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Brian McCann will begin his grand tour soon

Nov 20, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

Brian McCann is the best available catcher, and given that good catching is about the hardest thing to find — Henry Blanco is still active for crying out loud — it is definitely a seller’s market for Mr. McCann’s representatives.  In light of that I’m kind of surprised that he isn’t pulling a Cliff Lee and making GMs show up at his house to woo him. But I suppose this is the next best thing:

 

No matter who travels where, though, my favorite part of the hot stove season is about to begin: the part where people track flight paths of private planes in an effort to guess where the team owner/free agent is heading. I can’t remember any of those reports ever actually linking up with an impending free agent announcement, but they’re still very exciting!

  1. xdj511 - Nov 20, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    I hope that he’ll be wearing his tin star, denoting himself as baseball’s sheriff in charge of the unwritten rules, wherever he goes.

    • jcmeyer10 - Nov 20, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      “Mr. McCann, the plastic Sheriff’s badges we usually only hand out to children makes you an HONORARY Deputy, not actually part of the force,”

      or…

      [Insert comparison of McCann and Dwight Schrute as a Voluntary Sheriff's Deputy]

    • pastabelly - Nov 20, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      Ryan Dempster begs to differ. :)

    • knowlegeforyou - Nov 20, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      The sheriff McCann thing is getting a little played out.

      • clydeserra - Nov 20, 2013 at 2:48 PM

        wait till the rangers sign him

  2. phillysports1 - Nov 20, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Red Sox Yankees Rangers are all good fit in my mind .

    • yahmule - Nov 20, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      He’s gonna get pretty tired.

  3. misterj167 - Nov 20, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Yeah it’s almost certain he’ll wind up in the AL, where he can DH when he’s not behind the plate. Mac’s a great clutch hitter too, we’ll miss him in Atlanta.

    • skids003 - Nov 20, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      Sure will, he’ll always be a Brave at heart.

  4. spacemaker101 - Nov 20, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    The McCain sheriff skit is really old he was standing up for his teammates and home crowd.. None of you pussies would have the nuts to do what he did ( or even be a MLB catcher) so you try and make fun of him… Good job

    • clydeserra - Nov 20, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      I wouldn’t do what he did because it was stupid. not because I am not tough (which I am not). I don’t see how not being macho disqualifies me from being a major league catcher.

      Concussions are a problem, but its not really dangerous, like being a test pilot or a cop.

      • atlantadawg - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        being a catcher is not dangerous? you obviously have never been a catcher. I am in no way comparing it to a cop or test pilot, that would be ridiculous for someone to do that, here is looking at you clydeserra. Being a catcher is more dangerous that you can imagine. Having played the position for 13 years, I can attest to just the everyday wear and tear on your body is unbelievable. Go strap on 15-20lbs of gear and go squat for 2-1/2 hrs when the temp is 90degrees with 80% humidity. oh yeah, then have fastballs hurled at your face at 90+mph all day. its a punishing job. Yes, they wear protective gear, but if you think it doesn’t hurt like a son of a b**** when nailed by a foul ball or a collision, you are sorely mistaken. Don’t belittle it because you have no clue what you are talking about. You also obviously don’t know what its like to be part of team. When someone shows up your teammate, its called having their back. I love how NO ONE in the game knocked what McCann did, but all of you jaggoffs in blog land love berating McCann for doing what he did. In both cases, the players McCann had the confrontation with apologized afterwards for their behavior.

  5. spacemaker101 - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    You being a little b*tch (which you are) disqualifies you from being a major league catcher.. Do you even watch baseball bro?

  6. grumpyoleman - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Dawg, most of the people on here weren’t allowed to play sports by their mommies. They can quote all kinds of stats but don’t know anything about the day to day grind of sports. Glad to see you stuck up for the catchers.

  7. atlsportingreports - Nov 20, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Reblogged this on atlsportingreports.

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