McCann announced after Wednesday's NLDS Game 5 loss to the Cardinals that he will retire from baseball, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan Atlanta reports. McCann started all five games against the Cardinals but went 3-for-16 with a double and a walk. He said he made the decision to retire in September. McCann finishes his 15-year career with a .262/.337/.452 slash line, 282 home runs, 1,018 RBI and seven All-Star appearances. The 35-year-old spent 10 seasons with the Braves, three with the Yankees and two with the Astros.
McCann is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Mets. McCann will sit for the fourth time in the last five games as manager Brian Snitker continues to heavily rotate his catchers in September. Tyler Flowers will start behind the plate and bat seventh Friday.
McCann is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Royals. McCann will sit for the third time in four games as Tyler Flowers picks up another start behind the dish Wednesday. Since the start of September, the veteran backstop is slashing .176/.222/.382 with two home runs and six RBI in 10 games.
McCann is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Giants. McCann will be held out for the second day in a row as manager Brian Snitker gets his regulars some rest in advance of the postseason. Tyler Flowers will get the start behind the plate for the Braves on Sunday afternoon.
McCann went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run homer in a 6-0 win over the Giants on Friday. The homer was his second in nine September starts and 12th of the season. McCann's return to Atlanta has generally been a success when he's been able to stay healthy, and he sports a .252/.322/.419 slash line over 82 games this year.
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