Even though he had one of the worst months of his career and played on a team that blew an enormous lead to miss the playoffs, Brian McCann is now the first Atlanta Braves player to take home five Silver Slugger awards.
The Silver Slugger, the award given to the best offensive performer at each position, is the fourth consecutive for McCann and his fifth in six full seasons.
McCann joins Mike Piazza (10), Ivan Rodriguez (seven), Lance Parrish (six), Gary Carter (five) and Jorge Posada (five) as the sixth catcher to win five Silver Sluggers. It is also the seventh time in the last nine years that Braves catcher has won the award. Javy Lopez won it in 2003, and Johnny Estrada won it in 2004.
McCann hit .270 in 2011, despite hitting .180 in his final 37 games after retrurning what may have been too soon after an oblique injury. Even so, his 24 homers and ranked first among Major League catchers, and his .817 OPS was second only to Miguel Montero (.820).
After totally only two home runs and seven extra-base hits through May 16, McCann got some help on his swing from his brother Brad. He then went on to hit 16 home runs in his next 53 games until July 26, when he strained his left oblique.
McCann would return on Aug. 14, but his offensive output was all downhill through September.
McCann as well as Tom Glavine and Dale Murphy are the only other players who have totaled four Silver Sluggers while playing for the Braves
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