interest of the team by coming back ASAP from the oblique injury. He put the team and organization ahead of himself. That is true leadership and sacrifice. Heck, at least he wasn’t the guy looking for an excuse to stay out of the lineup (see Heyward). I guarantee that the injury was not fully healed and led to the struggles that McCann experienced down the stretch. He just wasn’t complaining about it or using it as an excuse like some people (see Heyward, again).

He is certainly deserving of a long-term contract. I hope he is the next Braves player to play his whole career in Atlanta. Braves fans should be proud that they have a guy like McCann wearing their jersey.

Brave4life- 2012 here we come

November 3rd, 2011
12:07 am

Congrats Bmac, you were deserving the first half but overall Yaadier Molina should have won

Molina was clutch this year

BravesGurl1983

November 3rd, 2011
12:34 am

You people are something else… Congrats Mac!

Spud

November 3rd, 2011
12:49 am

USA Today Top 50 free agents, projects Reyes signing with the Braves! Where did that come from?

Smitty

November 3rd, 2011
1:12 am

chalkdawg4 You are so full of it….. bs Get a life!!!

Smitty

November 3rd, 2011
1:13 am

chalkdawg4 you were not here in the 80’s

Ozzie

November 3rd, 2011
2:14 am

Reyes will command similar money to what a slugging LF will command. If the Braves had that kind of cash (which sadly they don’t) they should get said slugger.

bravesfaninNashville

November 3rd, 2011
4:45 am

You know if the Braves were going to let Derek Lowe pitch up to and including the last week of the season why couldn’t they play a little poker and at least not state publicly that he wouldn’t be in the rotation next year and make it widely known the Braves were going to dump him. Who would give the Braves anything in return after that declaration? The could have at least projected that they were chalking it up to a bad year and that they fully expected him to return pitch much better next year. They could have then traded him as a partial salary relief but only because they have such a surplus of young talented and very cheap pitching. I agree with the move to trade him early so they know their payroll totals but man to just announce to the world that he wasn’t going to pitch in the rotation next years seemed like a bad idea.

judy

November 3rd, 2011
6:50 am

Congrats to McCann! Love to watch you play!!!!!Let’s see if J-Hey can win your first one next year!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO J-Hey and the Braves!!!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait until next spring to watch you all play!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

judy

November 3rd, 2011
6:59 am

Congrats to McCann!! Love to watch you play!!!!!!!! Let’s see if J-Hey can win his first one next year!!!!!! Go J-Hey and the Braves!!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to watch you all play next spring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bill M.

November 3rd, 2011
7:24 am

Get real, the Braves will not pay McCann 12-14Mil per season. He will be with the Braves 1-2 more seasons and that’s it. I’m a big fan of McCann but if the kid in the minors keeps improving they will not pay McCann big money. He’s like alot of players there’s somethings he can’t do. He’s slow and has a problem controlling his weight. I think in a few years he will be a DH. If Buster Posey wasn’t injured more than likely, he would have won the SS award. Congrats to Brian on the award.

RTS

November 3rd, 2011
7:35 am

I am a Mac fan but the truth is he was horrible the last two months. I think either of th other two guys should have won the award(they contributed to getting their teams in the playoffs—one helping his win the WS). Again, I lik Mac but facts speak for themselves. The last two months could be a sign of things to come, hope not, but you never know.

Carmen

November 3rd, 2011
7:56 am

@chalkdawg – Trying to rile us up by dissing the team we all love? Yeah, that’s a great way to prove you’re a ‘fan’ if that’s the term you really want to use for yourself although you’re being a horrible imitation of one.
@Bill M. – Buster’s season ended at the end of May. No one has any way whatsoever of knowing what he may or may not have done with the bat so he’s a moot point altogether.

