Braves’ new alliance: Glavine and … Schuerholz?

Glavine1Tom Glavine and John Schuerholz: Together again.

Tom Glavine and Frank Wren? Notsomuch, yet.

I’m not sure if there ever has been an athlete as revered as  Glavine who had, not one, but two unceremonious exits from the same franchise. First came the ugly negotiations with the Braves in the winter of 2002, leading to him signing with the New York Mets. Then came the absurdity of last June when

Tom Glavine agrees it's best for all parties that he and the Braves make amends. And kudos to John Schuerholz (below) for making this happen.

Tom Glavine agrees it's best for all parties that he and the Braves make amends. And kudos to John Schuerholz (below) for making this happen.

Wren blindsided Glavine (and everybody else) by releasing him after a rehab stint without ever warning him that he had changed his mind and now considered his return from surgery little more than a tryout.

Kudos to Schuerholz for some bridge building.

He wasn’t comfortable with how the Glavine matter was handled last summer. It was he, not Wren, who publicly apologized for the tone and manner of the pitcher’s release. Now it’s Schuerholz, not Wren, who’s spearheading efforts to bring Glavine back to the franchise in some capacity.

Maybe next they can be Facebook friends.

Kinda funny. Glavine and Schuerholz have, as Glavine mused Tuesday, “butted heads over different issues.” At times, it seemed like Schuerholz and agent Gregg Clifton were on opposite sides of the Russian front. Glavine even was upset about excepts in Schuerholz’s book, “Built to Win,” which revealed specifics about past negotiations.

“It’s a good thing — it’s the right thing,” Glavine said of his possible return.

“It makes sense for me to be here and I think it was the right thing for both parties, myself and the Braves and John, to start having the dialogue about what happened, how did it happen, why did it happen, and let’s get everything out in the open and move past it and see where we go from here. … Over time, mature people look at the situation and try to figure out a way to rebuild the bridge.”

When our David O’Brien wrote about Glavine’s possible return, Wren wasn’t quoted in the story. When I asked Glavine about that Tuesday, he laughed and said, “You know … I don’t want to say anything.”

Has he spoken to Wren yet?

“No. At some point, if I go down this road, we’re going to have to talk.”

One bridge left.

FOR MORE ON TOM GLAVINE’S FUTURE, CLICK HERE FOR CARROLL ROGERS’ STORY.

67 comments Add your comment

kappellmeister

January 19th, 2010
3:02 pm

Jeff – FYI: should be “manner” not “matter” in para 5, and “excerpt” shortly thereafter. Delete this post, cuz I dont care if I am first!

D-Man

January 19th, 2010
3:08 pm

The grammar and spelling issues occur alot on the AJC sports columns…I just wonder if the guys ever go back over their copy after it is written?

OK - I'll start the poll ....

January 19th, 2010
3:14 pm

Lets name your top 3 least favorite, least qualified, least creative, biggest jerk, most obnoxioun…. sports Journalist (or wanabe journalist) or broadcasters.

My picks –

1-2 Shultz Bradly
3 Daryl Johnston “Moose”

Honorable mention – T.”NO”-Moore

Nativebird

January 19th, 2010
3:18 pm

Glavine and Schuerholz: two egotistical jerks that combined to form the most over-rated baseball era in a City ever employed, all the while pulling down millions from a town simply over-joyed that they’re at least not in the basement anymore. Two careers based solely off pure low expectations of a beat up town. and they are STILL milking us.

Atlanta

January 19th, 2010
3:18 pm

We like Glavine!!!!!!

1995 World Series Game 6
Glavine pitched a shut out!
Atlanta Braves 1995 World Champions!!!!

Enough said!

So, where is the...

January 19th, 2010
3:24 pm

… moral indignation as to what Derek Dooley did to LA Tech (Athletics Director AND Head Football Coach) as there was at UT over LK going to USC West! If Shultz was offered a job at the NY Times he would leave in a heartbeat, but he and his cronies were all over Lame Kitten! Can you say situational ethics?

Dozer

January 19th, 2010
3:25 pm

Right on Nativebird, except Glavine could really pitch. He did his part with the Braves – can’t say that for most of the others. My question is this – how would this make the team better? Does this stop them from stockpiling broken-down 3rd basemen? Does this prevent signing a broken-down 3rd baseman to play 1st (with no experience) while letting your proven first baseman walk & sign a 1-year deal for a relative bargain? This franchise is in love with its past……..

What's Important

January 19th, 2010
3:26 pm

What happened was that Tom Glavine could no longer pitch at the major league level. If he had not been given the rehab starts he would have claimed that he was not given a chance to show what he could do. He was given the rehab starts and then said the Braves were wrong in thinking he wasn’t good enough. Perhaps it should have been handled a bit more gently, but I believe Tom Glavine is a grown man and should be able to handle some harsh truths. Now I suppose we must go through all the mea culpas on the part of Wren and anyone else who may have offended Glavine’s fragile ego so everybody can make nice and make sure Glavine goes into the Hall a Brave. Frankly, I’m just a little tired of it.

