Glaus deserves credit for way he reacts to Braves’ trade

When the Braves decided to deal for Derrek Lee . . .

When the Braves decided to deal for Derrek Lee . . .

(Updated: 8:50 p.m.)

As someone who has taken his share of shots at Troy Glauslike here and also here and maybe here — it’s only fair that I give credit to the Braves’  outgoing first baseman for something when it’s warranted.

When the Braves acquired Derrek Lee from the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, it would have been very easy for Glaus to throw a fit about the trade.

He could have told the Braves, “Just release me,” and they probably would have obliged. He could have publicly complained about going on the disabled and certainly about being sent to the minor leagues. Because folks, there’s a decent chance that Glaus, the Braves’ most important player over a six-week period in May and June, very well may have had his final significant at-bat in Atlanta.

But Glaus didn’t do that. He didn’t squawk. He acknowledged (in actions, if not words) that his knees are a major issue right now and agreed to go on the DL. For a guy who has made close to $80 million in his career and presumably doesn’t need the money, he’s also clearly determined to prove to doubters — maybe less to the Braves than all the other teams, as he looks ahead to this winter — that he is not finished and can still play third base (his preferred position).

A sampling of Glaus’s comments:

♦ “I’ll go down [to Gwinnett], play third and hopefully come back here and do that for this team.”

♦ “Obviously I don’t want to go on the DL, but at this time if we can get a little healthier, coming back in September [we can] make a good run at the end.”

♦  “I obviously don’t harbor any ill will. It’s something that made our team better. Hopefully I can come back in 15 days and be the third baseman and make us even better than that.”

The plan, as outlined by general manager Frank Wren, is for Glaus to rest for a week and then try to play some games at third for the G-Braves. Wren indicated then Glaus could be recalled when rosters expand Sept. 1.

But understand something: This ensures nothing for Glaus, as it pertains to this Braves’ season. He might get some at-bats off the bench and he conceivably could get a spot start. But playing time is not guaranteed, particularly during a pennant stretch, and there certainly are no assurances that he would be on the postseason roster if the Braves make the playoffs.

Glaus could have asked out and he chose not to. For that, he showed a lot more class and professionalism than many — if not most — in his position would.

Finally, credit to Wren for the way he handled this delicate matter. When he spoke of the Lee trade before Wednesday’s game, he made a point to first say that the deal would not have been possible without Glaus because it was he who helped put the Braves in this position for a trade in a pennant stretch. It was as nice a way as possible for a general manager to soften the blow.

Lee doesn’t come with any assurances, either. It’s never a good sign when somebody requires an epidural for a bulging disc in his back, even if that same player had just hit four home runs over three days. But it’s an inexpensive gamble by Wren — three low-level minor league prospects and some salary — and one that could wind up paying huge dividends.

Kudos all around.

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me

August 18th, 2010
8:28 pm

Whitney Houston

August 18th, 2010
8:28 pm

oh hell, yeah! First, Bobby.

jimmymack

August 18th, 2010
8:33 pm

he is not adam dunn,but we didn’t give away the farm.i hope we can get some 3b out of glaus down the stretch

me

August 18th, 2010
8:34 pm

crack is whack whitney!

OldSchool

August 18th, 2010
8:34 pm

Finally, someone speaks up and acknowledges Glaus’s contribution to this team. If not for his hot May-June, would we even be in this position for the whiners to whine? He looks worse trying to walk than Bobby Cox, and he’s had double knee replacement, but yet continued to play at “his 100%, and as far as any of us know, with no complaint or excuses.

I say a simple “Thanks Troy” is in order. Just call me OldSchool……

observor

August 18th, 2010
8:39 pm

“the Braves’ best important player over a six-week period in May and June”

Best important Schultz??? What type of grammar/sentence structure is that? We’re you trying to decide between most important and best player and just decided to go with both or what?

observor

August 18th, 2010
8:40 pm

Doh!

Should say were……That’s what I get for busting on Schultz.

Tucker T

August 18th, 2010
9:00 pm

I agree Jeff. Glaus took it like a man but he also knows that the Braves have a good shot at the playoffs and wants a chance to play in the post season. He will have to comeback and play well if he wants a spot on the post season roster. If the Braves were out of it I think he would have elected to leave the team.

Go Braves!

August 18th, 2010
9:05 pm

Agree with old school. He may have been performin lately…but if not for Troy, we would not even be in this race. From a life long Braves fan, THANK YOU TROY! I hope you come back and make a some contributions the rest of the season. If not, thanks for what you have done. Class act also!