McCann is solid at bat and we always see fairly predictable numbers out of him. Solid presence in the clubhouse as well. I went to the Braves VIP experience in August when I was down at Turner Field and he went out of his way to come over to me and give me his batting glove from directly off his hand which was probably the coolest thing to ever happen to me. To then see him win this Silver Slugger and know that the glove I own was part of him getting this award, way too cool for words. Braves need to stop trading talent away all the time, recognize that Chipper won’t be around forever and start holding on a few players that can be the face and name of the Braves in the coming years ie McCann and Freeman.

cutty

November 3rd, 2011
8:06 am

I don’t think people are negative towards McCann, but I do believe LaRussa nailed it this year when he said Molina would be his catcher if he hit .000. Obviously nobody wants a catcher who can’t hit, but the great backstops(and teams) were better recievers than hitters- Pudge, Bench, Berra. If the goal is to build around strong pitching then wouldn’t it make sense to give the staff the best available catcher?

GM For A Day...

November 3rd, 2011
8:17 am

Trade for Matt Kemp and layoff the negativity towards McCann. He was hurt when he sucked! He was having a great year before the injury.

BrianSC

November 3rd, 2011
8:37 am

I don’t want the Braves to sign Rollins or Reyes. I think whatever team signs either one of them will be forced to overpay. Both are aging. Both miss time time with leg and hamstring issues. Chemistry has always been important to the Braves organization and I believe either player would hurt chemistry, especially Reyes.

The Braves can be a very good team and win it all without overpaying for Rollins or Reyes.

No Rollins!!! No Reyes!!!

TennesseePaul

November 3rd, 2011
8:54 am

Awesome. Congratulations McCann

Brandy Andy Hotmail

November 3rd, 2011
8:54 am

So Mccann has more homeruns but a worse batting average than Molina & Montero but wins the Silver Slugger. Then Uggla has a worse batting average than Phillips but 36 to 18 homeruns but Phillips wins the award. No consistency at all. At catcher they want homeruns & low batting average but at 2B they want low homeruns & high batting average. Very dumb.

STATS MAN

November 3rd, 2011
9:02 am

He’ll never win a Golden Glove !

vermont 39

November 3rd, 2011
9:04 am

Congrats BMac…you would have won it in a walk w/o injury!!!
Keep up the solid work…maybe a little upgrade in D…but hey HRs help cure that!!!

ramblingman

November 3rd, 2011
9:09 am

Congrats to McCann. Goobers who will resort to attacking him are trolls, not fans, and they do not represent the actual fans who watch the game and appreciate the team. They are best ignored, as their opinions are the equivalent of children shouting out a dirty word in public in a desperate attempt to get attention.

I appreciate the Braves and am looking forward to next season. Go Braves.

Fat Mac

November 3rd, 2011
9:10 am

Fact is McCann can’t throw base stealers out,drops throws to the plate,and has excessive amount of paSSED BALLS. hIS DEFENSE IS BELOW AVERAGE.

PreciousStevens

November 3rd, 2011
9:11 am

Congrats BIG MAC…although I felt that had McCann not struggled down the stretch and had been HOT, along with Dan Uggla, the Braves would have won the world series, because the Cardinals would have never made the playoffs. Its unfortunate the way the whole thing went down with the Braves choking and missing the playoffs and with Tony LaRussa being sent off into retirement as a world champion manager. I just want to throw up at the thought of that.

Fat Mac

November 3rd, 2011
9:12 am

Also McCann is one of those hitters that hits a homerun in the 7th inning with the score like Braves 5-0 making it 6-0. He never hits a homerun in those 2-0,3-0,5-0 losses.

Fat Mac

November 3rd, 2011
9:15 am

They should trade Heyward & Vizcaino to Dodgers for Matt Kemp.

Fat Mac

November 3rd, 2011
9:16 am

Heyward will never be a Matt Kemp. He’s a Terry Harper.

Fat Mac

November 3rd, 2011
9:19 am

Heyward’s stats so far are just like Terry Harper’s :

Link : http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/harpete01.shtml

So much for being the next Hank Aaron…

j

November 3rd, 2011
9:19 am

fat mac – really? your facts suck, just like you and your mom

Fat Mac

November 3rd, 2011
9:21 am

Nope. You suck Andy Brandon. And we are all tired of all the numerous names you post under on all the blogs. Get a job & a life. 33 years-old and a loser…

Tang

November 3rd, 2011
9:25 am

Not sure whomever gives out these awards saw the entire year he had. McCant pretty much stunk up the place the last two months.

j

November 3rd, 2011
9:27 am

i post under one name, the name your mom knows very well

j

November 3rd, 2011
9:28 am

great job McCann!