If Galvine makes the Hall...

January 19th, 2010
3:26 pm

…I hope he takes that and shoves it where the sun don’t shine and that the Braves tell him to go in as a Met!

Herschel Talker

January 19th, 2010
3:32 pm

kappelmeister –

you’re wrong on the grammar

The Coach

January 19th, 2010
3:37 pm

Cuz and dont without an apostrophe. Thanks for the grammar lesson!!!

The Real Brave

January 19th, 2010
3:41 pm

I thought this was a sports blog!

Sonny Clusters

January 19th, 2010
3:43 pm

This has been a tough day blogging . . . first, they put one of us on a list of most hated ballplayers, then, they start talking about building bridges with Tom Glavine. We thought Glavine bought the Brooklyn Bridge when he went to New York. That’s the bridge he should be close to. There are almost no Dairy Queens in New York. Still, the man picked New York over Atlanta. If he’d had his way we’d have seen that circle change going out of the park instead of seeing tommy hanson last year.

JS better learn not to step on his General Manager.

Jive Lady

January 19th, 2010
3:43 pm

He was right about the ‘excerpts’ part, blog reads ‘excepts’ @ 3:41 p.m.

The Coach

January 19th, 2010
3:45 pm

@ What’s Important,

Glavine doesn’t choose which team he represents into the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame chooses that and takes into account the players feelings. Anyone else think it’s a travesty that Winfield went in as a Padre when the first Padre in the HOF should have been Gwynn? That’s why they don’t allow these guys to choose their team and it’s up to the HOF to make the final decision.

The thought of Glavine being back in Atlanta...

January 19th, 2010
3:46 pm

…AGAIN really makes be sick. If it happens I shudder to think how bad it will be!

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

January 19th, 2010
3:46 pm

Glavine deserved better , no loyalty in sports I know but glavine needs to go into the hall as a brave , it would be like Dominique going into the hall as a clipper it wouldn’t be right nothing about it would be right , so give him a job if thats what it takes he was the face of the braves for many many years .

John

January 19th, 2010
3:48 pm

Tommy needs to treat Wren like an opposing batter and not give in.

Furman Bitcher

January 19th, 2010
3:48 pm

Glavine didnt pitch a shutout in 95 series. He just piched to through the 8th.

Sonny Clusters

January 19th, 2010
3:49 pm

We was always good in grammar, too. We was Honor Roll in school and All-State and state championship. Pretty much we was all-around. Jeff writes a lot like us but we think he may not proof read some of his stuff before he hits submit. That is something journalists like Jeff need to do in order not to be caught in bad grammar and misspellings by people like that Himmel guy this morning. We was wondering if he figured out who that was? Some pre-Madonna probably.

Sonny Clusters

January 19th, 2010
3:53 pm

Spelling was always important to us when we was in school. Himmel, Hummel, and Himmler are different things and just a letter or two can change things radically. Nobody we know would want a collection of Himmlers and most people would never fear a Hummel. Hummus is something altogether different. Jeff spells pretty good for somebody that grew up in Los Angeles and his grammar is like, improving.

Puma

January 19th, 2010
3:57 pm

Dear Grammar Nazis:

It’s a blog. Chill out.

Regards

Hillbilly Deluxe

January 19th, 2010
3:59 pm

That’s a right-handed Stratocaster in that picture. Is Glavine a right-handed picker?

Nativebird

January 19th, 2010
4:01 pm

ah yes, Schuerholz, the man that continues to call a division win a “championship”. 14 “championships” he says. Get real. you had 14 shots at a championship and earned 1 (one).

F-105 Thunderchief

January 19th, 2010
4:10 pm

Glavine will wind up being the GM and Wren will wind up kicked to the curb.

Mayor of Ponce

January 19th, 2010
4:12 pm

Im sorry SOUTH GA DAWG FAN, But Glavine deserved better?
Did any of those checks from the Braves over all those years ever bounce?? Nope. And i bet that 1 mill he got for rehabing didnt bounce either.

Tom choose to leave Atlanta (for very little more money/and to our division rival). He was washed up when he came back. He’ll get a standing ovation when #47 goes up at the Ted, but other than that, he deserves nothing more from this organization or it’s fans.

F-105 Thunderchief

January 19th, 2010
4:15 pm

Hey situational ethics man, Dooley is a nice guy and Kiffin is a tool. That’s your big difference right there.

Barnacle Bill Bavasi

January 19th, 2010
4:17 pm

Looks like Glavine’s been able to buy himself a nice house. Good for him.

