The ending of an era

The Atlanta Braves could be without two long-time Braves, Julio Teheran and Brian McCann, next season. The Braves have had either McCann or Teheran on their roster every season, since McCann’s debut in 2005.

The Braves are faced with a tough decision to make this offseason with Teheran, deciding whether or not they pick up the $12 million team option for 2020 or let him test out the free agent market. Meanwhile, after the Braves heart-breaking loss in Game 5 of the NLDS, McCann announced to the media that he was retiring, putting an end  to his historic career.

Brian McCann’s MLB career

McCann played in 1,755 regular season games and 39 playoff games, throughout his career. He spent 10 seasons with the Braves, three with the New York Yankees and two with the Houston Astros.

McCann was drafted by the Braves in the second round of the 2002 MLB Draft, out of Duluth High School. Three years later, he would make his MLB debut with the Braves at the age of 21. 15 seasons later, McCann has established himself as one of the best catchers in MLB history.

Awards and Accolades

  • 2017 World Series
  • 7x All-Star
  • 6x Sliver Slugger
  • All-Star Game MVP

McCann's six Sliver Slugger awards are tied with Lance Parrish for the third-most in MLB history, for a catcher, only trailing Iván Rodríguez (7) and Mike Piazza (10).

Career Stats (all-time MLB rank for catchers)

  • 31.8 bWAR (12th)
  • .262 AVG
  • .337 OPS
  • .452 SLG
  • .789 OPS
  • 110 OPS+
  • 742 Runs (10th)
  • 1,590 Hits (13th)
  • 294 Doubles (14th)
  • Triples (t-219th)
  • 282 Home Runs (3rd)
  • 1,018 RBI (4th)
  • 25 Stolen Bases (t-63rd)
  • 640 BB (8th)
  • 2,740 Total Bases (8th)

Julio Teheran’s career with the Braves

On July 2, 2007, the Braves took a chance on this 16-year-old kid from Colombia named, Teheran, and signed him as an amateur free agent. Four years later, at the tender age of 20, Teheran made his MLB debut with the Braves.

Awards and Accolades

  • 2x All-Star

Teheran is the only pitcher in Braves franchise history to strikeout at least 150 batters in seven-straight seasons. His seven total seasons of at least 150 strikeouts are the fourth-most, in Braves franchise history. The only pitchers with more seasons of at least 150 strikeouts are three Hall of Famers, Greg Maddux (8), Phil Niekro (10) and John Smoltz (12).

He is one of just nine pitchers in Braves franchise history to ever strikeout over 1,000 batters in a Braves uniform. That list includes Jim Whitney, Kid Nichols, Vic Willis, Warren Spahn, Niekro, Tom Glavine, Smoltz and Maddux.

Career Stats (all-time Braves franchise rank):

  • 19.5 bWAR for Pitchers (18th)
  • 77 Wins (27th)
  • 3.67 ERA (28th) *min. 1,000 ip*
  • 1.211 WHIP (9th) *min. 1,000 ip*
  • 109 ERA+ (16th) *min. 1,000 ip*
  • 4.23 FIP (40th) *min. 1,000 ip*
  • 1,184 (7th)

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