Your Mom Jokes

November 3rd, 2011
9:33 am

are really a thing of the past, just like Fat Mac’s mom

Ouch

November 3rd, 2011
9:35 am

that one was below the belt … which happens to be Fat Mac’s mom’s favorite place

Trainwreck

November 3rd, 2011
9:45 am

Glad he won his 5th now because I think going forward, if the stats are close the Giant’s Buster Posey would win based on popularity. Just my opinion, but after seeing JHEY get snubbed in the ROY voting last year, I think people would be more inclined to vote for Posey even though it is the players/mgs voting instead of sports writers. Idk just being a homer I guess.

Trainwreck

November 3rd, 2011
9:51 am

@ Carmen: cool story that sounds pretty exciting

STRETCH

November 3rd, 2011
9:52 am

USA TODAY’s Paul White ranks the top 50 free agents of the 2011 class (Rankings as of Nov. 3):

But here’s the top 5:

Player Current team Projection
1. Albert Pujols, 1B Cardinals Cardinals
2. Prince Fielder, 1B Brewers Cubs
3. C.J. Wilson, SP Rangers Yankees
4. Jose Reyes, SS Mets Braves
5. David Ortiz, DH Red Sox Red Sox

Dont know where they are getting their info from, but would be nice if the Braves could afford to do it!

Joey

November 3rd, 2011
10:06 am

“…had McCann not struggled down the stretch and had been HOT, along with Dan Uggla, the Braves would have won the world series,…”
***************************************
And, if pigs had wings . . .

It wasn’t a matter of hot or not hot. It was a matter of the Braves being the worst (or second worst) team in the majors at hitting with RISP. The Braves lack of clutch hitting got even worse in September.

There was a time that the Braves would wait until the World Series to choke. Then they started choking in the NLCS, then the first round.

This bunch choked in September – and broke records doing it.

adam

November 3rd, 2011
10:07 am

if mac was a first baseman he would put up votto numbers!

PMC

November 3rd, 2011
10:19 am

Imagine if they ever manage to field major league hitters in the outfield to go along with a middle of the order catcher….

Supes

November 3rd, 2011
10:19 am

Congrats to Brian McCann…now just don’t disappear down the stretch next year in September when your team needs you to deliver clutch hits. Brian wants his contract, deliver in 2012 for the Braves, push them into a playoff spot, prove that you can carry this team when it matters and THEN I’m sure the Braves will reward him well with a new deal. Meanwhile lets not forget we have a 20 year old promising catcher in Christian Betancourt…

As far as FA…Braves should consider giving Grady Sizemore a shot, he’s prime for a comeback year in LF (this time around)…move Prado back to utility/ Chipper’s backup at 3B.

DE Braves Fan

November 3rd, 2011
10:22 am

You people are unbelieveable. Seriously. 1 month does not make a season. Beat Molina in OBP(despite 30+ points lower in average), SLUG, OPS, HRs, and RBIs. All of that was with an awful September.

As far as Uggla I saw it coming. He doubled Phillips HRs but Phillips had equal RBIs and then beat Uggla in average(BY ALMOST 70 POINTS), OBP, Slug(and we all know that is Uggla’s game), and OPS

Bernard

November 3rd, 2011
10:24 am

Way to go homey:-)!!!!!

DE Braves Fan

November 3rd, 2011
10:28 am

I feel like all you fail to recognize that all the games count for the same amount. What plagued this team throughout the year was risp. They struggled game in and game out in that situation. It did not matter; 0 outs, 1 out, 2 outs; they ALWAYS found a way to fail. The Braves this year hit about 40 HRs more BUT scored almost 100 fewer runs. It was not just McCann and his Sep. It was EVERY player. Uggla, Chipper, J-Hey, Prado, Gonzalez

Mike#1

November 3rd, 2011
10:38 am

It’s amazing to me that he could still win this after that horrid second half. It speaks volumes about how good he was the first half.

Hopefully he can do it for the full length of 2012. Congrats, anyways.

Bill M.