Bob Horner's Blonde Mullet

January 19th, 2010
4:19 pm

Dear Shultzie: The guys on this blog pride themselves in being a grammatically-sound bunch. Spelling, phrasing, and knowing when to drop a long dash or a semicolon are the kinds of things that separate a Braves blog from a UGA blog.

Chalk this one up as a loss, and let’s regroup tomorrow. Now hit the showers kid!

Spunky

January 19th, 2010
4:19 pm

D-Man “a lot” is two words.

JB

January 19th, 2010
4:21 pm

Not on subject, but is the NFL out of coach’s ? Gailey ? Really ? Must have been turned down by 5 or 6 folks including Glanville. I bet their fans practice this off season by watching paint dry ! LMAO

PMC

January 19th, 2010
4:23 pm

What does it mean for the franchise as far as winning championships?

Good for all of them that they can speak like ridiculously wealthy gentlemen should…. What is this really about? Is Glavine going to evaluate talent or coach?

Reid Adair

January 19th, 2010
4:28 pm

When Tom Glavine and Frank Wren speak for the first time, it should be when Glavine is saying, “Hey, Frank. You left a box of your junk in my office.”

Surely there is some way for Glavine to have Wren’s job.

R HAIRE

January 19th, 2010
4:58 pm

What insanity…I remember the old days when the Braves were focused on winning the Da– World Series.

Pascuel Perez's Tour Guide

January 19th, 2010
4:59 pm

The only thing that should matter is does bringing Tommy into the organization make the Braves better. I don’t know. The past is just that, the past. If he can brighten the future then you do it.

Unions suck

January 19th, 2010
5:24 pm

Glavine on his role in the players union.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOU8GIRUd_g

sheeesh

January 19th, 2010
5:31 pm

Who cares? What possible impact could Glavine have on wins and losses in whatever role he plays? He will be a figure-head with no say in anything that matters in the organization. He is a man with no marketable skills who wants a job. No other organization would hire him and the Braves are making a gratuitous gesture for PR purposes. The funny thing is that half of the Braves’ fan base could not care less about Glavine anymore, so even the PR impact is questionable.

I appreciated his excellence as a player and team leader in the Braves’ glory days. He was well-paid for his work in his playing career. There is not need for the Braves to continue feathering his nest. The fact that there is no clear and distinct job for him to perform says that anything they come up with will be a charitable, goodwill gesture. Personally, I would rather see Liberty Media allocate whatever money they would pay Glavine to current players’ salaries instead if they really want to affect the quality of the Braves product.

JabboRockefeller

January 19th, 2010
5:54 pm

I’m just here for a grammar lesson…

Everybody talking sports, STFU~!

Braves34

January 19th, 2010
6:06 pm

Enter your comments here

Braves34

January 19th, 2010
6:07 pm

I know if this is off subject.. But i think we should PICKET to get Dale Murphy in the HALL.. If Jim Rice can get in.. Well that is enough said.

Jeff Schultz

January 19th, 2010
6:10 pm

What’s important — If Glavine was told either before he came to spring training or when he suffered his injury setback that he was not being guaranteed a roster spot, this wouldn’t be an issue. That’s the crux of what went wrong.

Jeff Schultz

January 19th, 2010
6:13 pm

Sonny — Thank you for the grammur love. Or is that grand-mar?

Jeff Schultz

January 19th, 2010
6:13 pm

Puma — Thank you. I loves me some perspective.

Jeff Schultz

January 19th, 2010
6:15 pm

F-105 — I suspect that if Glavine ever rose to the ranks of GM, Schuerholz and Wren will be long gone by then.

Jeff Schultz

January 19th, 2010
6:16 pm

Bob Horner’s Blonde Mullet — But . . . but . . . I didn’t get any at-bats!

Jeff Schultz

January 19th, 2010
6:16 pm

Reid — Pretty funny.

Jeff Schultz

January 19th, 2010
6:17 pm

Braves 34 — Jim Rice is worthy. But I second your emotion.

.

January 19th, 2010
6:43 pm

Have no use for Glavine. The Braves owe him nothing, he made 140 million what the hell else does he need. Wren comes 1st in ranking order. Screw Glavine.

T-MAN

January 19th, 2010
6:45 pm

Tom Glavine deserves all of our thanks,there’s no total loyalty in pro sports…a home town discount maybe?Glavine had great career here and I for for one thank him and hope he goes in as a Brave(By the way Nativebird you’re a bitter a$$hole)

David Granger

January 19th, 2010
7:06 pm

Glavine had an outstanding career here, and for that I respect him.
When he still had a lot of ability left, he turned down an enormous salary to pitch here because a competing team offered him one a little larger…which he was perfectly entitled to do, and no one can blame him for that.
But now that he’s at the end of his career and doesn’t have much left, we can’t use him and shouldn’t sign him. He doesn’t deserve any special consideration, and I’d rather see that roster spot go to some kid who’ll bust his ass for the team.