ATLANTA Since Brian McCann's first full season in the majors back in 2006, he's proven to be one of the best offensive catchers in baseball. He leads all catchers in with 158 home runs and 598 RBI over that span, becoming a focal point of his hometown team's offense while hitting.279.352.481. In terms of value, only Twins catcher Joe Mauer bests him in wins above replacement.
So, after a 2012 season diminished by injuries (and the emergence of Evan Gattis, who could very well be his future replacement), it's refreshing to see McCann has returned to form through the first 87 big-league plate appearances following shoulder surgery.
McCann's power is back (9.3 home runs per at-bat) and he is hitting .280.368.573 all better than his career numbers. He's starting to look like a five-time Silver Slugger again.
And Monday night, he capped his fast start with his second major career "counting" milestone: 1,000 hits. Afterwards, he acknowledged both the...