ATLANTA -- There was a time, not too long ago, when I thought Brian McCann would be the next face of the Braves.
In my mind, he was the only candidate to replace Chipper Jones as the heart and soul of the franchise. He would be the guy in the commercials and doing the video announcements at Turner Field and spending his entire career in the familiar uniform.
Who would be a better choice? It seemed a perfect and logical succession from Jones to McCann.
Hes a native Atlantan who was drafted and reared by his hometown team. He is laid back and a hard worker and is respected by his teammates, especially the pitchers, for his ability to call a game.
McCann has provided plenty of pop and circumstance in his seven-plus years with a tomahawk on his chest, going to six All-Star games and winning five Silver Slugger awards while becoming one of the best hitting catchers of his generation.
No one else had those credentials.
No one else fit the part.
Even Jones seemed ready to anoint McC...