Ross gets playoff start over Braves catcher McCann




Seven years after then-rookie catcher Brian McCann hit a three-run homer off Roger Clemens in his first postseason at-bat, he won’t be in the Braves lineup when they play St. Louis in Friday’s National League Wild Card playoff game.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez announced  that veteran backup David Ross would start the Braves’ first postseason game since 2010 instead of McCann, who’s been slowed by a shoulder injury for much of a career-worst season.

“It’s one of those things where you feel [Ross] gives you a good chance to win a ballgame,” said Gonzalez, adding that McCann would play if the Braves win the Wild Card game and advance to a best-of-five division series against Washington. “I talked to him [Wednesday]. It was a good conversation. He understood. It’s tough for both of us, but he understood.

“Mac is a very important piece to our team, and he’s a warrior and he battles. But you feel that with Rossy back there, again, for one game.…”

McCann was an All-Star each of his first six full seasons before 2012, and a five-time Silver Slugger award winner regarded as the best-hitting catcher in the majors in recent years. His average plummeted this season to.230 with a .300 on-base percentage and .399 slugging percentage, his worst in each of those statistics for a full season and far below his .279/.351/.475 career slash line.

“I haven’t played the way I wanted to play, and Rossy’s been playing great,” McCann said. “That’s just the decision that he made…. I’ve been battling a shoulder injury for a while. Production hasn’t been where I need it to be to help the team win.”

McCann, 28, has a frayed labrum and cyst in his right shoulder, and two cortisone injections in the second half of the season provided only temporary relief. He said there’s a “good chance” he will have shoulder surgery in the offseason, but would wait for the inflammation to subside with rest after the postseason and have a dye-contrast MRI to see how much damage there is.

He has also been slowed by knee tendinitis that affected his mobility behind the plate and kept him out of the lineup for a couple of games, though McCann insisted the knee hasn’t affected his hitting.

His 20 homers were his fewest in a full season since his career-low 18 in 2007, and his 14 doubles, 67 RBIs, 121 games played and 487 at-bats all were career-lows.

Since the beginning of August, McCann hit .201 with two doubles, two homers, 11 RBIs and a .541 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in 134 at-bats. In that same period, Ross hit .235 with four doubles, four homers, 11 RBIs and a .705 OPS in 81 at-bats.

“Brian McCann is not 100 percent,” Ross said. “That guy has done some things in this game that are second to none in this game. I’m going to go out there and do my best, put our best foot forward and play hard. But I don’t want to take anything from Brian McCann. He’s an unbelievable guy and teammate, and he’s got this organization and this team where they’re at this year.

“I’m definitely excited, don’t get me wrong. I’m thrilled to be playing in that game. But there’s a little bit of uncomfortable [feeling] seeing how Mac feels. Till I got a chance to talk to Mac. We talked, and now I’m full-bore. But at first it’s a little bit of a different scenario. Along with Mac being my teammate and an amazing catcher, he’s also a good friend of mine. So I wanted to make sure we talked.”

McCann said, “I wish I was playing, but I’m not. That’s it. Rossy’s been playing unbelievable. And I’m his biggest fan. He’s one of my best friends in the world. He’s going to play great. I hope I get in there somehow, maybe pinch-hit late. We’ll see.”

Ross is considered one of the best defensive catchers in the majors, and Gonzalez said the combination of him and Friday’s starting pitcher Kris Medlen, who has a quick move to first base, also would give the Braves a better chance to controlling the Cardinals’ running game. Ross and Medlen have always worked well together.

“I love Brian McCann, too,” Medlen said, “but throwing to Rossy — he almost kind of invents stuff in the middle of a game. Which kind of fires you up. I mean, you haven’t thrown a certain pitch the entire game, then when we need to make a pitch he’ll call an inside change-up to a righty and you’re, ‘Ok…you sure?’ It makes you want to execute it. It’s great. He sticks every pitch for you.

