McCann feels turnaround coming after session with his brother

Philadelphia – Brian McCann has been doing a lot of searching this first half, but as the Braves close out the first half of the season, he thinks he’s finally found something.

The struggling Braves catcher had a late-night conversation and subsequent hitting session with his brother Brad McCann earlier this week after struggling against the Cubs. They met up at the Alpharetta batting cages where his brother and father work as hitting instructors.

“My brother called me and basically was listing off these things that he saw that he didn’t really like what I was doing,” said McCann, who said he’s been late to the ball. “I got to the point where I had nowhere else to go. I’ve tried a million things this year and none of them seemed to work, so I had to change some things.”

McCann said he and his brother broke his mechanics down to the basics, starting over at square one, “from stepping in the box, to my stance, to my load, to my hands, to when to hit.”

They also looked at video of McCann’s 2008 season, the time before McCann thinks he started getting into bad habits because of his vision problems. That was the last year McCann hit .300, hitting .301 with 23 home runs and 87 RBIs

“It was the last year I felt like every time I went up to the box, I felt dangerous,” said McCann, who spent the next couple of seasons undergoing Lasic surgery and trying to cope with blurred vision and dry eyes. “I had to calm everything down and I couldn’t swing as hard as I wanted to. (Now) I’m able to do things and get back to where I need to be to be at my best.”

As admittedly nerve-wracking as it was for a six-time All-Star to strip down his mechanics and start over, McCann said he gained confidence from teammate Chipper Jones.

“I asked him if there’s ever been a time in his career where he basically had to start over,” McCann said. “And he said ‘Many times.’ So I knew that was time for me to step out of my comfort zone and find out what my problem was.”

The results he’s seen now have McCann confident about the second half.

“I took a couple steps back, but I think it’s only going to make me better than I’ve ever been,” McCann said.

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PinoyBravo

July 7th, 2012
7:16 pm

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

July 7th, 2012
7:18 pm

Hot dog! :D I can’t WAIT for the second half! This is gonna be fun…

Brandon

July 7th, 2012
7:19 pm

I really hope so.

Darryl Blackberry

July 7th, 2012
7:25 pm

Whatever it takes. Certainly not gonna argue with the results of last night’s slam…

TomahawkChoppin'

July 7th, 2012
7:27 pm

Everytime Mac breaks out of a bad slump it’s because of a session with his dad and brother. That is great that he has that kind of hitting knowledge at his disposal. The question I have is why did it take so long to go ask for help? Last time he had a bad slump, his family helped out. I think he maybe should’ve asked for help a month ago. I don’t mean to sound like a lot of these ‘fans’ who berate the team and wanna fire everyone. I just hope Mac’s pride doesn’t get in the way of a good season for him again.

Angel Wings.

July 7th, 2012
7:28 pm

Glavine95

July 7th, 2012
7:30 pm

DOB – The D’Backs have let other teams know they’re willing to trade Upton for the right package, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney. “They wouldn’t be pushing it this hard in the middle of the year unless they really wanted him out of there,” said one official. Olney hears that the situation reminds teams of the Rockies and Ubaldo Jimenez last summer.

Can you see the Brave’s going after Upton, and want would it take to land him?

bruce

July 7th, 2012
7:31 pm

great news!!!

Angel Wings.

July 7th, 2012
7:32 pm

IMO I hope not.

Glavine95

July 7th, 2012
7:38 pm

Hayward, Bourne, Upton – that’s a solid outfield!

Glavine95

July 7th, 2012
7:39 pm

braveslover

July 7th, 2012
7:49 pm

Every time Brian talks to his brother or his dad when he’s in a slump he goes on a tear. Why wait so long man? Put those family members on speed dial and call them often!

Mark

July 7th, 2012
7:54 pm

“Brad, this is Dan. Dan…Brad.” Y’all work it out.

Angel Wings.

July 7th, 2012
7:55 pm

Heyward Bourn, Span Better outfield

Mike from the coast

July 7th, 2012
7:59 pm

Glavine, its Carroll’s blog tonight.

