McCann announces retirement following Braves' NLDS loss
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Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann announced his retirement following his team's Game 5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series on Wednesday.

A seven-time All-Star and six-time Silver Slugger, the 35-year-old was also a member of the New York Yankees and Houston Astros during his 15-year career.

McCann was lifted from the game during the ninth inning for pinch hitter Tyler Flowers, and he noted it was an emotional moment with Braves skipper Brian Snitker, who was also the veteran's manager during his minor-league tenure as a prospect with the club.

After he hit free agency this past winter, McCann and the Braves agreed on a one-year deal worth $2 million. The pact reunited the two parties after McCann spent his first nine seasons with the organization before signing as a free agent with the Yankees. He was later traded to the Astros.

McCann concludes his career with a .262/.337/.452 slash line and 282 home runs, the eighth-most among catchers in MLB history.

Rank Catcher Home Runs
1 Mike Piazza* 427
2 Johnny Bench* 389
3 Carlton Fisk* 376
4 Yogi Berra* 358
5 Gary Carter* 324
6 Lance Parrish 324
7 Ivan Rodriguez* 311
8 Brian McCann 282
9 Brian Downing 275
10 Jorge Posada 275

* - denotes Hall of Famer

Former teammate Alex Bregman was among many MLB players to congratulate McCann on an incredible career on Twitter:

McCann announces retirement following Braves' NLDS loss
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