McCann began his career with the Braves in 2005, the final season of the team’s 14 consecutive division titles. He hit a memorable home run off Roger Clemens on the Astros in the NLDS that season.
“I grew up watching the Atlanta Braves, we all did, and I was fortunate enough to watch his career,” outfielder Ronald Acuna said through an interpreter. “What else is there to say about him? Veteran, superstar, the tremendous seasons he had. Just a perfect career. He has a tremendous impact for your organization.”
McCann, a Georgia native, said he made the decision to retire roughly six weeks ago. “It’s time to go. Fifteen years of catching, it’s sad, but it’s time,” he added.
McCann came out in the ninth inning of Game 5 and shared a moment with manager Brian Snitker, who knew the backstop growing up in the organization and was aware of his looming retirement.
“I’ve known Snit for a long, long time,” McCann said. “He was my Double-A manager. To get a chance to do this with him, this is something I’ll always remember.”
McCann left the Braves as a free agent after the 2013 season and went on to play for the Yankees and Astros, the latter of whom he won a championship with in 2017.
He returned to the Braves on Nov. 26 last year. McCann, who’s always resided in metro Atlanta, said he’ll continue being around the organization in his post-playing life.
“I went out the way I wanted to, and I’m happy about that,” he said. “I’ll always be a part of this organization. I’ll be around. ... I’ll be watching those guys do their thing. I’ll be coming back a lot. I have a 7- and 6-year-old who love baseball. So I’ll be at the yard.”