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Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann said Wednesday he is retiring after 15 major league seasons.
McCann, 35, revealed his plans after Atlanta's 13-1 loss to St. Louis in the decisive Game 5 of its National League Division Series.
"This is it for me," he told reporters in the locker room, saying he made the decision about a month and a half ago. "I'm going to go home and be a dad and play with those kids."
The Georgia native began his career with nine seasons with the Braves, being named an All-Star seven times, before moving on to the New York Yankees in 2014. He won the World Series in 2017 after a trade to the Houston Astros.
Alex Bregman, who played with McCann in Houston, quickly paid tribute to his former teammate via Twitter.
Alex Bregman ✔ @ABREG_1 Brian McCann is one of the best catchers to ever play the game but also the best dude I met in Professional Baseball. Love you bro.
7,509 9:35 AM - Oct 10, 2019 Twitter Ads info and privacy 662 people are talking about this McCann re-signed with Atlanta as a free agent last November to play for manager Brian Snitker, who was also his manager at Double-A Mississippi when the Braves first called him up directly to the majors in 2005.
"Yeah he knew," McCann said of Snitker. "I've known him for a long, long time. He was my Double-A manager. Being able to do this with him as my manager is something I'll always remember."
A six-time Silver Slugger, McCann passed 1,000 career RBIs in his final season. He finished with a career .262 average, 282 home runs and 1,018 RBIs. This season, he hit .249 with 12 homers and 45 RBIs in 85 games.
"This is everything that I wanted to do," McCann said. "I wanted to come back and get a chance at the postseason."