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Braves’ Brian McCann announces his retirement after playoff exit

Braves catcher Brian McCann announced Wednesday night that he has played his last game.

In the Braves' clubhouse after the team's 13-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the deciding Game 5 of the National League Division Series, McCann said he made the decision about a month ago and cherished playing his final season in a Braves uniform.

"This is everything that I wanted to do," McCann said. "I wanted to come back and get a chance at the postseason and this is it for me. I'm going to go home and be a dad and play with those kids."

McCann, 35, hit .249 during the regular season with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs. In the NLDS, McCann hit .188 (3 for 16) with a double and a run scored. He played in all five games.

McCann began his career with the Braves in 2005, the final season of the team's 14 consecutive division titles. He hit a memorable home run off the Astros' Roger Clemens in the NLDS that season.

McCann left the Braves as a free agent after the 2013 season and returned on Nov. 26 last year.

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