“He got in my face one time in Colorado my first year. He’s pretty intense when he gets the opportunity to catch. He’s great behind the plate and I’m super-happy about tomorrow, that he’s catching.”

However, make no mistake: If McCann was healthy and hitting like he did before this season, there’d be no question who’d be starting at catcher Friday. The guy with the .300 average, three home runs and eight RBIs in seven career postseason games.

“He’s banged up,” Gonzalez said. “And that’s why I mentioned the word ‘warrior.’ He’s been banged up for a while. God bless him. But again, a one-game series, you go with Rossy. In a longer series, [McCann] is going to play. He’s not that banged up that he’s not going to play.”

BRAVES LINEUP for Wild Card game

1. Bourn cf
2. Prado lf
3. Heyward rf
4. Jones 3b
5. Freeman 1b
6. Uggla 2b
7. Ross c
8. Simmons ss
9. Medlen rhp

114 comments Add your comment

Kris

October 4th, 2012
4:32 pm

Great move frdi. Gutsy and good.

dilly

October 4th, 2012
4:33 pm

I so don’t agree with this unless Mac’s shoulder is bothering him. Mac was beginning to swing the bat well again. He is also left handed and Lohse is right handed.

Gameday

October 4th, 2012
4:35 pm

Kris

October 4th, 2012
4:35 pm

Don’t like McCanns game calling in big games. Lost every one of them too.

Kris

October 4th, 2012
4:38 pm

Hope Medlen streak continues all the way to the WS. Medlen just do whats been working for you and we will win. I predict Freeman will do special things tomorrow.

Jim

October 4th, 2012
4:41 pm

Ross has had a better year than McCann. What’s the big deal?

Darryl Blackberry

October 4th, 2012
4:41 pm

Excellent decision by Fredi. Mac hasn’t been himself for the entire month of September, and the league knows it.

Kris

October 4th, 2012
4:46 pm

This team has a 1991 feel to it. Or better yet 1995 feel to it. How about win the WS for Chipper on his final year. His first year as a brave, WS title. Complete the storybook career.

USMC DAWG

October 4th, 2012
4:47 pm

The beginning of the end for McCann in Atlanta. 2013 will probably be his last one @ Turner Field.

Brava

October 4th, 2012
4:49 pm

Very good decision by Fredi. This gives us the best chance to win, no offense to BMac, but the guy is hurt and we need a 100% lineup out there for this one-game fiasco.

Rick C

October 4th, 2012
4:49 pm

dilly, he’s 2 for 6 in October, but only hit 214 in September. July was really his only good stretch of games this season.

Kris, I hope so too, but I don’t think postseason games will technically count towards or against the streak.

Zac in Tempe

October 4th, 2012
4:51 pm

Tough call, but a smart one by Fredi. All this time off could help McCann. I wish Boscan had gotten some starts this week to relieve both guys.

Zac in Tempe

October 4th, 2012
4:52 pm

USMC Dawg, I disagree. I see a bounce-back year coming. Maybe a long contract if he takes a hometown discount.

Mixxo

October 4th, 2012
4:54 pm

raleighbravefan -

Who’s whining Chief??

I state facts & opinions, it’s your job to whine about that. ;)

BTW….I feel a lot better about this game with Rossy in there….and I won’t even get to watch it ‘live.’

Heisenberg

October 4th, 2012
4:55 pm

This is the post season and there is no crying in baseball. Play the best 9 you got.

Kris

October 4th, 2012
5:00 pm

Bottom of the 9th the braves winning two outs two strikes. All McCann has to do is call for outside fastball off the plate. Calls for inside for whatever reason to a left handed hitter. A tie game. Extra innings. The braves lose. Why do I recall so many of those moments with McCann calling the game?

