There was a time, not too long ago, when I thought Brian McCann would be the next face of the Atlanta Braves.

In my mind, he was the only candidate to replace Chipper Jones as the heart and soul of the franchise. He would be the guy in the commercials and doing the video announcements at Turner Field and spending his entire career in the familiar uniform.

Who would be a better choice? It seemed a perfect and logical succession from Jones to McCann.

He's a native Georgian who was drafted and reared by his hometown team. He is laid back and a hard worker and is respected by his teammates, especially the pitchers, for his ability to call a game.