Brian McCann Announces Retirement Following Braves' NLDS Loss to Cardinals

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 20: Brian McCann #16 of the Atlanta Braves runs the bases after hitting a home run in the sixth inning of an MLB game against the San Francisco Giants at SunTrust Park on September 20, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves | Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

Game 5 of the NLDS couldn't have possibly gone any worse for the Atlanta Braves. The St. Louis Cardinals scored 10 runs in the first inning en route to their 13-1 victory on Wednesday afternoon, officially sending the Braves home early.

And one player is going home for good.

Following the loss, veteran catcher Brian McCann revealed that Game 5 will be his last, as he plans to retire from the game of baseball, per Mark Bowman. His career ended as it started, as a member of the Braves.

McCann was a sixth-round pick by Atlanta in the 2004 MLB Draft, and made his debut in the 2005 season. In his tenure with the Braves, McCann made the All-Star team seven times (2006-11, 2013) and won five of his six Silver Slugger awards.

After nine seasons with the Braves, McCann signed a five-year deal with the New York Yankees. Three years into the contract, McCann was traded to the Houston Astros, where he won his first ever World Series in 2017.

Once his contract came to an end following the 2018 season, McCann stressed his desire to end his career with the Braves, and he's stuck to that promise. In his 15-year career, McCann recorded 282 home runs, 742 runs, 1,590 hits, and 1,018 RBI, all on a .262 batting average.

While it wasn't the way he wanted to go out, Brian McCann can look back at a very successful MLB career and will certainly be missed by fans across the sport.