Here’s hoping McCann can deliver the 2nd half. Be nice to get him and Uggla going.

Perlo

July 7th, 2012
9:18 pm

Memo to Brian McCann:

The Braves are paying for a hitting coach-ever think of going there?

mpimentel

July 7th, 2012
9:41 pm

We don’t need upton…to si whom?: heyward, bourn or prado no freaking way…we need to upgrade our bench an the back side of the starting rotation

mpimentel

July 7th, 2012
9:44 pm

To sit whom……and the back side…..sorry for the bad spell

GTFan

July 7th, 2012
9:50 pm

McCann glad to have you back. Go Braves!!!!!

na.shvillewill

July 7th, 2012
10:03 pm

Braves need help at 2B. Uggla is just terrible and has been for all but 30 games last season. I say, find a suitor for him, move Prado to 2B and get a LF. Uggla seems incapable or unwilling to try anything different. All-Star? All-Joke!.

Dan Ugli

July 7th, 2012
10:33 pm

Fredi G says he can bat me 10th!!!and I can play short fielder!!!

Del

July 7th, 2012
10:35 pm

Agreed on Uggla. I dont understand why he wouldn’t want to go down to Rome or Gwinnet to get himself squared away. This attitude really shows a lack of respect for his team and his teammates. I know that I have lost a lot of respect for him and I expect he is not as popular in the dugout as he once was. Our so-called mgr may not be worried about him, but I believe the majority of the Braves nation is plenty peeved and worried about him.

Yogi Berra

July 7th, 2012
11:01 pm

If McCann’s brother and dad is so good why did they wait 2 months to help? We’ll see….

Merrill Guice

July 8th, 2012
1:53 am

Maybe Danny needs to go see Brad

Michael Procton

July 8th, 2012
2:57 am

Didn’t we see this blog about two weeks ago?

MikeY

July 8th, 2012
5:34 am

McCann still seesm to have vision problesm. At the plate, he is squinting. His eyes are still giving him trouble.

chas

July 8th, 2012
6:19 am

since the mgr wont bench struggla, you would think struggla, IF A REALLY TEAM PLAYER, would bench himself

Around The Horn

July 8th, 2012
6:36 am

ALL STAR UGGLA

It’s a shame that Uggla doesn’t pull himself from the All Star Game and suggest that Prado be picked as his replacement!

Dan has to know that he hasn’t played like an all star in the first half of the season.

alanfalcon

July 8th, 2012
7:28 am

Do you really want a player that could care less about the fans, would like to see Upton go to Japan !!!!!!!!!!!

alanfalcon

July 8th, 2012
7:32 am

If I were Uggla I would be ashamed to accept and appear at the game with stats that he has been putting up, he really looks bad and I would like to see the Braves bench him and call up Pastornicky up until Uggla learns to hit again.

GaryinBham

July 8th, 2012
7:45 am

I think that may be part of it, Alan. Dan seems to put too much pressure on himself sometimes and swing out of his shoes when he gets in these funks. When he comes up I keep thinking, “Come on, man, relax, just hit a few singles, the HRs will come.” I have confidence in Uggla. Another tear is coming. I think the All Star selection may have put some additional pressure on. Maybe the game will distract, relax and inspire him. Hope he hits a grand slam and comes back fired up. Great game last night guys!!

stew

July 8th, 2012
8:42 am

Remember what his stats will be at the end of the year.

1eyedJack

July 8th, 2012
8:57 am

Dan Uggla appears to have been afflicted with Andruw Jonesitis.

OTP

July 8th, 2012
9:33 am

So, this would make me wonder what the Braves hitting coach does.
And, perhaps Uggla needs a session at the local batting cage.

bobbymahlon

July 8th, 2012
9:58 am

Poor Freddi he’s is really on the spot with Uggla. If he continues to use him and he doesn’t come around we could lose our chance at a possible post season spot. If he benches him and we don’t pick up he will be to blame for that move. If I was manager I would probably bench him for awhile and put Prado at second and platoon Diaz and Francesco in left.

