There is no question that Brian McCann is the best all-around catcher in baseball right now. He plays smart, he knows how to call a good game, he plays hard every day and he's doing what he needs to do in the
off-season in order to have a long and productive career.
Brian won his fourth Silver Slugger Award yesterday. Fourth in a row actually. He's the only Brave to have ever won five Silver Sluggers and he's only the sixth catcher in baseball history to win at least five. Congratulations Brian!
All that said, I was a little surprised that Brian won the award this year. Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled, but I really thought it would go to Yadier Molina, the second best catcher in the game right now. Yadier is the better defensive catcher. We were reminded of that in the post season. Brian is the better offensive player. But this year, he wasn't.
I don't know all the details and ins-and-outs on how the Silver Slugger is awarded, but comparing stats Yadier had a better season at the plate. Maybe I'm missing something or there's something that just I don't know. Either way, I won't feel too bad for Yadier. He won the Gold Glove Award. Oh yeah, and he got a new ring. His second ring, in fact. It's not easy keeping up with those older brothers! And seriously, what did Mrs. Molina feed those boys growing up!?!