Nativebird

October 4th, 2012
5:04 pm

An absent McCann is another reason this team next year is in big trouble. 28 yr old with a body of a 38 yr old. Even after being platooned by Bobby cox and freddie for most of his career, probably more than any other starting catcher.. Can anyone say “strength and conditioning coach?” This idiotic notion that injuries can’t be avoided is a franchise’s all time smoke screen.
No chipper, no McCann, no Bourn, and the reality of a pedestrian Heyward, a strike out leader 2nd baseman, leaves the 2013 braves bare and beyond. Hope they win it all this fall, it’s looking like a long time before they’ll be back.

borno

October 4th, 2012
5:07 pm

relieved that Heyward is facing a righty fri night.

ChipperisGod

October 4th, 2012
5:09 pm

Great move by Fredi. This is EXACTLY what I was thinking ever since we knew we were going to be playing this game. Even though I love Mac, he’s in no condition to play right now. Everyone’s gotta be as close to 100% as possible for this do or die scenario.

Mad31Dog

October 4th, 2012
5:09 pm

Love the move. It’s only one game. There is no room for sentiment.

King of Carrot Flowers

October 4th, 2012
5:11 pm

Hope this will give McCann a little motivation to change his off-season diet and conditioning program. Maybe it won’t help the shoulder, but the extra lbs can’t be good for knee tendinitis.

JNick

October 4th, 2012
5:12 pm

#1, smartest move all year by Fredi….#2, Braves need to decline McCann’s option for next year and attempt to resign him for about half as much – he’s not worth $13mil a year at this point – I see shoulder surgery and rehab for him in the off-season, and depending on how far the Braves go in the playoffs, that may take him out of the first month or so of the season.

Puma

October 4th, 2012
5:15 pm

Nativebird – seriously? Are you just trying incite reactions? Take a look at what Braves rotation will look like next year and many years beyond, talk about reason to be optimistic. I think the East will be dominated by the Nats and Braves for the next 5-6 years. So much pitching between these two teams.

HOF 10

October 4th, 2012
5:23 pm

Wow. Ninety-four wins and it’s all doom and gloom here. Yes, no Chipper next year, and Bourn will be gone, too. But this team has great pitching, and that is not going to change. Not Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz, Avery, but with this bullpen, Medlen all season and Beachy back, it’s a wonderful staff.

Mac has been banged up all year. Wish he was healthy, but he’s not. He can rehab in the winter, maybe improve his diet some.

Beating the Cards tomorrow will complete the atonement for last September. Medlen experienced the full-house, big-game crowd on Sunday, and he will be relaxed and fine.

Chop Chop

October 4th, 2012
5:30 pm

Well, if Medlen loses, I guess some people can blame this.

lakedawg

October 4th, 2012
5:31 pm

Medlin and Beachy have the potential to be co-anchors for quite a while. We don’t need to forget that he had become the staff ace before his injury.

northbeach Scott

October 4th, 2012
5:35 pm

DOB, would you see why I am in blog purgatory, please? Not sure what I did wrong.

Brave New World

October 4th, 2012
5:52 pm

A healthy McCann would be the catcher, but he is not 100%. This is the right choice. GO BRAVES!

sam

October 4th, 2012
6:00 pm

I agree with this decision. It’s a one game season now and you have to give yourself the best chance to win.

Frank Shab in PA

October 4th, 2012
6:04 pm

Tough decision. Now your thinking Freddi. We all love B-Mac but he’s hurting. Ross gives us your best chance. Go Bravos. I see low-scoring game with Braves winning on a Cards error.
If Braves win I’ll see all in DC for game 3 and maybe 4 and 5 next week.
Thanks

iowabrave

October 4th, 2012
6:05 pm

WOW…after years of Bobby Cox, this is hard to believe. I think Ross might be the best backup catcher in the league, but sitting McCann in a do-or-die? That is one gutsy move by Mr. Gonzalez. Congrats to him for laying it on the line like that. I would have a hard time making that call and hope it doesn’t bite him in the ol’ backside.

Quack Quack

October 4th, 2012
6:07 pm

O.K. Countdown 23 Hours. Lets rock Bravos!!