Sav Dawg

July 8th, 2012
10:08 am

I would like to know what % of Uggla plate apperances are SO’s. It seems to me he stikes out almost 50&.

Whiskey River

July 8th, 2012
10:12 am

Sounds to me like everyone wants to trade him for a bag of used balls, Patience guys. He will be there second half. Guys we won. Enjoy it.

Nattering Nabob

July 8th, 2012
10:28 am

How exactly do you get a guy out of a slump by benching him?

BraveFacts

July 8th, 2012
10:35 am

Could McCann’s brother now work with Uggla?

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urban redneck

July 8th, 2012
11:02 am

he squints worse than i did in sixth grade before they figured out i needed glasses. plus he blinks like he has a tick. this apparently is going to be an ongoing problem. i am a huge b-mac fan….but i would rather sign bourn for four more years than mac, especially if betancourt’s bat comes around.

is sheets going to make the rotation after the break? we cannot afford to keep starting delgado. after the break: huddy/big red/jj/”i don’t need to go back to the (mike) minors”/sheets or medlen. fredi is wasting medlen in his current role. he is a gamer and a winner like huddy. go bravos!

64 year Braves fan

July 8th, 2012
11:27 am

Trade Uggle & Jurrjens for Upton. Move Prado to 2nd base and sign Bourne to a long term contract.
Find a free agent 3rd baseman in the offseason. Strengthen the bench. How about bringing up
switch hitter Outfielder Cunningham from Missippi soon?

Al

July 8th, 2012
12:14 pm

Uggla can only wish he can get Andruw Jonesitis. Then he would become one of the better fielders
at his position, and hit probably 500 HRs for his career.

bustersonly

July 8th, 2012
1:26 pm

Whats so special about Upton?

bustersonly

July 8th, 2012
1:29 pm

Glavine95
July 7th, 2012
7:38 pm

Hayward, Bourne, Upton – that’s a solid outfield!

Whats wrong with Bourn, Heyward and Prado?

bustersonly

July 8th, 2012
1:35 pm

1eyedJack
July 8th, 2012
8:57 am

Dan Uggla appears to have been afflicted with Andruw Jonesitis.

I wish he was, Andred hit 3 HR’s last nite

bustersonly

July 8th, 2012
1:39 pm

Perhaps the Braves could hire Brad McCann as a special hitting instructor to go along with the two they already have, couldn’t cost that much, also hire Chipper’s dad.

1eyedJack

July 8th, 2012
1:44 pm

“I wish he was, Andred hit 3 HR’s last nite”

Yeah, but the last couple of years he was here he tried to pull everything out of the park and struck out or popped up most of the time.

Cussin' McCann

July 8th, 2012
1:47 pm

I would like Brian McCann to know that the whole world distinctively saw and heard him drop the “f-bomb” after striking out last night in Phillie. Brian, if I called your dad, would he approve? Baseball is supposed to be a ‘family friendly event” and you are not being a good role model for kids, nor are you being professional to utter epithets like that so loudly. On the other hand, why does there have to be microphone placed so close the the batters box?

bustersonly

July 8th, 2012
1:50 pm

Back to double play Mac batting clean up!, I know, he has hit 3 HRs in 3 days but i’m not convinced yet.

Fats

July 8th, 2012
2:02 pm

Cussin’ McCann, I am glad the bar I dropped my Budweiser on myself did not have microphones around either. They do need to get the microphones away from the batters box. Let the players do their “thang” without offending kids,etc Good point :)

Scot

July 8th, 2012
3:20 pm

McCann’s stats have been on a steady OPS decline since he came up in 2005. No way should the Braves resign him. Better to spend the money to resign young talent prior to arbitration years like Heyward, Freeman, Hanson and Kimbrel.

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July 8th, 2012
4:22 pm

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July 8th, 2012
4:23 pm

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