November 3rd, 2011
10:39 am

Carmen—Did you read the whole post. I said Posey was injured. We don’t know how these players are going to do from year to year but I still think McCann’s days in Atlanta will be short. Don’t be shocked if the right deal came, Wren would do it. I like McCann but his defense and unable to run is lacking.

henry from TN

November 3rd, 2011
10:53 am

the way b-mac played the last two months he should never have got the silver slugger award….

Cecil34

November 3rd, 2011
11:03 am

Brian’s career would have benefited more had he been switched to first base when the Braves were in need of one.

Now, with Freddie, that option is no longer there – with this team.

Just above this article, you have an article about Bethancourt.

In a couple of years, if Bethancourt progresses as expected, there will have to be a decision made.

What will the decision be?

Most likely Brian will not finish his career in a Braves uniform.

bobby c

November 3rd, 2011
11:04 am

I agree I think the Braves should go after Sizemore or maybe Dejesus to play LF and have Pastornicky play SS along with Wilson backing him up or vice versa

smallmouth6

November 3rd, 2011
11:04 am

Congrats to a good player and person.

01HAWK

November 3rd, 2011
11:53 am

Everyone GET REAL…………………………….MCCANN can hit but he will never win a GOLD GLOVE AWARD. Those are the facts.

I will take the hitting over the defense. We need for him to get well and come back strong next year and hopefully work on his defense.

Blocking pitches in the dirt, throwing runners out, and geting crossed up with his pitchers has been his weakness.

Bravesnyer

November 3rd, 2011
12:10 pm

Yeahhhhh would he have won it with the way he COLLAPSED and CHOKED at the end. The guy never stays healthy, let him walk in 2 years; Betancourt is the future

Brave Hokie

November 3rd, 2011
12:36 pm

just-me

November 3rd, 2011
12:40 pm

TP will not get interview for Cards are Cubs job…..

ramblingman

November 3rd, 2011
12:46 pm

I am glad that rational people who are actually fans realize that the trolls who come on here and flood the site with negative comments about anything and everything are neither fans nor intelligent.

Mac is not only one of the best catchers in baseball, he is the heart and soul of the Braves. He has grown into a leader and assumed the mantle from Chipper. It’s obvious to true fans. He brings so many things to the game on top of his bat and ability to call a game. He is appreciated by Braves fans all around.

Go Braves.

BRAVESNATION4EVER

November 3rd, 2011
12:53 pm

All this talk of the those st louis cardinals winning the World Series has always been because the Braves handing them the World Series title by totally collapsing in September OF COURSE,not to mention the Braves have handed World Series titles to 5 teams including the cardinals before and after 1995 when the Braves last won the Fall Classic,the cardinals in 2011,the Giants in 2010 the yankees in 99 and 96,the Janys in 1992 and twins in 91 all because the Braves have been totally beating themselves in October.Now we fellow Braves fans have always lived with these totally heartbreaking October disappointments before and after 1995,but I can guarantee every last one of so many these totally idiotic BRAVE-haters that the BRAVES will start winning the BIG ONES in October year after year after all these October disappointments,HEY take a look at the NATION known as the REDSOX and those Chicago White Sox,now these two teams were losing in the postseason for 80-plus years and yet these two teams have tallied off three World Series titles with those REDSOX winning twice in 2004 and 2007 and those WhiteSox winning in 2005.The Braves are going through that same thing right now and they will start winning the BIG ONES sometime in the near future.GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

David Granger

November 3rd, 2011
1:32 pm

I’d like to see the Braves move McCann to first. He’s at that age where the wear and tear of catching starts to creep up on you…notice that his production fell off towards the end of the season. I’d love to see him work hard this winter to stay in shape…come to spring training and work on playing first base…and I’d bet he’d have a few seasons of the best offensive numbers of his career.

Bill

November 3rd, 2011
1:52 pm

DOB or Carroll are either of you going to GM’s meeting in Nov? Do you think anything important will happen..trades etc.

UGA91

November 3rd, 2011
2:01 pm

GM MEETINGS? D.O.B. will probably go for the first couple days then vacay HERE HE COMES.

bruce mac

November 3rd, 2011
2:12 pm

I would trade BMac and Ugla for Molina tomorrow. Now that is a catcher. BMac is pitiful on defense and at calling a game. He is a double play looking to happen and can’t score from first unless the ball leaves the park. We will never win with him as our catcher, especially batting fifth.

