McCann dropped to seventh in order

A slumping Brian McCann was dropped to seventh in the Braves order Monday, a spot in the order McCann hasn’t had more than an occasional at-bat in since 2007.

But McCann, who’s primarily hit third or fourth the past couple of seasons, was hitting only .226 on the season after going 3-for-21 in the first six games of this homestand.

“I brought this on myself,” McCann said Monday. “You’ve got some really good hitters in this lineup. That’s what makes it a little a bit more frustrating for me. We have so much support now with JHey (Jason Heyward) and (Freddie) Freeman and Mike (Bourn) and (Martin) Prado’s a stud. All these guys are playing great and I’m the one kind of holding everyone back. That’s frustrating.”

When manager Fredi Gonzalez told him Monday he’d be hitting seventh, McCann told Gonzalez to bat him wherever he wanted to; his only concern was winning. But the move will add that much more motivation for McCann to get back right at the plate.

“I’ll be back,” he said. “I’ll be back up in the middle of the order shortly.”

Staff writer Steve Hummer contributed to this report.

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ray k.

July 2nd, 2012
8:24 pm

BravesfaninWis

July 2nd, 2012
8:24 pm

Funny, the Braves are being shutout against the worst team in baseball, and shutdown by a pitcher who has lost his last 4 starts. Not to mention has struck out 8 batters in 4 2/3 innings. Yep, sounds about right of the Atlanta Braves

Yogi Berra

July 2nd, 2012
8:47 pm

Braves will pull this one out…I hope.

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

July 2nd, 2012
8:54 pm

“All these guys are playing great and I’m the one kind of holding everyone back. That’s frustrating.”

Aw, BMac!… :( You WILL be back. You’re going to beat this…

Biff Pocoroba

July 2nd, 2012
8:55 pm

This team is garbage. The Cubs are awful and starting a pitcher who has stunk the past month and the braves make him look like Cy Young. Fredi needs to go to give this team a spark. These guys are clueless with Fredi on the bench.

BravesfaninWis

July 2nd, 2012
8:58 pm

What a pathetic waste of space team. I swear, if they could ever do anything right it would be a f’n miracle. Getting their asses handed to them by the worst team in baseball. Do us all a favor and don’t bring in any players and instead trade away the ones you currently have because this team will never amount to jack crap.

SOS braves

July 2nd, 2012
8:59 pm

What a joke this team is. Cannot beat the flubs. Guess I will go watch something that is awful but not as awful as watching these losers ( the bachelorette)!!! Braves suck

Weaseal

July 2nd, 2012
9:00 pm

Some nights I wish the Braves would trade me ..another Blue Monday

BravesfaninWis

July 2nd, 2012
9:11 pm

Man the Braves suck. A leadoff double, and they can’t find a way to get that run in. The worst team in baseball is showing them up on their home turf. I hope that makes them feel good. The choking continues for these losers.

BravesfaninWis

July 2nd, 2012
9:14 pm

I’d laugh if every Braves fan got up and left and just let Cubs fans stay. That’s exactly what these losers deserve. They sure don’t deserve support. Not after last season and what they are doing this season. Time for a change, this team is just stale as month old bread.

BravesfaninWis

July 2nd, 2012
9:17 pm

Bourn, it has been nice watching you play, but please sign with a team that has a chance at winning. Your talents are being wasted in Atlanta, this is not a team where your dreams will be fulfilled.

NorCal Brave

July 2nd, 2012
9:18 pm

You’re right, Mac, you brought in on yourself. But outside of Prado and Simmons, this lineup has no life in it anyway. Funny, all these slumping Braves say they just care about winning. They must think somebody will do it for them.

shorty

July 2nd, 2012
9:20 pm

Fire Fredi the Fail…The Braves are just going through the motions under this clown.

JC Boscan III

July 2nd, 2012
9:24 pm

I wonder how many times this year the Braves come back to tie, or finally take a small lead, only to give it back the very NEXT time our pitcher wanders out to the mound. It seems like it happens several times per week…………………

Biff Pocoroba

July 2nd, 2012
9:26 pm

Good to see Heyward get back to normal. Another lazy waste talent for an Atlanta sports team. The Braves need to get rid of these losers like the Hawks are doing today. Gwinnett just lost 14 in a row so Wren is killing off the franchise at all levels.

JC Boscan III

July 2nd, 2012
9:27 pm

What’s with these idiotic head-first slides into first base!?!?!?!? Unless there’s a tag play due to a bad throw, it’s STUPID to slide like that into first base. Fundamentals, and the lack thereof……….