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Asheville Dawg

August 18th, 2010
9:09 pm

Good trade for Frank Wren. Hope Lee has a good six week ride with the Braves, and hopefully the playoffs. Glad we didn’t give up the prospects like the Texeria trade.

Also, Glaus showed he was class guy,with his handling of this situation.

Buzz29

August 18th, 2010
9:11 pm

Maybe Heyward could catch a ride with Troy. Hell, I can strike out 3 times a game with the occasional fly out to the warning track.

Boss

August 18th, 2010
9:18 pm

Its all business. Some understand it others don’t. Glaus is first class!
The ump sucks………

FJ10

August 18th, 2010
9:18 pm

Troy knows that if you’re on Bobby’s team you are going to play. Might not be everyday but you are going to play.

WEB Dubois

August 18th, 2010
9:22 pm

Why is Glaus lauded for being classy? Is it because he conceded his spot as an everyday player to a better player? Or is it becasue he did so for a better BLACK player? Would this article even have the same spin unless a big black guy from Chicago were taking Glossy’s spot? Glaus has been solid for us this year, no doubt, but please don’t credit him for doing what any major leaguer is expected to do.

I am an avid Braves fan, and I don’t mean to stir the pot or mess up the good vibes Braves Nation has goin on right now. My rhetoric is strictly for journalistic purposes. Schultzy this article has some insinuations which depict Glaus as a hero for being an average first baseman who was bumped for a better player.

He could have asked out? Why would he? The Braves are leading an exciting pennant race for the first time in five years! Atlanta is buzzing, and Bobby is soon to be gone. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of this? Please spare ME of your heroic portrayal of Glaus.

Tommy

August 18th, 2010
9:27 pm

Good lord WEB, looking for something that ain’t there are we?

guy

August 18th, 2010
9:28 pm

What in the world is wrong with Whitney Houston? Potty mouth syndrome?

Hit A Single

August 18th, 2010
9:28 pm

WEB Dubois – Why do you want to bring race into it? Glaus is a class act and so is Lee. If Glaus was healthy, you probably wouldn’t have needed the trade. I am glad we have Derek Lee and I think Glaus can come back and maybe PH or play alittle third. The bottom line is the Braves have as deep a bench as they have ever had in Atlanta.

Coach (2011 or Bust)

August 18th, 2010
9:29 pm

In retrospect the Braves should have just stayed with Adam LaRoche ( 20 Hr’s and 75 RBI). But I’m not complaining as it appears that the Cubs all but gave Derrek Lee to our Braves. The three minor league pitchers are of little consequence when considering the great pitching prospects we have in Julio Teheran, Arodys Vizcaino, Randall Delgado and Craig Kimbrel. Atlanta just called up Mike Minor or he would be on the same list.

As it is the Braves just became serious post season contenders as Derrek Lee is going to be a big right handed bat in the middle of the Braves order. Frank Wren, well done.

Matt the Brave

August 18th, 2010
9:34 pm

Honestly, I didn’t expect less out of Glaus. He’s a classy guy, and I’d love to see him back next year even if it’s backing up 1B/3B. Don’t know if he’d accept that, but we’ll see.

Reid Adair

August 18th, 2010
9:44 pm

Troy Glaus’ numbers give him no room to complain about this trade. He should thank Frank Wren in person each day for giving him a contract.

MP

August 18th, 2010
9:55 pm

he’s a professional and realizes more than anyone else he looks clueless at the plate. sure he’s played hurt. wouldn’t you if you knew every 50 more times you come to the plate you’re gonna pocket $300k? i don’t wanna sound critical, but with such an incentive-laden contract based on at-bats troy would have had the batboys roll him out there in an ironlung to “dig in” without a complaint–and, no way i can blame him.

good luck to him in gwinnett but his knees are shot this season. he looks as if he’s on stilts out there. i can’t begin to imagine how he’s gonna have the mobility to contribute at third base when he returns to ATL. i’d rather see him focus on getting his eye back on the ball so he can contribute as a pinch hitter. that’s where we need him to be clutch!

Darryl Blackberry

August 18th, 2010
10:07 pm

Troy’s been nothing but a class act since coming to Atlanta.

swgadawg

August 18th, 2010
10:07 pm

Here’s hoping Glaus goes to Gwinnett….gets well…and comes back gangbusters. Without him this season is long gone.

thunderbull56

August 18th, 2010
10:12 pm

Class act, Glaus, not you. Lee whoa. He of the trade nixes.How many dozen future Cub superstars did we sacrifice ? Please, please tell me it’s not like the Tex trade.

louisville slugger

August 18th, 2010
10:12 pm

Agreed, Jeff, TG has handled this very well. I was hoping they would DL him in any event, it was painfully obvious his knees were killing him. And kudos to Wren, this was the best move he could have made under the circumstances (post-non-waiver deadline).

ernisTbass

August 18th, 2010
10:13 pm

T-roy Thanks for the memories, rest your knees and sign an incentive laden contract with an AL team to DH, Best of luck to you

WEB Dubois

August 18th, 2010
10:14 pm

Hello. I am a typical angry black man. I hate the white man. I hate America. I love Obama the socialist since he’s going to take care of me and my people.

hmmmmm............

