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McCann ready to take next step with glove

James McCann spent his offseason making his body frame smaller. He will spend Spring Training trying to make his pitchers' strike zone bigger.
13 days ago

Tigers GM explains how he stepped away from his dad role when signing his son

One of the hardest things to do is separate your home life and work life. So just imagine how Detroit Tigers GM Al Avila feels.Avila made the tough decision to part ways with his son, major-league catcher Alex Avila, after the 2015 season. However, he signed Alex to a one-year deal just before Christmas this offseason. The elder Avila discussed the challenges of being dad and GM...
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January 12, 2017

James McCann: A Tigers Catcher on his Craft

James McCann remains a work in progress, but he’s established himself as more than Detroit’s catcher of the future. The 26-year-old University of Arkansas product is entrenched as the Tigers’ primary backstop, having earned the lion’s share of playing time thanks to solid defense and strong leadership skills. The one thing McCann hasn’t been providing is offense. The second...
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July 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Tigers place C James McCann on 15-day DL

The Detroit Tigers placed stalwart catcher James McCann on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday morning. The #Tigers today announced that they have placed C @JamesMcCann34 on the 15-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain. — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) April 12, 2016 McCann showed up to the clubhouse wearing a brace on his ankle and using crutches to get around, per Jason Beck...
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April 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Tigers rookie catcher McCann sets impressive record

Tigers rookie James McCann has done something no other catcher in modern baseball has done before. In 102 appearances behind the plate, he's been completely flawless. McCann recently set the modern major-league record for the number of consecutive games played behind the plate to start a career without an error. "That's impressive for anyone, really," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said...
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September 10, 2015  |  Discuss

At least James McCann gives a crap!

There is a lot more than what appears on the surface with the dugout scuffle between catcher James McCann and shortstop Jose Iglesias. The sports media has only talked about Iglesias not being in position or diving for the Rusney Castillo but I wouldn’t say that was the only play on the night that had McCann pissed off. Earlier in that same inning after pitcher Buck Farmer hit...
Via The Majors Detroit
August 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers' James McCann hits walk-off homer (VIDEO)

The Detroit Tigers have had their share of ups and downs this season. Sunday's dramatic walk-off victory was just another example of this team's peaks and valleys -- this one ending on a rather high note. After mustering only two hits and trailing 4-0 through seven innings, Detroit rallied for an incredible comeback victory. Catcher James McCann blasted a laser walk-off home run...
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June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers Catcher Hits Bird With Foul Ball; Bird Falls In Lady’s Lap (Video)

One spring training spectator got a less than desirable souvenir on Friday. Detroit Tigers rookie catcher James McCann knew something was up when there was chatter around the ballpark after a seemingly harmless foul ball. What McCann didn’t know was that his foul ball hit an innocent bird. McCann fouled off a pitch against the Atlanta Braves, and the ball smoked a bird sitting...
March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

VIDEO: James McCann destroys bird with line drive during spring training

Tigers backup catcher James McCann brought back memories of Randy Johnson during this past Friday’s spring training game against the Atlanta Braves. Obviously though McCann isn’t a dominating lefty, he’s a catcher looking to earn a trip north backing up Alex Avila so the memories of the Big Unit don’t start there. They start when the rookie destroyed some poor bird in the...
Via The Majors Detroit
March 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers catcher James McCann destroys bird with foul ball (VIDEO)

It was 14 years ago that Randy Johnson obliterated a bird with one of his 99 mph fastballs during an MLB spring training game. On Friday, Detroit Tigers rookie catcher James McCann did the same with one swing of the bat.  During the Tigers-Braves exhibition game yesterday, McCann launched a ball backwards over the backstop but, unfortunately, for the bird resting atop...
Via The Other Paper
March 14, 2015  |  Discuss

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