Laughing Jack (OUT LOUD)

November 3rd, 2011
2:17 pm

For those of you who would move McCann to first base next year, get real! What would you do with Freddy Freeman? Make him the right fielder or left fielder? McCann is a catcher: always has been and always will be! He is among the best at his trade….All Star recognized by fans; Silver Slugger recognized by professional players and managers. Truly stupidity reins on this blog. Please quit taking your disappointment over a failure to make the playoffs or win the world series out by calling players stupid names. The practice of name calling and denigrating players over your personal disappointment reflects badly on your own intelligence. Get over it and move on with some class!

PreciousStevens

November 3rd, 2011
3:16 pm

I hope that Tony LaRussa sent a thank-you card to the Braves for CHOKING and NOT ELIMINATING THE CARDINALS and allowing them to squeak into the playoffs and get themselves a world series title. If the Braves had won only two more games during the regular season, the Braves would have made the playoffs and went on to win the title. Thanks to the Braves ineptness over the years–there are two managers who have more titles than they should have–JOE TORRE AND TONY LARUSSA. The Braves should have beaten the Yanks in 1996 and the Cardinals should have been eliminated this season, giving the Braves TWO MORE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BELTS.

whodatatl

November 3rd, 2011
3:17 pm

Some people really need to look closely at the stats between McCann and Molina. Offensively, he’s much better in every category except strike outs but holds a better BA, OPS, SLG, and OBP than Molina. Defensively, the only area that Molina is significantly better in is in the stolen bases allowed and pick off category. Get off his back, he’s one of the top 10 catchers probably ever and people find room to bitch. The dude sacrificed himself to get back to the team b/c David Ross is a career .236 hitter and we couldn’t rely on him to be an offensive spark.

dap01

November 3rd, 2011
3:32 pm

We will be World Champions every year if our biggest problem was McCann.

swhite

November 3rd, 2011
3:38 pm

Before you Mac haters keep going on it might be a good idea to check the stats. McCann played in 126 games, Molina in 137. Each had 5 errors. Each had a .995 fielding percentage. Molina’s caught stealing ratio was 29%, Mac’s was 22%. Molina has 6 passed balls, Mac 7. Mac was involved in 14 double plays, Molina in 5. Mac had 78 assists, Molina had 65. As you look across the fielding chart you’ll see they match up almost exactly.

The bottom line is this, unless you’re able to back up your blather with facts you’ll always be what you are – trolls and bottom-feeders who know absolutely nothing about baseball but think you do. After you guys squat behind a plate for 1000 plus innings trying to think through every situation and catch a baseball coming at you anywhere from 85 to 100 mph, then you can talk about it.

There’s a reason why players and managers selected McCann for this award – they think he earned it. What have any of you earned lately?

Bill

November 3rd, 2011
3:42 pm

Just say no to Reyes and Rollins…both got problems with health and want to much money….
If no trade for SS…then go after Clint Barmes are Jamey Carroll are the kid from Pirates all free agents and are affordable.
Would also love to see Braves get Lorenzo Cain…..Bourne in LF..Cain in CF..J-Hey in RF and you got speed..defence and pretty good hitters….just my 2 cents worth

Ken Stallings

November 3rd, 2011
4:04 pm

Congrats BMac!

It also renders stupid (as if any more evidence was needed) all the blog comments that said Brian had a failed season!

He was only the best hitting catcher in the NL!

And his defense and pitch calling is solid as well.

pdt

November 3rd, 2011
4:10 pm

I like McCann, but this award is totally undeserved. Molina should be mad today. McCann did not have an award-deserving year.

PreciousStevens

November 3rd, 2011
4:36 pm

I like McCann, but he looked like a fool at the plate the last couple of game this season. The pitchers kept throwing strikes and he kept taking the pitches instead of swinging his bat through the zone and knocking the ball over the fence and giving his Braves a playoff birth. During the offseason, MCCANN NEEDS TO LEARN WHERE THE STRIKE ZONE IS SO THAT he doesnt make a fool of himself next season, taking pitches he should be belting over the fence.

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