Brian Michael McCann
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6′ 3″, Weight: 230 lb.
Born: February 20, 1984 in Athens, GA
High School: Duluth (Duluth, GA)
Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 2nd round of the 2002 amateur draft.
Signed July 11, 2002.
Debut: June 10, 2005
Team: Braves 2005-2010
About Brian McCann
Brian Michael McCann burst into the spotlight as a rookie by hitting a home run off Roger Clemens in his first playoff game and has not slowed down since. He has progressively made a name for himself as one of the top catchers in Major League Baseball since that time.
McCann was born February 20, 1984 in Athens, GA. He spent a portion of his childhood in Huntington W.V., where his father Howard coached the Marshall University Thundering Herd baseball team. Brian’s training in baseball began at a young age when his father built him a batting cage in the back yard. He spent countless hours perfecting his swing from the early age of 7 years old alongside his older brother, Brad.
The McCann family moved from Huntington to Atlanta, GA when Brian was 11 years old. His hard work at a young age and developing talent paid off when he realized he was not out-matched by the kids playing in the metro area. While playing for the East Cobb Tigers, Brian met and teamed up with current Mets outfielder Jeff Francoeur and formed a close friendship. From there, Brian attended Duluth High School where he met his wife and best friend Ashley Jarusinski. After four all-state years at Duluth, Brian committed to play baseball at the University of Alabama. When he was drafted by his favorite childhood team the Atlanta Braves in the second round, his decision to forgo college and enter the Braves minor league system was an easy one.
Brian’s success can be traced back to his strong family upbringing with Howard and Sherry, which gave him a strong work ethic and a sense of humility. Another key factor was the guidance from his older brother Brad, who was an All-American at Clemson University and was a 7th round pick by the Florida Marlins. Brian’s attitude as a player, which emphasizes putting the team’s goals and interests above all else, has personified his career even at his young age.
In his free time, Brian works with his wife to raise awareness and funds for the Rally foundation. The Rally foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to childhood cancer research.