Identifying MLB's most- and least-shiftable teams
regular players north of that line. Both Chris Young and Mark Teixeira are over 70 percent. You know about the problems Brian McCann had. The Yankees have put together a flexible offense that can swing a lot of left-handed bats in home games. This
Pierzynski brings old fire to new role as mentor with Braves
Pierzynski leads with 1,435 games. Molina trails by 107 games for second, with the former Brave and current Yankee Brian McCann third (1,245). Switching to a full season as a backup is admittedly a new experience, but he'd at least gotten
About this unusual Yankees offseason
expensive bench for maximum yield. Some well-timed “dead cat bounces” from Mark Teixeira, Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann , and A-Rod and suddenly you have a very competitive bunch. If only “very competitive” was good enough for
Don't shift these batters
stop shifting the guys who are hitting well into the shift. But only three players -- David Ortiz, Ryan Howard and Brian McCann -- were shifted as much as 300 times. If we focus on their results (Ortiz had a BABIP that was 100 points higher
Can new Yankees shortstop handle NYC without Jeter's influence?
be sure, the Yankees still feature a number of highly respected, lead-by-example veterans — Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann , Martin Prado, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mark Teixeira, et al. But this season, they also could be re-introducing Alex
Blue Jays invest in defense with Russell Martin
a five-year, $82 million contract. The deal falls just $3 million short of the five-year, $85 million deal Brian McCann signed with the Yankees last off-season. Martin enjoyed a career year in 2014 with the Pirates. A season is which
Pirates acquire C Cervelli from Yankees for reliever Wilson
expendable, especially with Cervelli due for a big raise in arbitration to a seven-figure salary. Filling in as Brian McCann 's backup when Cervelli was sidelined with a hamstring injury this year, Murphy hit .284 with a homer and nine RBIs
Will we see A-Rod in pinstripes again?
there’s a gaping hole where a power-hitting designated hitter should be. But there’s some good news, too: Brian McCann , Jacoby Ellsbury, and Carlos Beltran — last winter’s big free-agent signings, which we (or I, anyway
Short Hops: Braves catchers review/preview
following the acts of power hitters Gattis and Brian McCann before him. In 2013, his second in Double ..... their roster, going that route in 2012 with McCann , Gattis and Laird (due to McCann 's injury and the emergence of Gattis' bat
From Mother Nature to God, how else was this script going to end?
He wasn't going to walk Jeter to set up a matchup between right-hander Evan Meek and the left-handed hitting Brian McCann . "Derek would only want you to play the game the way the game is supposed to be played," Showalter said. So, Meek