McCann made his MLB debut with the Braves on June 10, 2005 after playing in the minor leagues for the Rome Braves. A personal catcher for John Smoltz. For most of the 2005 season, McCann hit his first home run.
In just his second regular-season game and became the first Braves player in franchise history to hit a home run in his first playoff at-bat. He accomplished the feat in the second inning of a 7-1 victory over Roger Clemens. In Game 2 of the 2005 National League Division Series. McCann was named the everyday starter when the Braves traded Johnny Estrada.
During the 2006 season, McCann hit. 333 with 24 homers and 94 RBI. He led all Major League catchers in homers, and his RBI total was matched only by Jorge Posada. McCann was selected to play in the 2006 MLB All-Star Game.
In his first full major league season, and then again in both 2007 and 2008, making him the first Braves player ever to be selected to the National League All-Star team in each of his first three seasons. In 2008, he allowed more stolen bases than any other NL catcher, with 93.Beginning in April 2009, McCann was bothered by blurry vision in his left eye, due to a slight vision change following 2007 LASIK. He decided to opt for glasses when contact lenses proved uncomfortable. In May 2009, Oakley, Inc. Made special glasses for McCann to correct the vision problem and allow for comfort under the catcher's mask. McCann remarked, I need my Oakleys. I have to have the wraparounds for my peripheral vision. In 2009, he had more errors at catcher than any other major leaguer, with 12, and had the lowest fielding percentage among them. McCann was again selected for the All-Star Game in 2009. In the latter, he was named the MVP. After driving in all three of the National League's runs with a bases-clearing double in the seventh inning driving in Scott Rolen. , off of Chicago White Sox. Giving the NL a 3-1 victory, its first in the midsummer classic since 1996.
On August 29, McCann hit the first walk-off home run reviewed by instant replay. McCann hit a line drive to right field.
The ball struck the top of the right field wall. The umpires called it a double. But McCann and Braves bench coach Chino Cadahia. The umpires went to go review instant replay.
Replays showed that the ball struck the top of the right field wall, bounced into the stands, and then got onto the field. Thus, the umpires overturned the call and called it a walk-off home run. In 2010, he allowed more stolen bases than any other NL catcher, with 84.During spring training, on March 9, 2011, McCann hit a line drive foul ball which struck minor league manager Luis Salazar. Blinding him in the left eye. On May 17, 2011, McCann hit a ninth-inning, game-tying, pinch-hit. Home run and an 11th-inning game-winning two-run home run to defeat the Houston Astros 3-1. Also in 2011, he allowed 104 stolen bases, more than any other major league catcher. On July 27, 2012, he became the first player since Jim Thome.
In 2007 to homer in six straight games versus an opponent. He did this on the same day Chipper Jones tied Pete Rose. S major league record for extra base hits by a switch hitter.
On July 14, 2013, McCann was chosen by National League manager Bruce Bochy. To replace injured Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman. In the 2013 All-Star Game.
Great-great-great-grandfather, a native of 19th-century Romania, moved to Greece at the age of 16 to avoid conscription. At the hands of the notoriously anti-Semitic.Youkilis was born in Cincinnati. The son of Carolyn (née Weekley) and Mike Youkilis, a wholesale jeweler. His father was born to a Jewish family, while his mother, a native of West Virginia.
To Judaism after her marriage. Youkilis has described his father as a well-known third baseman in the Jewish Community Center fast-pitch softball league. Youkilis is Jewish and had a Bar Mitzvah.He attended Sycamore High School. In the northeastern suburbs of Cincinnati, where he played third base, shortstop, first base, and the outfield for the school team (the Aviators) which won the Amateur Athletic Union. He was a four-year letter winner, a two-time All- Greater Miami Conference. (1996 and 1997) and All-City (1996 and 1997) player, and All-State his senior season as he led the team with a. 475 batting average and finished second all time in home runs. While at Sycamore High School, he was the only player to homer off his future Red Sox. Youkilis was inducted into the Sycamore Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2017, the school honored him by retiring his jersey number, number 13. When he graduated from high school in 1997, Youkilis was 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) and weighed about 227 pounds (103 kg). He was recruited by two Division I.
And his ultimate choice, the University of Cincinnati. An institution that was the alma mater. Of both his father and Youkilis' longtime idol, Sandy Koufax.
And had just finished a 12-46 season. UC coach Brian Cleary spotted Youkilis at a winter camp. "I looked at him and said, Well, we need somebody", said Cleary. I'd love to tell you I saw something no one else did, but he was just better than what we had.
