When Brian McCann arrived in New York, his bat, leadership and fiery demeanor were highlighted by fans and media around the Yankees.
Yet, his ability to catch at a high level, including handling New York’s pitching staff, is a major component to his game.
According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, McCann received a gift from the Yankees in November. Upon signing with the team, the seven-time NL All-Star was presented with an iPad to help jump start the process of learning a new pitching staff.
“I got an iPad in the mail two days later with everybody’s two good games, two bad games, all the hitters in the AL East,” McCann said. “As soon as we signed Tanaka, I got all his starts, so I’ve seen it. Now I want to get to know everybody and what their mindset is.”
For a team that will rely so heavily on McCann to mesh with new pitchers and learn the tendencies of hitters in a new league, the gift could keep on giving for the Yankees.
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