GO BRAVES!!!

db

October 4th, 2012
6:07 pm

Just a smart team move. Same reason Medlin is pitching instead of Hudson. It’s not personal it’s business.

Mikey

October 4th, 2012
6:08 pm

A healthy McCann is one of the best hitting catchers in the league. Ross is the best back-up defensive catcher in the league. Cardinals like to run, Ross/Medlen will limit SB’s tomorrow.

FBGuy

October 4th, 2012
6:11 pm

Good, tough decision by FG. May not work, but no faulting the idea. Fingers crossed

J J

October 4th, 2012
6:13 pm

Replace Hooters hero and you got a slim chance.

MalibuBraves

October 4th, 2012
6:16 pm

i agree with the move, but isn’t Ross hurt too? Right oblique if I recall… was wincing a lot last few games…

Kevin

October 4th, 2012
6:22 pm

This type of move should have the managers job on the line. Unless McCann can’t play because of an injury this is one of the worst moves you could make. Ross’s oblique is more of a concern than McCann’s shoulder esepcially vs. a Right handed pitcher.

McCann hit the ball well this week too. Freddi better hope Medlen saves his job.

Bob the Blogger

October 4th, 2012
6:27 pm

Just like we didn’t see the real Jason Heyward last year because of his injury, we haven’t seen the real Brian McCann this year. I don’t think he’s washed up – just hurt. He’ll get patched up this winter and be OK. Between Medlen’s pick-off move and Ross’s throwing ability, we can minimize the Card’s running game.

jim

October 4th, 2012
6:32 pm

It seems from the comments that M3edlen really prefers pitching to Ross. This was the correct move.

DaveinNEPA

October 4th, 2012
6:37 pm

Gutsy move by Fredi. And, judging by what I’ve seen of McCann’s hitting the second half of this season, it’s the right move.

Kevin

October 4th, 2012
6:43 pm

Did any of you guys see the game last week where Ross hit a long single off the center field wall? His oblique is definitely giving him an issue. I’ll take McCann’s shoulder and Medlen’s pick off all day. Unless McCann tells you he can’t play you don’t bench your allstar catcher.

Backdoor Slider

October 4th, 2012
6:49 pm

OTHER FACTORS ARE INVOLVED

You go with the players who got you there!

Brian played an important role in getting the Braves to the playoffs.

Moreover, he’s still a clutch player, who deserves to be playing — and would very likely come up big in such an important game.

If Fredi deems Brian fit enough to play in the next round of the playoffs, then he’s certainly fit enough to play on Friday.

This can’t be good for moral — either for Brian or for the team.

Bobby would have never make such a move. And Fredi shouldn’t have either!

Irregardless of the Braves making the playoffs again this year, I don’t believe Fredi’s the best overall manager for the Braves. And I don’t like this decision.

mountain_jim

October 4th, 2012
6:53 pm

Good move Fredi.

BravesfaninAugusta

October 4th, 2012
7:05 pm

Great decision …. Fredi has really pushed the right buttons this year… I’m happy to say that I’m now a Fredi fan and he deserves a lot of credit. I will be there tomorrow night but if they lose I’m still ecstatic about what the team has done and our chances next year.

Keith

October 4th, 2012
7:11 pm

I like this move. I love the idea of Mac coming off the bench in a big spot. And ross will have better defense against the run and still call a very good game. Plus, he’s been slightly better offensively as well.

Bravesfan54

October 4th, 2012
7:13 pm

Kevin – you missed the point. Mac is only a “former” all-star. His decline is, as we all know, dramatically statistically traceable to mid-last season, meaning that his decline may not be solely attributable to injuries. This play-off game is no place for sentimentality.

