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James "McCannon" McCann
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Lawrence Hunt

James McCann, born June 13, 1990, is the starting catcher for the Detroit Tigers. James is from Santa Barbara, CA and played college baseball at the University of Arkansas. James was a pre-Med major at Arkansas and straight A student. One of the top young catcher's in baseball, McCann holds the modern major-league record for the number of consecutive games played behind the plate to start a career without an error. He's a pretty fashionable guy as well!

What do you love about Detroit?

"The first thing that sticks out to me about Detroit is where it comes from and how it all started. The hard work that was put in to create a booming city. The blue collar worker. How much emphasis is placed on hard work and dedication to your job. And Detroit gets a bad name for its winters, but being from California and going to school in Arkansas, I never realized how nice Michigan was in the summer time. Playing ball here in summer time it's unbelievable weather. Ideal for playing baseball. Being part of the Detroit Tigers and getting that opportunity to play here in the summer months makes it worth playing in the cold months."

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What do you love about being a catcher?

"Being a catcher is the only position involved in every single play. Never a down moment. The mental side of the position is so much different than other spots on the field. Obviously physically challenges, but the mental side of the game of calling pitches and working with the pitching staff is what I love most."

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Q&A with James McCann

What's your favorite thing to do when not playing baseball?

"In my free time when I'm not playing baseball, I enjoy to hunt and fish."

Any specific moment you knew you wanted to be a catcher?

"I just love baseball and have always wanted to play in the big leagues. As I got to High School I realized being a catcher was my best shot to get there, and that's when I decided that's what I want to be."

What's your favorite TV show and movie?

"My favorite movie is a classic...Gladiator. My favorite TV show is either The Middle, or Big Bang Theory."

What are some of your favorite brands you like to wear?

"Other than Lawrence Hunt, I enjoy wearing other Detroit brands like Shinola, John Varvatos, Carhartt."

Any advice you can give on leadership?

"Leadership is tough. Have to put your neck out there. Lead by the way you act and not by what you say. You act a certain way, people recognize it. People follow. Word don't always get that across. Actions speak louder than words."

Who inspires you?

"My parents are my inspiration. How hard they've worked in their life and what they've done to raise me. They are definitely my biggest inspiration."

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  • Photography by: Heather Saunders •
  • Film by: John Burr •
  • Film editing and production by: Craig Schattner •
  • Leather Jacket and Black Pants by: John Varvatos •
  • Blue Jacket and Beige Pants by: John Varvatos •
  • Watch by: Shinola •
  • Drop of Water In the Ocean (Broke For Free) / CC BY 3.0

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