Braves Veteran Catcher Brian McCann Announces Retirement

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Braves catcher Brian McCann retires

Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann is hanging up the gear after 15 major-league seasons, the 35-year-old veteran announced on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters following the Braves' 13-1 loss to the Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLDS, McCann announced that he was walking away from baseball, adding that he made the decision a month and a half ago.

"This is everything that I wanted to do," McCann said. "I wanted to come back and get a chance at the postseason. This is it for me."

McCann spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Braves before joining the Yankees for three seasons and then Houston for two, winning a championship in 2017. A seven-time All-Star and six-time Silver Slugger winner, McCann posted a .789 OPS while racking up 282 home runs and 1,018 RBI.

McCann rejoined the Braves for the 2019 season on a one-year, $2 million contract. He hit .249/.323/.412 with 12 home runs and 45 RBI in 316 plate appearances.

He went 1-for-3 in Game 5 before he was pinch-hit for with two outs in the ninth inning of a 12-run game.