P B Orr

October 4th, 2012
7:16 pm

He dogged it that first game in Pittsburgh with the division on the line. His first AB, the 1b bobbled a bad throw and pulled his foot off the bag. What was McCann doing? Chugging slowly to first without the slightest effort to hustle. That really showed who belonged behind the plate. This is the first time I’ve seen some stones from FG. Good move, and now we’ve got a chance. Plus, McCann can pinch hit from the left.

UPGRAYEDD

October 4th, 2012
7:17 pm

For one game, I think the value Ross brings outweighs anything that McCann could do for us. His defense is outstanding, he’ll call a great game, and he’s known to knock the ball around too. McCann would be a liability on the field and there’s nothing recent to indicate he might break out of his funk. We’ve got enough offensive weapons to give McCann a pass tomorrow. Unless the bats totally disappear like they did about 3/14 of the time this year.

tmc

October 4th, 2012
7:30 pm

Love B-Mac, but is the 2ND year with bad offensive numbers. Not 1.
Since last years all star game he has been horrible at the plate and his defense,

Very surprised FG made this move, but anyone who thinks it wasn’t waranted is just blind. Go Braves.

Ralph

October 4th, 2012
7:41 pm

Do not pick Blind Mack’s option, he will never be worth $12million again, his time has passed, move on.

@Maestro_mike

October 4th, 2012
7:50 pm

Really gutsy move. Gonzales will get run out of town if it doesnt work. He’s made what seems to be some uncharacteristically desperate moved in the second half of the season,to jump start the offense or win that pivotal game. B’Mac will be available to pinch hit late against a rightie Im sure.
However the Braves, if they were to win this game are not favored to go much further since it appears that almost every team left has their strengths but none of their weaknesses.

BRAVESFAN

October 4th, 2012
8:00 pm

If Medlen and Ross are working, who is going to be joking around the dugout to keep the guys loose?

BillRGoat

October 4th, 2012
8:02 pm

BGoat Awards for 2012 Regular Season:
Best position Player: Prado
Best Starting Pitcher: Medlen (hard decision, since Hudson was a starter for the whole year and had a good season, but he did have some really bad starts, and Medlen has been outstanding)
Best Relief Pitcher: Kimbrel (who else?) O’Flaherty a distant second, although excellent
Best Fielder: Bourn (Simmons might have gotten the award if not for his injury)
Best Bench Player: Ross (even though he starts in the wild card game)
Best Base Runner: Bourn. Yes, he gets caught stealing a lot, but he gets the ned over Heyward.
Best Clutch Hitter: Prado
Biggest Disappointment, Position Player: McCann (Uggla close behind, but he bounced back a little and had a much higher OBP than McCann)
Biggest Disappointment, Starting Pitcher: Hanson
Biggest Disappointment, Bullpen: Venters (came back some in second half but nothing like 2011)
Player You Hope Not To See Back in 2013: I’ll leave that up to you guys to nominate

Supes

October 4th, 2012
8:16 pm

Brian McCann’s agent can forget any kind of “extension” talks with the Braves after this down year no matter how it ends…McCann better redeem himself in 2013 or he’ll be wearing pinstripes down the road and DH – ing

SONINO JOHN PAUL SCARDELLETTI - A CHRISTIAN

October 4th, 2012
8:20 pm

If I had to bet my life on this one, I’d have to bet the Braves. Why? I don’t rightly know.

God Bless

Sonino John Paul Scardelletti – A Christian

Jay

October 4th, 2012
8:25 pm

This is the beginning of the end of McCann’s career with the Braves. Fredi knows it is time to move on.

BrandonLee49

October 4th, 2012
8:34 pm

FG is Controlled by statistics, the only thing Most people Don’t realize is Statistics are almost always derived from Regular-Season Data… You have to throw Out 99% of any of that Regular Season data when it comes to PlayOffs or World Series… Players are Playing at a Much Higher degree of anticipation and intensity, therefore All things become New, once the Play-Offs begin…

79

October 4th, 2012
8:37 pm

Love McCann. Not sure Freddie is making the right call, here. But…..everyone with a pulse must admit that this is gutsy on Freddie’s part…….and he may know something that we don’t..in fact, I hope he does know many things that we fans don’t……go Braves…hope Mac hits game-winning PH homer

64 year Ct. Braves fan

October 4th, 2012
8:54 pm

Good gutsy call by Fredi. Braves play better when Ross catches.

