Brian McCann began his career with the Atlanta Braves, and ended it with them.
The catcher said he is retiring from baseball after the Braves’ suffered a 13-1 season-ending loss to the Cardinals in Game 5 of the ALDS on Wednesday night in Atlanta.
McCann, a Georgia native, began his career with nine seasons with Atlanta and was named an All-Star seven times before moving to the Yankees in 2014. Though McCann couldn’t help lead the Yankees to a title in his three seasons in The Bronx, he was able to capture a World Series in 2017 after he was traded to the Astros.
“This is it for me,” he told reporters in the locker room, saying he made the decision about a month and a half ago. “I’m going to go home and be a dad and play with those kids.”
He re-signed with Atlanta as a free agent last November to play for manager Brian Snitker, who was his skipper at Double-A Mississippi when the Braves first called him up to the majors in 2005.
McCann, who helped mentor rookie Gary Sanchez in his last season with the Yankees, said it meant a lot that his career came full circle, and that he could finish it playing for Snitker.
“Yeah, he knew,” McCann said of Snitker’s knowledge of his retirement plan. “I’ve known him for a long, long time. He was my Double-A manager. Being able to do this with him as my manager is something I’ll always remember.”
McCann, a six-time Silver Slugger, had a good career, hitting .262 with 282 homers and 1,018 RBIs over 1,755 games. He also had 1,590 hits.
“This is everything that I wanted to do,” McCann said. “I wanted to come back and get a chance at the postseason.”