BravesfaninWis

July 2nd, 2012
9:43 pm

Typical Braves crap. Go retire already Larry. This team is useless. Anyone want to buy some Braves collectibles? Check eBay soon, I am getting rid of everything that is associated with these losers.

David the Shepherd

July 2nd, 2012
9:44 pm

“What’s with these idiotic head-first slides into first base!?!?!?!? Unless there’s a tag play due to a bad throw, it’s STUPID to slide like that into first base. Fundamentals, and the lack thereof…”–JCB

Well, that’s because they are not taught fundamentals by the coaching staff. Watching these guys try to bunt or move the runners over is laughable. You can tell they don’t practice bunting much when they get all wide-eyed and jumpy when called upon to do so (not to mention the horrible mechanics they display). The “manager” lets them do what they think is best and asks them their opinions on what should be done with themselves…what a joke. Too bad it’s not funny to Braves’ fans.

1991 braves

July 2nd, 2012
9:49 pm

McCant shouldn’t worry about his pitiful season. He will get rewarded by the worst G.M in baseball. I’m sure Wren will resign him to a 4 year contract for around $15 million per year to be the face of the franchise. The braves have to have another loser to represent this joke of a team, and a player like McCant who has been on the decline the past couple of seasons would be just what Wren likes. Wren will have alot of money to spend next year, and i’m sure he will spend it wisely like he always does. With Chipper’s $15 million gone, what better way to spend that money than to reward a player that can’t hit his weight with a multiple year deal. Too bad the braves can’t hire a G.M. like the Hawks. It has taken him one week to get rid of all the overpaid losers on the Hawks, and he is getting rid of the long term contracts. Braves fans can only hope for a miracle, and they can only hope that Wren will be replaced soon.

N8

July 2nd, 2012
9:51 pm

“McCann dropped to seventh in order”

They might want to try batting him 10th.

dawg4u

July 2nd, 2012
9:52 pm

We continue our losing ways against the worst team in the NL. They probably won’t have the worst record after this series. Absentee ownership plus the worst manager in MLB doesn’t help either. We were spoiled by having the best GM in baseball for years with John Schuerholtz. Frank Wren we knew John Schuerholtz and you ain’t no John Schuerholtz. Let’s get a GM and manager that can change this listless, lackadaisical look on the field. We are under .500 the last two months and just getting worse by the the day. The Braves used to be really good at home but this bunch is just beyond awful!

shorty

July 2nd, 2012
9:53 pm

Its painfully obvious these guys do not respect Fredi the Fail…send this clown away!

Felix

July 2nd, 2012
9:55 pm

An embarrassment. Lately the defense has been clownish. Can’t even put down bunts.
One run? One lousy run against the Cubs; the worse team in the NL?
Great! Just Great!!

Felix

July 2nd, 2012
10:00 pm

Things won’t get better until Wren is gone. He has been the one consistent factor with these lousy teams. He is just a terrible judge of talent and an incompetent at the ‘art of dealmaking’. He is in over his head.

Franscisco? Ben Sheets? Are you kidding me?

Harpie

July 2nd, 2012
10:27 pm

Pitiful, absolutely pitiful…

P B Orr

July 2nd, 2012
11:02 pm

“I’ll be back in the middle of the order shortly.” This stupid confidence in the face of absolute suckage says it all about that guy. We should have traded him for some decent pitching and defense while we could. The Braves are going to stink until he’s gone, and hopefully Uggla and Fredi too.

Lee Maye

July 3rd, 2012
1:09 am

McCann is very out of shape. He hasn’t worked very hard to get in shape. His defensive skills are below average. Send him to the AL now while we might get something. Might not be a bad idea to send him for pitching, and not for a short term rental pitcher.

Braves have too many holes and are not going to win this year, so why not have a fire sale. Get rid of McCann, Uggla, and Hudson now. And, Fredi. Wren is a problem too.

Charlie

July 3rd, 2012
5:52 am

“I’ll be back shortly…” Brian McCann announced all his hitting problems “fixed” a few weeks ago. Ya Right. Like many of the Braves, McCann is a head case choker. McCann quit hitting last September, during the Braves BIG CHOKE. This team is the same one, as then. Their month of June is very similar to last September.
This “spit it out” group of ball players are quite worthless: Dan Uggla, Delgado, Minor, Venters.First Inning Tim, JJ, Gopher Ball Tommy, Hinske, Diaz, Wilson, Freddie the K, the LOSER LIST goes on and on.
McCann is done in Atlanta. Pray the same fate awaits Fredi, Franki W., and the rest of the losers.

