Monday, April 15, 2013

64/13 Counterparts: Little Brothers

Today's subjects share more than just a common position, card number, and team. Each also happens to be the younger brother of a professional baseball player. In Joe's case, older brother Frank was a major leaguer; Brad McCann, older brother of Brian, was not- only making it to AA in his fourth and final professional season.

One other thing the two might have in common: 9 seasons- as in major league service time for the Braves.

2013 Heritage #70 Brian McCann
McCann is in his ninth MLB season, and with his contract ending after 2013, it might be his final one with Atlanta. With defensive whiz Christian Bethancourt refining his hitting skills at AA Mississippi and emerging star Evan Gattis raking at the major league level (not to mention the good reviews he's getting for his defensive play), the team certainly has options should they decide to part with local favorite McCann. Should Brian return to his early career form offensively, he will be commanding a nice payday- one that I can't see Atlanta management accommodating.

1964 Topps #70 Joe Torre

Torre was McCann's equal during his nine seasons with the Braves: a .294/.356/.462 slash line, along with 142 Home Runs and 552 RBI. His tenure also included Five All-Star selections, 1 Gold Glove, 1 Top-5 MVP, and Second in ROY. 

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