• Over His Last 889 MLB PA, Brian McCann Hit .242

    Posted by on March 19th, 2014 · Comments (15)

    And, his OPS+ was 99.

    Lastly, in the second half of 2013, his BA/OBP/SLG line was .220/.296/.384 (in 196 PA).

    Hey, it’s always possible that the Braves let him walk for a reason…

    Comments on Over His Last 889 MLB PA, Brian McCann Hit .242

    1. Evan3457
      March 19th, 2014 | 8:27 pm

      There was a reason.

      They didn’t want to pay him; they wanted to save their money for their key younger players, like Freeman, Heyward and Simmons.

    2. Mr. October
      March 19th, 2014 | 9:54 pm

      One reason was the Braves couldn’t match or exceed an offer that was the richest all-time for a free agent catcher; Wren’s payroll is about 50% of the payroll Wile E. Cashman, Super Genius, is working with. Another reason is that McCann’s offensive production is declining, which makes him a better fit in The Bronx.

    3. MJ Recanati
      March 20th, 2014 | 11:28 am

      Evan3457 wrote:

      There was a reason.

      Mr. October wrote:

      [A] reason is that McCann’s offensive production is declining, which makes him a better fit in The Bronx.

      Or, another reason could be that:

      “From 2011 to 2013, among the 102 left-handed batters with at least 1,000 plate appearances, Brian McCann’s 47.2 pull percentage was 14th highest. And his “far right” pull percentage during that time frame was 13th highest. Only eight stadiums in baseball have a right-field wall farther out than Turner Field’s 330 feet. Only Fenway Park and AT&T Park have a right-field wall that’s a shorter distance from home plate than Yankee Stadium’s 314 feet. And only five stadiums have a right-field fence that’s shorter than Yankee Stadium’s 8 feet. After a career of playing his home games at Turner Field, and six straight seasons of at least 20 home runs, left-handed pull hitter Brian McCann will play his home games at Yankee Stadium.”

      Source: ESPN
      http://espn.go.com/fantasy/baseball/story/_/page/TMR130306/matthew-berry-100-facts-know-your-fantasy-baseball-draft

    4. March 20th, 2014 | 3:22 pm

      Didn’t Teixiera become pull happy after joining the Yankees? Hasn’t really worked out for him, has it?

    5. MJ Recanati
      March 20th, 2014 | 3:42 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Didn’t Teixiera become pull happy after joining the Yankees? Hasn’t really worked out for him, has it?

      You call a .502 SLG not working out for Teixeira?

    6. #15
      March 20th, 2014 | 5:00 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:
      While I agree with the take on McCann’s game playing well in Yankee Stadium and I was/am a strong advocate of getting him (the production improvement from the catcher’s spot over the past few years is huge), I much prefered the old, gap to gap version of Tex. He had many fewer K’s and he was much less prone to hitting into the shift. In my dream scenario, Tex hits the ball hard the other way 2-4 times a week from the left side of the plate. That’s all it would take. The shift becomes harder to justify/less effective, the outside corner becomes less of a glowing target for pitchers to aim at, and there will be fewer K’s. Sadly, I think it will stay a dream. I suspect we’ll see a heavy shift for McCann as well. Seems like in the few games I’ve watched so far, McCann has shown nice power to left center.

    7. Mr. October
      March 20th, 2014 | 6:38 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      Or, another reason could be that:
      “From 2011 to 2013, among the 102 left-handed batters with at least 1,000 plate appearances, Brian McCann’s 47.2 pull percentage was 14th highest…

      It’s possible. McCann has a higher pull percentage than Cashman, and that could be a reason why the New York Yankees offered Brian McCann the most lucrative contract for a free agent catcher in M.L.B. history to replace Christopher Stewart and Francisco Cervelli behind the plate. Signing McCann was a no-brainer, like all of Brian Cashman’s best moves have been… I think Amaro Jr., Anthopoulos, DiPoto, Zduriencik and Jason Bump all would have signed McCann under the circumstances; and Mussina in 2001 and Sabathia in 2009 too…

    8. Corey
      March 20th, 2014 | 6:57 pm

      #15 wrote:

      I much prefered the old, gap to gap version of Tex.

      gap to gap version of Tex? When was this? He averages 37 home runs per 162 games for his career (along with 122 K/162).

    9. Mr. October
      March 20th, 2014 | 7:21 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      Or, another reason could be that…

      Not sure I understand why the Braves would not re-sign McCann for $17 million-per year, or more, through 2019 because he pulls the ball when the team has far less appealing options at catcher… but, like I said, it’s possible…

      Corey wrote:

      … gap to gap version of Tex? When was this?

      This was back when he was hitting better than .222 in the postseason, or prior to 2009. I think Teixeira’s decline is going to pick up right where it left off in 2012…

    10. Evan3457
      March 21st, 2014 | 12:02 am

      His career splits show Teixeira has been a pull hitter from both sides of the plate even before he joined the Yankees.

    11. March 23rd, 2014 | 8:34 am

      BTW, how is McCann doing this spring?

      .235 BA, so far, with 10 Ks in 34 ABs.

    12. Mr. October
      March 23rd, 2014 | 7:45 pm

      BTW, how did Ellsbury do today?

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