Brian McCann's ex-hitting coach: ‘He’ll never be comfortable’ on Yankees
New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann has gotten off to a rough start in his first season with the club, prompting his former hitting coach, Terry Pendleton, to say he doesn't think that McCann will ever be comfortable in pinstripes.
McCann is hitting .230 with 10 home runs and 38 RBI in 79 games this season.
McCann spent his first nine seasons with the Atlanta Braves, making seven All-Star game appearances for the National League.
Pendleton also said that the way defenses are shifting towards McCann and his lucrative contract are also factors in his early season slump.
"That money is hanging over his head,” Braves hitting coach Terry Pendleton said, via the New York Post. “A lot of guys say, ‘I’ve got to live up to that,’ instead of ‘They signed you to play your game."
McCann bolted Atlanta in the offseason, signing a five-year, $85 million deal with the Yankees.
“New York is not Brian,” Pendleton said. "That’s my opinion. I knew if he chose New York, there would be more than he expected or knew about. He’ll never be comfortable with that.”