Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann (16) celebrates with teammates after the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Turner Field. The Braves won 7-1. (Photo: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports)
Brian McCann chalked up his 1,000th major league hit, all with his hometown Atlanta Braves, in Monday night's victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Duluth grad and six-time Major League Baseball All-Star reached the milestone in the seventh inning with an opposite-field single off Pirate reliever Mike Zagurski. He then got a standing ovation from the home crowd at Turner Field.
"It's a cool moment," McCann told mlb.com. "When you're a kid, you don't think you're going to get a hit in the big leagues, let alone a thousand. It's a cool milestone. I'm hoping to get many more."
According to mlb.com, only three other Braves who played primarily catcher have topped the 1,000-hit mark — Del Crandall, Javy Lopez and Joe Torre. It's another piece of Atlanta history for McCann, whose six straight all-star appearances in his first six full seasons also is a franchise record.
McCann got his first major-league hit in 2005 off Dan Haren and posted plenty of other memorable ones along the way. Maybe the most noteworthy was a playoff home run off the legendary Roger Clemens, also during McCann's 2005 rookie season.
The 29-year-old's latest hit continues his strong return from offseason shoulder surgery, which kept him out of the Braves' lineup for the beginning of the season. In only 22 games this season, he has seven home runs and 17 RBIs. He's hitting .280.
"It's more impressive to watch when (McCann) hits the lefty right down the left-field line," first baseman Freddie Freeman told mlb.com of McCann's 1,000th hit. "I love to see people go opposite field. To get it for your 1,000th hit off a tough lefty like that ... I've only been here three years to watch him, but it's been a great time."