Brian McCann Predicts Around 20 Homers In 2019 In Atlanta Braves Return


ATLANTA (92.9 The Game) -- The Atlanta Braves welcomed a familiar face back to the lineup, signing veteran catcher Brian McCann to a one-year, $2 million deal on Monday.

McCann joined "The Morning Show with John and Hugh" on Wednesday and told fans what they can expect from him in the 2019 season. McCann, who turns 35 in February, is coming off a career-worst hitting season with the Houston Astros in 2018.

"Last year was ... I was stuck behind the eight-ball from Day 1. I should've gotten the surgery (on his right knee) after the World Series (with the Astros in 2017)," McCann said. "I still have a lot left. Two years ago, I almost hit 20 homers in 2017 and had a productive year. That's where I feel like I'm going to be. I feel like I'm going to be more back to 2017, if not better, this year."

McCann hit 18 home runs in 2017, his first season in Houston, which snapped a streak of nine consecutive years with at least 20 homers (his career high is 26, set in 2015 while playing home games at Yankee Stadium).

McCann has sported the No. 16 his entire Major League Baseball career, including during his previous stint in Atlanta. Utility player Charlie Culberson wore the number last season with the Braves. McCann says the two have worked out a deal.