4:31 pm April 21, 2012, by David O'Brien
April 21st, 20127:50 pm
I think we would all be surprised at Mac’s off-season conditioning program
April 21st, 20127:51 pm
Baseball is magic. There is no other explanation. Fredi did not suddenly become a genius of motivation. When a team that had been as bad as this one suddenly becomes as good as this one, magic is in the air! I’m all in for Magic! Eveybody on board the Magic Bus!
And so that Im clear, im not, now or in the future, expecting him to look like freakin Sly Stalone from the 80s, with no body fat, but i mean just because youre always gonna be big doesnt mean you cant do work to cut some of it down
very young team for the most part, not surprising that tere are few long term contracts
April 21st, 20127:52 pm
McCann lose 20 to 30 lbs., he is a ball player, not a Victoria Secrets runway model.
I still don’t think that he is overweight.
Options on Heap and Hudson
The Braves will have a lot of financial decisions to make after this year and I doubt they will want to spend any of their money on Bourn.
April 21st, 20127:53 pm
Its like i said, Im not by any means saying that I think McCann just sits around being lazy in the offseason. I know he works his butt off, as does any professional athlete. You have to, or you fall by the wayside. Im simply stating I would like to see him come into camp one year looking like hes actually lost a decent amound of weight. 215-220 would probably be a VERY comfortable playing weight for him.
Not trying to be mean but you have no idea what Mac does in the off season. All reports are that he works his butt off and eats as healthy as he can. And I have no idea how much fat he could be storing because I have not seen him without his shirt and have never weighed him or measured him for body fat. To say he is no in good shape is flat out ridiculous. Just because someone doesn’t have the body of Jason Heyward does not mean they are not in shape.
hey DOB, you see these guys regularly with their cloths off, is McFatty 30-50 pounds overweight?
April 21st, 20127:54 pm
If Bourn isn’t back, which I agree could be the case, who plays CF next season? they go the FA route?
April 21st, 20127:55 pm
cracked me up big time, nolie
Anyways I am done talking about Mac. He’s not fat. He’s not out of shape. He works hard all the time. You all that can’t wait to get rid of him will discover just how valuable he is to this team if he is no longer here.
perhaps Durango gets a chance if he has another good AAA season?
All I’m saying is for longevity losing some weight would help McCann out. Now does he need to lose weight to help him this season….not really but does he need to lose weight to help him when he is 32 or 33 absolutely
McFann :Ô: :Ô:
April 21st, 20127:56 pm
215-220 would probably be a VERY comfortable playing weight for him.
He usually comes to camp around 225 or so—last year or maybe the year before, he said he was right around his Rookie weight of 220…
Ralph – you’re a genius!
April 21st, 20127:57 pm
B/Mac has never been real great at throwing out runners, on the other hand though there may be 4 or 5 games a year (just a guess) that a game is lost due to a base stolen off him but how many games are won during the same year because of his bat. Having said that I still don’t think braves will give him the kind of contract he can get else where.
cabravesfan You all that can’t wait to get rid of him will discover just how valuable he is to this team if he is no longer here.
That’s the truth. Not that I want to be given the chance to rub that in their faces…
April 21st, 2012
didn’t get to see any ST games, how is his defense??
I never said he was 30 to 50 pounds over weight I said he had 30 to 50 pounds of fat now every body has fat stored on them that they need but I did say he was 20-30 overweight. I think if he came in at 215 he would be much better
I believe the BRAVES will sign BRIAN to long contract, with CHIPPER gone BRIAN is face of BRAVES.
April 21st, 20127:58 pm
Hence my post just above yours. I never said he was lazy or that he doesnt work hard. Wasnt my point
No, Mac isn’t the best-throwing catcher, but a lot of the base-stealing “credit” belongs to the pitchers….
hell I was almost 2 inches shorter than Mac is and had no fat at all back when I was catching and weighed 215 at least. 225 is prolly about right for Mac
April 21st, 20127:59 pm
I have never attacked McCann the only thing I said was if he lost some weight it would help his legs out later in his career.
Is it just me, or are Final Jeopardy questions getting easier?
Do you have any idea how much he currently weighs?
April 21st, 20128:00 pm
looks ok out there from what I saw Lawton, and has always had a good OBP in the minors. not any pop though.
April 21st, 20128:01 pm
I don’t know, Lawton, maybe nolie is right an Dodge get a shot.
The way I see it the Braves have to be concerned with Heap, Heyward if he continues to progress, then Hanson and Freddie. Hudson should be reasonable to keep if they want him.
McCann looks great this year physically. Man, I still can’t believe that this is our last year of Chipper Jones. My biggest regret is the 1994 strike as I stopped watching baseball for 10 years, and missed a lot of his prime. I went from watching 100 Braves game per year on TV since 1980 to zero. I finally started watching again in 2006. The strike about did me in for baseball.
gettin’ close to game time
April 21st, 20128:02 pm
Because signing a catcher to a huge long term contract is a huge risk because of the wear and tear. Also wit the Braves havng the worst TV deal in the league they are slowly going from a Mid Market team to a Small Market team. So you just can afford to waste money on a catcher with bum knees because he kept weight on.
April 21st, 20128:03 pm
Tommy might need to pick it up a bit in this park tonight
April 21st, 20128:04 pm
Did Joe Simpson just say Hanson is a power pitcher? I dont think i have ever seen a power pitcher throw 88 89, See this is why Hanson might have issues. In his mind he is a power pitcher but he no longer has the stuff to be a power pitcher.
April 21st, 20128:05 pm
empty house on a Saturday night, just me and the dogs and the Braves on TV. Doesn’t get any better.
