All-Star streak likely to end for struggling McCann

For the first time in his major league career, Brian McCann is not likely to hear his name called when All-Star selections are announced on Sunday at 1 p.m. on TBS.

The first player in Braves franchise history to make the All-Star game in his first six full seasons is underperforming this season, hitting .230 entering Saturday’s game. Meanwhile Carlos Ruiz of the Phillies is having a career year, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is coming into his own offensively and San Francisco Giant Buster Posey is right back where he left off before his ankle injury.

Among the Braves expected to be selected are second baseman Dan Uggla, who was leading in the latest vote tally by 770,395 over Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips and closer Craig Kimbrel, who is leading the National League with 22 saves. All three Braves starting outfielders should be in the mix for spots as reserves: Michael Bourn, Martin Prado and Jason Heyward. Chipper Jones could also be a sentimental pick by manager Tony La Russa playing his final season before retiring.

The All-Star game isn’t the primary concern for McCann, though, who is constantly working to make adjustments and get himself right at the plate. He’s been victimized by the defensive shift much of the year, and he lost nearly a week at the plate battling a flu virus. His production has been there – with nine home runs and 35 RBIs – but his consistency not.

“At some point you’ve got to get out of your own dome,” Jones said. “Me personally, I think he’s a little tired. Catching is tough. And that’s why catchers are rewarded so handsomely. It’s the toughest job on the field. You’re talking about 100-plus degree heat and having to shed all that stuff and walk up to the plate and be on cue. It’s not easy to do.”

McCann will get a day off for Sunday’s day game against the Nationals, but manager Fredi Gonzalez doesn’t like to sit him long. He thinks it’s just a matter of getting some balls to fall.

“I see the bat going through the strike zone,” Gonzalez said. “He’s hit some balls hard at times. The shift has probably killed him more than anybody I’ve ever seen in 2012…

“Your eyes tell you something but then the numbers tell you something different. And my eyes are telling me his swing is OK. But at the end of the day the numbers are the ones that don’t lie, I guess.”

Just when McCann started to heat up during interleague play, with three straight multi-hit games including two home runs against the Yankees and Orioles, he cooled off again. He hit .156 (7-for-45) over his next 11 games entering Saturday.

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I dislike Freddi more daily...

June 30th, 2012
3:23 pm

Yeah, can’t see why he would deserve it.

TuffShhhtuff

June 30th, 2012
3:27 pm

Uggla has no business being there either with the way he has been for the last month. All he will do is embarrass himself and Atlanta again. Is this a popularity contest, or for the best players? Phillips is head and shoulders above Uggla right now.

Ralph

June 30th, 2012
3:34 pm

Must be Marlins fans voting for Uggla, can’t believe anyone in Atlanta would vote for his sorry ass.

1991 braves

June 30th, 2012
3:36 pm

If McCant plays today in this heat, he might be hitting his weight by the end of game .230. This guy is the worst defensive catcher in the N.L., but fans don’t vote on defensive skills, they only vote on batting averages and homeruns, and now he can’t even hit. LOL!! NEWS FLASH, the leader of the braves has told the manager for the 30th time this season that he doesn’t want to play today, it’s too hot. This pathetic loser is making $15 million, and he doesn’t want to play because it is too hot. If the manager or the G.M had any balls at all, they would tell this crybaby to play or get out of town. What a joke this clown and this franchise has become under Wren &Fred Flintstone.

BravesWin

June 30th, 2012
3:43 pm

As far as Uggla goes in the All-Star balloting, it’s likely AL fans voting for him.

shawn

June 30th, 2012
3:45 pm

Uggla an all star? Is this a joke? No way ….

bruce

June 30th, 2012
3:47 pm

Thanks Carroll…!

BravesFan

June 30th, 2012
3:51 pm

I may not have been around to see the glory days of Braves baseball but I can say I am a true fan of them. I’m not a fair weather fan who gets mad when a player its slumping but come on true fans support the team and not criticize all the time. To me Dan Uggla is one of the best players on the team. Did all of you forget he carried this team for two months last year?

TuffShhhtuff

June 30th, 2012
3:53 pm

“BravesWin” good point, had not thought of that.
“BravesFan” that was last year, you do realize that has nothing to do with this year do you not? Get real!

jerry

June 30th, 2012
3:53 pm

There are a couple of big holes in the Braves lineup and the damn things are following McCann and Uggla everywhere they go.

TuffShhhtuff

June 30th, 2012
3:56 pm

CR, Any reason this game was not moved out of the sun, humidity, and high temps to tonight?

Braveschamps95

June 30th, 2012
3:59 pm

TuffShhhtuff, it is a popularity contest when the fans vote on it. Not sure why that’s a surprise to anyone.

TuffShhhtuff

June 30th, 2012
4:02 pm

This AS game is too important now(winning league gets WS homefield advantage) for it to be a popularity contest. That means the best players are not necessarily there. Can’t Bud Selig see this, or is he blind as usual?

