Found October 04, 2012 on Rumors and Rants:
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In a shocking move, the Atlanta Braves have decided to bench six-time All-Star catcher Brian McCann for Friday’s wild-card playoff game against the the St. Louis Cardinals. David Ross will get the start behind the plate. While McCann has just endured the worst season of his excellent career, it’s still a huge surprise that he wouldn’t be starting in the Braves’ one-game playoff contest. Other than third baseman Chipper Jones, McCann represents the heart of Atlanta’s franchise. In 121 games this season, the 28-year-old backstop hit .230, with 20 home runs, 67 RBI, 44 runs, 44 walks, 78 strikeouts, and a career-low .699 OPS. For a guy who has traditionally been one of the best hitting catchers in baseball, those numbers are simply horrendous. His WAR of 0.6 was the lowest total he’s had since he played just 59 games as a rookie in 2005. McCann has won five Silver Slugger Awards (2006, 2008-2011), but that wasn’t enough for manager Fredi Gonzalez to give him the nod over Ross on Frid...
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