I will agree that keeping weight low is generally a good thing for a catcher, I disagree with your assessment of Mac as being all that overweight.enuff for me
April 21st, 20128:08 pm
Great article, DOB. Will put the blog jinx to bed early? It’s past his bedtime.
April 21st, 20128:09 pm
Ok nolie i will take that but lets say if McCann lost 10 lbs would he be a better player?
Here’s a good site that shows Braves future contract obligations. The numbers shown for McCann and Hudson are the buy-out numbers if the Braves do NOT pick up the options; Hudson’s 2013 option is for $9M and McCann is for $12M. Note McCann is making $11.67M this years due to escalators in his contract.
Why isn’t Ross starting tonight vs a lefty?
About as much of a clue as you do cabravesfan. All I can do is guess. Just because he is listed at 230 doesnt make him 230. Uggla is listed at 5′11 and thats about an inch or two off. Just because someone is listed at one thing doesnt mean its accurate. Especially with weight. Usually fluctuates at about a 5lb range during the season. Fact is, I know as much and as little as you about how much he actually weighs. None of that even pertains to my point which was…….IF he played at about 215-220 it would do nothing but help him. Im glad you see fit to argue that point….since I clearly never stated that he sucked/ was lazy/ didnt work hard/ isnt a good ball player. Never once did any of those things come from my keyboard. But hey, if you think he would have a better career in his later years weighing what he does now more power to you.
April 21st, 20128:11 pm
Great bunt, Michael!!!
April 21st, 20128:12 pm
Matt Gelb @magelb
Cliff Lee was just placed on the disabled list. Left oblique srain.
You seem to know absolutely nothing…
April 21st, 20128:13 pm
no I don’t think that 10 pounds makes much actual difference to a baseball player except perhaps a guy whose career is based on speed
I’m not the one saying he should play at a certain weight without knowing what he currently weighs. Truth is, I don’t care what he weighs. Nor did I say (or mean to say) that you, specifically said he was any of those things- but you did say he should spend the off season trying to get into GOOD shape, which to me implies you think he is not in good shape now.
Anyways , I’m done.
April 21st, 20128:14 pm
opponents 9 for 21 stealing against Saunders last season…..
doesn’t Saunders “own” us??
April 21st, 20128:15 pm
if a pitcher could a team after 2 games, i guess……
April 21st, 20128:16 pm
Dont swing at balls freddie
April 21st, 20128:17 pm
no RBI there. send him down
April 21st, 20128:18 pm
Nice glove work by Hill
Get ‘em in Heap
speed kills, Mac’s speed is intimidating
I didn’t realize he could run all the way to first lugging all of that weight around…
Uggla at worst better get an RBI.
That should be ruled a hit. BMac needs a hit with RISP…
Hell, that’ll work
oh no bases loaded with less than 2 out, we is domed!!!
Make him throw a strike Uggla
April 21st, 20128:19 pm
Didn’t he have one last night?
April 21st, 20128:20 pm
we is domed!!!
No, they opened it up…
oh boy we trying to swing for the fences toniht
send that bum down too
can u get more worthless than uggla? wut a pahtetidc approach once again. i knew this was coming. patehtic.
Joe Saunders – a fellow Hokie. The only one left in the league.
Still not pulling for him.
oh boy we trying to swing for the fences tonight
Come on Chipper
April 21st, 20128:21 pm
Wow…just wow. Right down the middle…slow and up in the zone Uggla.
I think that guy was on first…but that’s OK—homers are great no matter where the runners are!
UGGLA IS A WORTHLESS GARBAGE.
April 21st, 20128:22 pm
Trying to avoid the grand slam…
take that walk old man, RBI
Good AB, Hoss!!!
That should be ruled a hit. BMac needs a hit with RISP…
Can’t be since it was actually two errors. Should have been a DP and even if he picks it up cleanly, he still would have had Mac at 1st.
Does that count as good “ABC” ball?
Come on Jason, make ‘em pay
April 21st, 20128:23 pm
sigh. amazing that we got one I guess
At least we are making Saunders throw a bunch of pitches maybe we will get to him by the 4th inning
that was ABE then BB ball……..
April 21st, 20128:24 pm
That was definitely a 2011 inning…except we got a bounce and scored one. I’ll take 6 of them!!
gotta admit to a bad feeling about this game.
Lets hope Tommy pitches like Minor and Beachy and that the offense holds up for him. You know he’s got to be hoping for that.
April 21st, 20128:25 pm
wHY IS uGGLA HITTING AHEAD OF jONES AND hEYWARD? uGGLA IS A RALLY KILLER. yOU TAKE HIS 30 GAME HITTING STREAK OUT LAST YEAR HE HAS BEEN PATHETIC. hE JUST BUILTS MUSCLE INSTEAD OF LEARNING HOW TO HIT.
Rilo, let’s see if Braves hitters make adjustments as the game goes on…..
April 21st, 20128:26 pm
Even though we are up 1-0, somehow it feels as if we are down 5-1 .
April 21st, 20128:27 pm
Can’t be since it was actually two errors.
Picky picky picky… Always gotta be a trouble maker…
91 on the K. What heat from the Braves!!!
Bloomquist was out in front of the fastball, lol
April 21st, 20128:28 pm
Veer–calm down, dude.
That IS what this team is saying is different from last year. Other than the 1st four games I would have to say Im a believer.
Fire Uggla! And Terry Pendleton!
April 21st, 2012
only to you, veer.
April 21st, 20128:29 pm
Aw, poor Marteen…
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