Mark

June 30th, 2012
4:06 pm

If Uggla makes the All-Star team that’ll be embarrassing!

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 30th, 2012
4:14 pm

Sad for Mac, but he didn’t earn it this year. Not even close…. maybe next year

Mark

June 30th, 2012
4:17 pm

4 considerations: Prado should go. Maybe Bourn. Chipper just on his career. Kimbrel. Thats it.

Ralph

June 30th, 2012
4:18 pm

BravesFan
June 30th, 2012
3:51 pm

Guess you havn’t been watching the games this year!

Mark

June 30th, 2012
4:21 pm

I hope I have to eat my words but since Uggla has been here, except for that 1 streak, he has been terrible!

Mark

June 30th, 2012
4:29 pm

Well, make that 90 Ks for the year for Uggla and another one with a man in scoring position.

TuffShhhtuff

June 30th, 2012
4:29 pm

Wow that was a shock! Uggla striking out with a runner on third! Send him on to the All Star game, we don’t need him.

Mark

June 30th, 2012
4:32 pm

I bet Desmond makes a good effort to get the runner to 3rd

Mark

June 30th, 2012
4:33 pm

The Nats have done it twice in 2 innings today. We couldn’t do it once last night.

iTiSi

June 30th, 2012
4:33 pm

I see a lot of empty seats in the background. Those are the smart ones. The dumb ones are the ones that are there in the first place, and especially the ones chugging alcohol. Only makes you hotter!

1991 braves

June 30th, 2012
4:35 pm

Baseball is very simple game. Nats right handed batter hits the ball to right side of infield with runner on second and no outs to advance him to 3rd. Too bad simple minded managers like Fred doesn’t understand the fundamentals of baseball

iTiSi

June 30th, 2012
4:40 pm

Mark, now that you brought it back up, that is still bugging me too. That situation with a runner on second and a chance to tie it up just wasted by the genius, FG. I checked today and Hinske has no sacrifices in 106 ABs. There sat Hudson on the bench with 3 Sacs in 27ABs, and Jurrgens with 3 Sac bunts for 11ABs. Either one stood a good chance of bunting Freeman over to 3B where a sac fly would have scored him. What is so difficult to understand about that? Is FG all that inept? I know the answer. Yep, he is!

TuffShhhtuff

June 30th, 2012
4:48 pm

It’s so hot today that ump is calling anything within 3 ft of the plate a strike!

ijonathan

June 30th, 2012
4:51 pm

I think Francisco’s head is looking into the Braves dugout as the ball is crossing the plate.

durrtydogg

June 30th, 2012
4:53 pm

Delgado and Minor have lost all of their confidence. Big series comes up and guess who we have on the mound for two of three?? My my my.

Mark

June 30th, 2012
4:55 pm

A bunt would have been an ok call. But again, Hinski shoulkd have been able to do what Harper did and Desmond did and thats hit the ball to the right side. Both led to runs for the Nats.

Last night we get a weak fly ball to CF by Hinski

Mark

June 30th, 2012
4:59 pm

This is going to get real ugly soon!!!!

rc35

June 30th, 2012
5:03 pm

Well, we had been wishing that Minor would pitch the second time through the lineup like he did the first time through. It went the other way.

Mark

June 30th, 2012
5:07 pm

Alright Bourn. Get to 2B

rc35

June 30th, 2012
5:12 pm

Good start, but I bet they walk Freeman to get to the Strikeout King.

Mark

June 30th, 2012
5:12 pm

Good AB JHey

rc35

June 30th, 2012
5:14 pm

I’m truly shocked they pitched to Freddie. Thanks, Washington!

Mark

June 30th, 2012
5:14 pm

Good Freeman.

Now, Uggla up again with a runner in scoring position.

rc35

June 30th, 2012
5:15 pm

I owe Mr. Uggla an apology. Thanks, Dan!

Mark

June 30th, 2012
5:17 pm

I am glad I was wrong in this instance. Hope it happens more often

Yogi Berra

June 30th, 2012
5:43 pm

MaCann don’t deserve to go to All-Star game. I hope Brave trade him while he still may have some value.

Dawg Haus

June 30th, 2012
6:27 pm

Tough for B-Mac, but he’ll bounce back. The good ones always do.

chas

June 30th, 2012
6:43 pm

i thought democrats were dumb, so maybe it is them that are voting for struggla

SMOLTZ 29

June 30th, 2012
6:57 pm

Games like last night that Fredi pissed away will haunt us later in the season! You have to play small ball in the 9th, and sac Freeman to third. PLus, as long as Minor and Delgado remain in the rotation, we will never go on a long winning streak. MERCY

FireFrediot!!!