MikeY

July 3rd, 2012
6:06 am

McCann seems to still have vision problems. He really squints at the plate, it looks terrible. Time for another visit to the eye doctor.

Also, Ross is raking vs left handed pitching, Fredi needs more of a pure platoon at catcher.

alex

July 3rd, 2012
8:01 am

Mccann can’t hit,catch,throw or run, the original 1 tool player…….
Nice guy, we all like him, but he is in steep decline (read “the tipping point”)

VinnyD

July 3rd, 2012
8:07 am

remember that time mccann tried to hit the ball the to the opposite field instead of taking the 1st basemen’s head off? Me neither.

Jeffro Bodeen

July 3rd, 2012
9:02 am

McCann can’t see ……if the coaches haven’t noticed him with the “Dale Murphy Squint” that he’s developed, then they ain’t doing their job. Murph had it late in his career, and I think it went unnoticed because he already had a propensity for swinging at bad pitches, so most folks just wrote it off as an aging hack of a swing. Get him a new prescription on his lenses and he’ll be fine.

bobby

July 3rd, 2012
9:19 am

I agree that much of McCann’s problem is that he can see. You can tell it on defense also. Never a great catcher but how many times has he missed a ball that a fifth grader could and should catch? As far as pitchers bunting, that goes back to BC. These guys are nothing but rally killers trying to bunt. The hitters are a lost cause, so have the batting coaches work the pitchers 30 minutes a day on bunting until they learn how to bunt.

bobby

July 3rd, 2012
9:20 am

Make that McCann can’t see.

MikeY

July 3rd, 2012
10:07 am

So, DOB: How about asking McCann or Fredi or Frank a question about Brian’s vision. Watching on TV, it is sooo obvious he has problems with his vision. Squinting, opening his eyes double-wide, watery eyes…he needs a visit to Dr. Kozarsky. Or maybe he’ll pull a Maddux and have another LASIC surgery over the All-Star break.

Jason's Sweet Cheeks

July 3rd, 2012
10:18 am

NOBODY CAN HIT AN OFFSPEED PITCH.

Phil Ehret

July 3rd, 2012
11:37 am

The Braves are incredibily impatient at the plate, and McCann tries to pull everything. We Braves fans were spoiled for so long with pitchers that threw strikes, pitched to get outs and not highlight Ks, and that could FIELD their position. Hanson and Venters might as well leave their glove in the dugout.

westrob

July 3rd, 2012
11:38 am

Incredible wisdom and insight from the negative commenters.

watch, I’ll write one of my own:
Here’s a fix for this horrible team. fire ‘em all, put ads out on craigslist. I’m almost 40 but can bat still in my softball league. bet i could hit of some guy with a kooky last name (Smarja?) that plays for the Nubs. (See what I did? I replaced an N for a C in “Cubs,” thus making Nubs. Right? Funny and poignant, yes?

pcb mike

July 3rd, 2012
4:05 pm

McCann will be back, he is too good to be hitting under .230. In the meantime, our back up catcher is the best on the planet, why not platoon them taking advantage of having a lefty and righty behind the plate.

pcb mike

July 3rd, 2012
4:05 pm

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pcb mike

July 3rd, 2012
4:10 pm

westrob, stick to your softball league, baseball isn’t your game.

Blackberry Cobbler

July 3rd, 2012
4:19 pm

BMac might do better offensively and defensively if he’d stay away from the cheeseburgers and shakes. He’d lost some weight last year but has since packed it back on.

Unless he improves, I don’t expect the Braves to bring him back next year. He’s become a liability at the plate and has always been only so-so defensively.

BILL P

July 3rd, 2012
5:25 pm

HOW UGGLA MADE THE ALL STAR ROSTER I’LL NEVER KNOW, HE DOESNT EVEN KNOW THE STRIKE ZONE AND WHEN HE DOES GET A HIT, HE’S JUST LUCKY. TRADE HIM AND FRANCISCO FOR A DOZEN USED BALLS AND TWO BROKEN BATS AND COME OUT AHEAD. TOO, QUIT PICKING UP HAS BEEN PLAYERS. YOU HAVE NEVER GOTTEN ONE WORTH ANYTHING ANYWAY.

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