While majoring in finance, Youkilis excelled as a player for the Cincinnati Bearcats. "I take no credit", said Cleary. Any time we said anything to him, he was already a step ahead. He made the adjustments he had to make.
I just think he's a really smart guy who had a great feel for what he had to do. In his junior year in 2000, he was a second-team All-American. And first-team All- Conference USA.
As he set school records by hitting three home runs in one game and 19 for the season, and drawing 63 walks in 60 games; still, he went undrafted. "He was kind of a square-shaped body, a guy [who] in a uniform didn't look all that athletic", Cleary said. He wasn't a tall, prospect-y looking guy. He looked chubby in a uniform.
[But] I think the body did scare some people away. During the period between his junior and senior years, he played in the Cape Cod League. Finishing sixth in the league in batting average. In his senior year in 2001, he repeated as second-team All-American.
He set UC career records for home runs. 499 with a batting average of. He had a great eye. He hardly ever struck out.
Looking, said Brad Meador, UC's associate head coach. When he did, you knew the ump. Cleary, noting how driven Youkilis was to succeed, told his father: Your son's going to be a millionaire some day. Yet, when asked what he liked about Youkilis, former Boston scout.
Matt Haas said: At first glance, not a lot. He had an extreme crouch-his thighs were almost parallel to the ground. And he was heavier than he is now. But the more I watched him, the more I just thought,'Throw the tools out the window. This guy can play baseball.
In 2001, at Haas' urging, the Boston Red Sox drafted. Youkilis in the eighth round (243rd overall), to the chagrin of Billy Beane. Who had hoped that he would be able to draft him in a later round.
Reported that: questions about his defense and power with wood kept him out of the top part of the draft. "Kevin would have played for a six-pack of beer", his father said.
"Teams didn't appreciate performance as much then as they do now", observed Red Sox VP of Player Personnel Ben Cherington. His college performance was off the charts. If he [were] in the draft this year, he'd be at least a sandwich pick.
If not a first rounder. His performance was that good, in college and on the Cape.Now, teams appreciate what that means. There's no way he'd last that long now. In 2007, he was inducted into the University of Cincinnati James P. Kelly Athletics Hall Of Fame. In 2015, the University of Cincinnati retired his No. In 2018, Youkilis took his final exams and graduated the University of Cincinnati with a business degree. In 2019, he was named to the inaugural Conference USA Hall of Fame class. Cards come from a smoke free home! This item is in the category "Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop\Sports Trading Cards\Trading Card Sets". The seller is "ccs9999" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Wallis and Futuna, Gambia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Poland, Oman, Suriname, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Argentina, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Togo, Ireland, Qatar, Burundi, Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, Equatorial Guinea, Thailand, Aruba, Sweden, Iceland, Macedonia, Belgium, Israel, Liechtenstein, Kuwait, Benin, Algeria, Antigua and Barbuda, Swaziland, Italy, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Panama, Switzerland, Djibouti, Chile, Mali, Botswana, Republic of Croatia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Portugal, Vietnam, Malta, Cayman Islands, Paraguay, Saint Helena, Cyprus, Seychelles, Rwanda, Australia, Austria, Gabon Republic, Zimbabwe, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Norway, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Kiribati, Grenada, Greece, Haiti, Greenland, Yemen, Montenegro, Bahamas, Bahrain, United Kingdom, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Angola, Western Samoa, France, Mozambique, Namibia, Peru, Denmark, Guatemala, Solomon Islands, Vatican City State, Sierra Leone, Nauru, Anguilla, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Cameroon, Guyana, Macau, Tonga, San Marino, Eritrea, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Morocco, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Mauritania, Belize, Philippines, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Colombia, Spain, Estonia, Bermuda, Montserrat, Zambia, South Korea, Vanuatu, Ecuador, Albania, Ethiopia, Monaco, Niger, Laos, Ghana, Cape Verde Islands, Moldova, Madagascar, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Lebanon, Liberia, Bolivia, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Central African Republic, Lesotho, Nigeria, Mauritius, Saint Lucia, Jordan, Guinea, Canada, Turks and Caicos Islands, Chad, Andorra, Romania, Costa Rica, Mexico, Serbia, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Lithuania, Trinidad and Tobago, Malawi, Nicaragua, Finland, Tunisia, Uganda, Luxembourg, Brazil, Turkey, Germany, Egypt, Latvia, Jamaica, South Africa, Brunei Darussalam, Honduras.