McCann is McDone

October 4th, 2012
8:58 pm

Mark my word – with the eyes, shoulder, arm and now recurring oblique that he’s not talking about – Brian is mediocre at best from now on at the plate and will still call an average game with poor throwing skills. Rossy is the man. Smarter, better bat right now, better – MUCH BETTER – arm to second and calls a great game. Get over it McCann’ers. Rossy is the right call.

reality

October 4th, 2012
8:58 pm

Can anyone imagine Bobby Cox doing this? I’m tipping my cap to him right now!

Jborodawg

October 4th, 2012
9:09 pm

Nothing wrong with the call. Fredi’s reasons (seconded by both Ross and BMac) are sufficient. It’s just one game, and some of y’all are jumping to doom and gloom conclusions over BMac’s future. sheesh

Go Braves!

Section 211

October 4th, 2012
9:12 pm

I haven’t like McCann since last year’s injury plagued “effort”. Some guys just get hurt all the time or have “bad luck” like with the eyes and McCann is one. Even in his all star seasons he’s never hit with great power (35 plus homers? Nope) and has always been a liability calling the game and tossing guys out. Gotta agree with McDone at least in terms of being an all star again.

RobRoy

October 4th, 2012
9:14 pm

GOT to disagree with Ross saying McCann “got this team to where it is this year”. BS. He’s been a liability in many ways. Trade him and Uggla’s salary and we could buy someone to replace the new Batboy named Tommy Hanson.

Don Gurian

October 4th, 2012
9:17 pm

It is as if FG has actually channeled a great manager in the last two weeks; actually making smart moves. Hope these moves pay BIG dividends. Can’t wait to see.

bp

October 4th, 2012
9:17 pm

Bmac is hurt it is This is the only move FG could make.

FalconsFan1966

October 4th, 2012
9:23 pm

I like the move. McCann just ain’t got it this year and doesn’t seem to be much of an athlete to “get it back” next year.

Jborodawg

October 4th, 2012
9:24 pm

This move (starting Ross) is the least of my worries. Medlen has the edge over Lohse. But, the Braves bats have been pretty cold the last 2-3 weeks. Might end up being a 1-0 Braves win. It’d be cool for Medlen to get a shutout and make history in the first ever one game playoff deal.

Or….make it a 3-2 win, with Chipper hitting a two run homer. Chipper’s done it all year. Wouldn’t that be somethin’?

jim

October 4th, 2012
9:25 pm

Ross appeared to be swinging the bat much more comfortably in his past two starts. It appears the oblique issue he had a week or two ago is not a big isue right now.

bravesgrl4life

October 4th, 2012
9:25 pm

I love Mac. I wear his jersey to 99% of the games I attend. But I have to believe this is the right move. Medlen and Ross work well together. Proved it on Sunday. And Ross looked more like himself last Sunday. That homer was just sweet!

I am all for Mac getting back to the Mac (most of us) know and love in 2013. So, for the love of God, please stop bashing him. All you Mac trashers have driven a lot of long-time members on this blog away.

Larry

October 4th, 2012
9:25 pm

Does no one else see that Brian seems to have an issue with his eyes? He squints constantly, every at bat he has to adjust or wipe something from his eyes. I, for one, don’t think he ever got his vision back to 100%. Just saying.

BravesLOSEBravesLOSE

October 4th, 2012
9:25 pm

As a St Louis transplant, I’d much prefer McCan’t be in there. Ross is steady and can push the ball to opposite fields and keep our runners honest. Please reconsider Freddi!

