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Brian McCann announces retirement from baseball

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Following the Braves’ disappointing 13-1 loss to the Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLDS, catcher Brian McCann announced his retirement from baseball, Kelsey Wingert of Fox Sports South reports.

McCann, 35, went 3-for-16 during the NLDS. The veteran spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Braves before joining the Yankees for three seasons followed by two in Houston, winning a championship in 2017. Across his 15 years in the big leagues, McCann posted a .789 OPS while racking up 282 home runs and 1,018 RBI.

After the Astros declined to pick up his 2019 club option, McCann rejoined the Braves for the 2019 season on a one-year, $2 million contract. Splitting time with Tyler Flowers behind the plate, McCann hit .249/.323/.412 with 12 home runs and 45 RBI in 316 plate appearances.

Happy trails to McCann as he heads off into post-baseball-playing life.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

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The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.

Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.

Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.