From Wire Reports
WASHINGTON - Selections to the midsummer classic have now become old hat for Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann.
Given that he battled a frustrating eye injury earlier this season, Sunday's news that McCann had been voted by his peers to be a backup in the July 14 game at St. Louis was particularly rewarding.
"This is probably the happiest I've been because I didn't know what was going on earlier in the season. But we found the solution and I bounced back," McCann said.
Earlier this year, McCann experienced deteriorating vision in his left eye after undergoing corrective laser surgery on his eyes after the 2007 season.
He wound up on the 15-day disabled list when the condition didn't improve, then unsuccessfully tried three types of contact lenses before switching to two specially fitted pairs of glasses - one used in the field and the other when he hits.
"His vision is fine right now," said Braves manager Bobby Cox.
McCann was the only Brave named when All-Star Game rosters were announced Sunday, and he will be making his fourth consecutive appearance.
"I'm disappointed we didn't get some more guys on there, but that's fine.
You can't get everyone," said Cox. "
This is the fourth one in a row for him. It's something we've grown to expect."
Added teammate Chipper Jones: "(McCann) deserves it.
He's the best catcher in the league."
McCann finished second to surprise winner Yadier Molina of St. Louis in the fan voting, amassing 2,375,808 votes to Molina's 2,641,467. McCann, however, beat Molina in the player balloting, 499 votes to 314, giving him the edge among his peers for the reserve role.
It's the fourth selection for McCann, who is hitting .304 with eight homers and 33 RBIs, and has hit safely in 36 of 50 games since returning from the 15-day disabled list on May 8.
Since the start of the 2006 season, the 25-year-old McCann leads all Major League Baseball catchers in homers (73), extra-base hits (204), doubles (129) and RBIs (305).
He is tied for first with 40 game-winning RBIs.
McCann has appeared in each of the past three All-Star Games as a reserve, and is 0 for 2 lifetime.