BiffPoco

October 4th, 2012
9:29 pm

Yeah Larry, he blinks incessantly. I play some fast pitch in an over 35 league and my contacts and dry eyes do that to me. I must look just like McCann at times, I can’t see the freakin pitch. Got one in the side last week for that reason. Eyes are a BIG deal when the ball is going 90 plus.

RobRoy

October 4th, 2012
9:31 pm

Can be painful to watch McCann bat. That shift is crazy too. Didn’t he learn to hit off field better coming up? Who didn’t think THAT would be a problem in the majors?

bp

October 4th, 2012
9:32 pm

The man has been injured this year and has not whined about it.He tried to play but it did not work out.Fredi is making the right call.Maybe Bmac hits a game winner as a pinch hitter.

WildcardBlows

October 4th, 2012
9:32 pm

Hate the one game format. Hope we get at least 5 hits tomorrow! I know that’s asking a lot…

WildcardBlows

October 4th, 2012
9:35 pm

Hope you’re right bp

RobRoy

October 4th, 2012
9:36 pm

Anybody watching the Cardinals/Rams game? Rams cheerleaders are amazing…Oh, and baseball does need cheerleaders. Like these…

fats

October 4th, 2012
9:46 pm

McCann is a team player. He won’t whine. Time for some payback from St.Louis. They kicked us out last year and I hope the team does not forget how it felt

ijudgenot

October 4th, 2012
9:59 pm

Brave call by Fredi. Those saying that Cox would not have made this move are so right. Mac would have been thrown out there with half a throwing arm and half a leg to move to get in front of wild pitches. Ross may not get a hit but he is a better defensive catcher and calls a better game. Medle will need all the help he can get to kep St Louis in check.

Bulldawg

October 4th, 2012
10:09 pm

If Bobby Cox wouldn’t do it, then that gives me reason to think it’s a good move. Cox was a great regular season manager, but went too much by the book come playoff time.

Sometimes you’ve got to go with your gut. Let’s face it, McCann is hurt and his injuries are significantly affecting his ability to play at a high level. Even though he would be the sentimental choice, I don’t think he gives the team the best chance to win.

not a pitching coach

October 4th, 2012
10:13 pm

Is the current roster available somewhere? The Braves website still has the 40 man roster.

Larry30

October 4th, 2012
10:14 pm

Say adios to McCann. His contract is up and the braves will have to pony up $12 million on a team option to keep him on the roster next year or pay him a half mil to go away. I have been saying since 2011 they should have traded him when his value was sky high. Now we will get nothing for him and he’ll sign wih an AL team to do what anyone who was able to see his future knew he would eventually do; be a DH. He’s a great guy and I wish him luck but the braves held onto him too long. Even in his prime he wasnt the best defensive catcher on this team.

Alvin

October 4th, 2012
10:54 pm

@Larry -”Does no one else see that Brian seems to have an issue with his eyes? He squints constantly, every at bat he has to adjust or wipe something from his eyes. I, for one, don’t think he ever got his vision back to 100%. Just saying.”
————-
Amazing how Larry always sees things that the Braves overlook. Wow, when are they going to hire you as a coach?

Larry30

October 4th, 2012
11:03 pm

What else have I claimed to see that the braves didn’t see, Alvin. Maybe the braves need a new ophthalmologist.

hebrews11

October 4th, 2012
11:18 pm

go get ‘em boys!!!

Larry

October 4th, 2012
11:34 pm

Alvin: You have me mistaken with someone else. I rarely comment on these.

Yogi Berra

October 4th, 2012
11:40 pm

Glad my # 8 is starting..Ross is another Yogi and will be the star after the game. Kris is the Man and its time for team to put up are shut up. Same as last year down to one game with same teams..got to send the Cards home this time. Go Braves!

