Though he's always been a solid rotation arm, Brandon McCarthy has had a better career off the mound in peoples' mentions on Twitter than he has as a pitcher.
Once again, no disrespect. McCarthy's just that funny. The pinned tweet to his account from six years ago, following a terrifying line drive and emergency surgery that almost ended his career prematurely, pretty much says it all about McCarthy's sense of humor.
WELL IF BEING DISCHARGED FROM THE HOSPITAL ISNT THE BEST TIME TO ASK ABOUT A THREESOME THEN IM FRESH OUT OF IDEAS— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) September 11, 2012
It takes dedication to become the kind of must-follow that McCarthy is on Twitter, and he's got plenty of time on his hands now to continue to execute these little wonders.
Great weather today in Chicago for this off-day. Finally get to go outside to spend some quality time with my phone.— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) May 8, 2014
Even though his fame has eclipsed his modest accomplishments on the mound, it still came as a moderate surprise when the 35-year-old pitcher announced that he would retire at the end of the season. That is, of course, until you take a look at his career statistics.
Wow, I knew that @BMcCarthy32 was the most Twitter baseball player of all time, but retiring with 69 wins and a 4.20 ERA seems a bit on the nose.— Levi Weaver (@ThreeTwoEephus) September 12, 2018
McCarthy was in the middle of rehabbing a knee injury when his retirement announcement dropped, but by now, it makes total sense. Someone let one of the funniest pitchers in baseball know that he had 69 wins and a 4.20 ERA and McCarthy realized he couldn't risk screwing those landmark numbers up.
If the Braves want McCarthy to pitch in the postseason, his services may be available, but there is no way he sets foot on a mound in the regular season again. Can't mess with