Braves catcher Brian McCann announces retirement in wake of Game 5 loss in NLDS

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After 15 MLB seasons, Braves catcher Brian McCann says he's retiring.

McCann made the announcement while talking with reporters after Atlanta's 13-1 loss to St. Louis in Game 5 of the National League Division Series on Wednesday.

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"It's time to go," McCann told reporters. "I had a long career. Fifteen years is a long time catching every day. And I got to do it my hometown."

The Georgia native made his major-league debut with the Braves back in 2005. He would spend nine years in Atlanta before signing a five-year, $85 million contract with the Yankees before the 2014 season.

McCann was then traded to the Astros after the 2016 season where he would go on to win his only World Series in 2017. He returned to Atlanta on a one-year, $2 million deal last offseason which wound up being his final season.

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"That was a big reason I wanted to come back," McCann said. "I wanted to be a part of this again, put this uniform back on and play in front of my family every night."

The six-time silver slugger sported a .262/.337/.452 career line while hitting 282 homers and driving in 1,018 runs. McCann also posted a career 31.8 bWAR and was named an All-Star seven times.

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