But instead of dwelling on his disappointing first half, McCann will spend the next few days preparing to be a father for the first time. His wife, Ashley, could give birth to their first child, a boy, as early as this week.
"It could happen any day now, so it's a blessing that I'm able to stay home and enjoy the next four days at home before the season's second half starts," McCann said. "I'll be at the house not doing a lot."
McCann is the only player in Braves history to earn an All-Star selection in each of his first six full Major League seasons. His streak came to a close this year, as he struggled throughout much of the past three months. He entered Saturday hitting .231 with 11 home runs and a .702 OPS.
"I'm taking this as a positive, I really am," McCann said. "I feel like I need to get back to really understanding my swing and what I do. I truly believe I used to be really, really good at that. I've kind of fallen in a rut where I'll hit .270 with 20 [home runs], and that's what I've done the past few years. But I know I'm better than that, and I feel this is kind of a wake-up call."
McCann has been adjusting his swing since developing bad habits after returning too soon from a strained left oblique muscle late last July. The veteran catcher started feeling comfortable this week, and homered on Thursday and Friday.
"I'm in a spot now where I haven't been in a couple years as far as comfort," McCann said.