Speedy Gonezalez

October 4th, 2012
11:44 pm

Next season will decide whether they try & resign Mac, just like this year was do or die for Heyward, Bourn needs to go he’s too expensive for a strike out machine at lead off. Next year will be a wash for Beachy, takes 2 years to come back from TJ surgery, just ask Medlen. Resign Huddy for next year, with Minor on the rise that gives us 4 solid starters along with Maholm. Gonna need a 3rd baseman, Francisco is not the answer, Go Bravos let’s beat the Nats too

Yogi Berra

October 4th, 2012
11:44 pm

I agree with you Larry about eyes..

Larry30

October 4th, 2012
11:56 pm

Mccanns contract is up at the end of the season. There is a $12 million club option for 2013 or a $1/2 million buyout. If the braves pick up the option they’ve lost their minds. But who knows with Wren. He consistently over pays. I would much rather give $12 or $15 million to Bourne than McCann or uggla (the king of strikeout machines).

the truth...

October 5th, 2012
1:14 am

I’d say it is way to early to conclude that Mac won’t be back in 2013….but Fredi sitting him tomorrow is a good thing….it is a must win and with Mac’s shoulder and the tendinitis in his knee he isn’t the Mac of old…..

…let’s get thru tomorrow and the next month hopefully before we bury Mac…………

ohhhhYEAH

October 5th, 2012
1:26 am

What the few of you upset about this move fail to realize is this:

Yes Rossy is banged up also, and yes Mac had a hand in getting us here that week he got hot, but he has since tailed off and is battling a SHOULDER problem. Couple that with the fact that he was already one of the worst defensive catchers in the league this year, and Ross is one of the best at throwing runners out…its really a no-brainer. I’m glad Fredi did it and I would have done it the same 10 out of 10 times.

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!

Mick Dee

October 5th, 2012
3:37 am

It’s the right move. Hurts to watch McCann play back there. Medlen seems excited. Go Braves!

RBrave

October 5th, 2012
6:56 am

Great choice with Ross, that’s the luxury of having two great catchers. Ross showed his worth when McCann was out and played great. I’m a big McCann fan but he has several injuries groin, shoulder and he still looks like he is squinting all the time at the plate? MLB last night kept showing his resume but thats not the player that going to suit up tonight ! I haven’t said this too many times but thats a gutsy move by Freddi ! Also Medlin seems to respect and throws well to Ross. Go Braves, but you guys gotta start hitting !!

yep

October 5th, 2012
8:15 am

I bet McCann comes through with a clutch pinch hit tonight. Go Braves!

Disbott3000

October 5th, 2012
8:50 am

I hate it for McCann and I know, if we advance, that he’s going to make big contributions, but between his injuries and how well Ross and Medlen seem to work together, this is the right call. All you haters who say Freddi does nothing need to step up and admit that he’s made a tough but correct decision here. Go Braves!! Let’s get a World Championship for Chipper!

old scout

October 5th, 2012
8:52 am

Stop it with the “injury” excuses for McCann. Anyone want to tell us what a sore right shoulder has to do with striking out time after time on breaking balls in the dirt? Does a sore shoulder prevent him from blocking pitches in the dirt? Do his injuries make him the slowest runner in the history of the game? He himself said his “injury” has not had any impact on his throwing, but he still can’t throw. Ross is the better player, plain and simple. McCann’s decline didn’t start this year; he wasn’t very good last year either. Although McCann and Hanson haven’t been any good this year some other team would be willing to give up a pretty strong player for thise two.

old scout

October 5th, 2012
8:52 am

Stop it with the “injury” excuses for McCann. Anyone want to tell us what a sore right shoulder has to do with striking out time after time on breaking balls in the dirt? Does a sore shoulder prevent him from blocking pitches in the dirt? Do his injuries make him the slowest runner in the history of the game? He himself said his “injury” has not had any impact on his throwing, but he still can’t throw. Ross is the better player, plain and simple. McCann’s decline didn’t start this year; he wasn’t very good last year either. Although McCann and Hanson haven’t been any good this year some other team would be willing to give up a pretty strong player for those two.

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