June 30th, 2012
8:39 pm

True all stars should be picked on their stats for the season, not by fanatic fans or anyone. Take the top player in each category and then you would see the true stars–not has been super stars.

Bvillebaron

June 30th, 2012
8:55 pm

SMOLTZ 29

Sorry to bust your bubble, but Gonzalez wasn’t responsible for Friday’s loss. The credit for that goes to Jack Wilson who made the first of the 3 errors which led to 2 unearned runs and turned a 1-0 deficit into a 3 run deficit It’s pretty pathetic when a guy who can’t hit a lick and is on the team solely because of his glove can’t make a routine play for what should have been a 1,2,3 inning. Almost as pathetic as you and the other “geniuses” who go out of their way to rip Gonzalez.

reckingball

June 30th, 2012
9:05 pm

Likely? to end.

The Cap Tipper

June 30th, 2012
9:19 pm

“Uggla has no business being there either with the way he has been for the last month. All he will do is embarrass himself and Atlanta again. Is this a popularity contest, or for the best players? Phillips is head and shoulders above Uggla right now.”

Well lets see Uggla is hitting .236 with 11 homers, 14 doubles, 43 rbi, 51 runs scored, a .365 OBP, and .984 Fielding Percentage. 2-time all star.

Phillips is hitting .287 with 10 homers, 11 doubles, 46 rbi, 41 runs scored, a .328 OBP, and .993 Fielding Percentage. 2-time all-star.

Not exactly “head and shoulders” above. While Phillips has a much better batting average and better fielding percentage, Uggla has gotten on base much more, has scored 10 more runs for his team, and in most people’s opinions has been clutch outside this last month. I will admit his numbers this month have been atrocious, but every fan knows he will end the year at around 35 homers and 90-100 rbi, he is about as consistent as they come throughout a whole year. Do most fans think Phillips will wind up with 35 homers and 100 rbi’s this year? Not many outside Cincy, so Uggla, while probably not having as good a year as Phillips, gets the nod based on career consistency. Uggla has outperformed Phillips in his 7 year career (vs. Phillip’s 11) in Homeruns, Rbi, runs scored, and OBP. And Phillips .273 career average, is not that much higher than Uggla’s .257. So at the end of the year the fans know Dan will get on several more tears, and his numbers will probably look like .260 35 HR, 100 RBI, 100 runs scored. They don’t have that faith in Phillips, its as simple as that…

bostonbravo

June 30th, 2012
9:22 pm

Fickle folks…

Uggla is STILL a pantload
Francisco is a “LOAD” period
and Havana Fats needs to go.

m4licious420

June 30th, 2012
9:36 pm

You Gonzalez supporters are truly astounding… I mean, are you watching the same games that I am or not? Apparently, you are not. Yes, Wilson made an error, and in the end it cost us a couple of runs. However, the guys were able to bounce back and tie up the game. At that point, all is forgiven, you’ve got the chance to win the ballgame. Durbin gives up the solo homer to Morse and we’re down by one; still a manageable game, though. We begin the bottom of the ninth with a lead-off double and now all we have to do is got that runner home. So, with a man on second and no outs, what is the best option here? Most will agree that a bunt should be in order to advance that runner to third to setup a potential sac fly to tie the game. Well, Gonzalez doesn’t do that, instead, he lets everyone swing away and we lose the game. That loss was on the manager’s shoulders, not Wilson’s… we had the opportunity to tie the game up, but Gonzalez blew it.

Chris

July 1st, 2012
12:49 am

dropped Uggla from my fantasy team last week, McCann probably next.

Jack in Macon

July 1st, 2012
11:58 am

He doesn’t deserve to go to the all-star game. He now only has mostly warning track power and he doesn’t have the right stroke to left field to beat the shift.

Wren needs to be bold (although he doesn’t have the b*lls) and trade him now before the AL teams realize his productivity is going to drop rapidly.

I love the guy and what he has done for the Braves, but it has to be about the team. Get a good pitcher or position player based on his past value before teams catch on. Ross an Boscan can handle the catching.

Uggla needs a day off

July 1st, 2012
12:08 pm

Uggla with 90 K’s now and we are still 4 games from half way. He is on target for 190 K’s now, not 180. That would set the Braves record. On target for 16 errors. That likely would set a Braves’ record for errors by a 2B. Hopefully, some team in the AL could use him and take the big $$$ off our hands. Like Adam Dunn, Uggla belongs in the AL.

Hmmmmmmm

July 1st, 2012
1:07 pm

Prado and Bourne are the only Brave outfielders that are All Stars…. I really have NO idea what this LOVE affair O’Brien has with Jason Heyward…… Kinda weird, really…

Drew

July 1st, 2012
1:13 pm

One can argue Uggla and McCann should be all-stars because they both have been the best at their position in the NL for years for the things that get noticed – RBI’s, HR’s, Big hits, and good enough defensively to not give it away. That typically is enough to warrant being an all-star.

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