August 18th, 2010
10:14 pm

Hey troy hit the juice again

Jimmy

August 18th, 2010
10:14 pm

I think Glaus could play some important innings for the Braves in September.
Mr. Lee’s back could make this trade a bust.
Glaus showed great professionalism and I appreciate his attitude.

Jimmy

August 18th, 2010
10:16 pm

Glaus could have acted like Francouer (sp?)

thunderbull56

August 18th, 2010
10:16 pm

Quick, someone tally former Cubs in playoff potential teams.

hawesg

August 18th, 2010
10:17 pm

Glaus is a big reason why the Braves are in first, but he also has to realize he hasn’t contributed much in the last month and a half. Better than anyone else, he has to know what his aged legs can contribute.

A little paid vacation and a chance to possible beat out Omar Infante for a roster spot is more than most people can ask for.

robdawg08

August 18th, 2010
10:18 pm

Getting Derrek Lee is huge ! Maybe he will stay 3 or 4 years. Maybe Glaus can come back and play 3B rest of yeear and start hitting ? We all hope so. Thanks Frank Wren for trying to win !

bruce

August 18th, 2010
10:21 pm

very impressive. classy. really hope the rest helps his knee(s) and that he can get his hitting stroke back… need all the punch we can get, and hopefully with rest his timing at the plate will return and he can play like he did in May…. if he does, then it makes you wonder if a bit more rest during the season could have made a difference for him.

Right On Time

August 18th, 2010
10:27 pm

Observations:

Good trade.

Troy is handling a tough situation with class.

Love the well timed comment by Buzz @ an hour before our phenom gets a game winning hit. geek.

Web is an idiot or a tool…or both.

WEB Dubois Hater

August 18th, 2010
10:28 pm

You’re way out of line.

StratMan

August 18th, 2010
10:32 pm

It might be a bit much to hope, but it would fit well into the story of this season if the guy that carried them for 6 weeks managed to work his way back into the lineup by playoff time at another position. Even if its just the back-up 3-bagger and a pinch hitter, it would fit with the season. Simialrities to 91 are starting to stack up.

WEB ?Douche

August 18th, 2010
10:33 pm

Out of line or right on it?

TampaBrave

August 18th, 2010
10:35 pm

Jeff,
You are forgetting one thing. Glaus is a lifetime .254 hitter in the regular season, but has a .338 postseason avg with 9 HRs and 16 RBIs. The Braves would be foolish to write him off. More likely, you are the fool for acting like a petulant fantasy geek most of the time.

Ashley

August 18th, 2010
10:35 pm

Jeff, I admire you and you seem like a great guy. Professionally, though, you play both sides of the fence too much. Earlier, you wrote a column “If the Braves get Lee, should they drop kick Glaus?”
Just by the headline alone, you obviously weren’t thinking that highly of Glaus (”drop kick?”). It’s only when Glaus acted the way he did re: Lee trade, that you elevated him to St. Troy status.

All I’m saying is: you can write so much better Jeff. Thanks for letting me have my say.

MitchC

August 18th, 2010
10:37 pm

Good move. The way Glaus was swinging. We had to do something.

Jeff, is this team unreal or not? Now if we could only get the Phiilies off our backs. Philly is healthy now, which is scary.

A little voice inside of me says that the way this team is playing, we will finally slay the Yankees this October. Obviously winning it all against anyone is the goal, but it would be especially sweet if we could do it against the Yankees, to get revenge for 1996.

Just me

August 18th, 2010
10:43 pm

I couldn’t agree more that Troy Glaus deserves a lot of credit. I have been saying for a month that he is a much better player than we have seen in that time. This man simply carried us in May and most of June and was the NL player of the month. He didn’t suddenly forget how to play. As I have said all along, he needs rest and may be able to come back as a force when we need him the most.

Let’s quit bashing Troy. It was obvious by his comments in May that he was the one most upset about his performance in April and I am sure he feels the same now. Except now he realizes he needs to rest and heal. He has been a great teammate and is a class guy.

Go Braves!

Gene

August 18th, 2010
10:44 pm

Glaus had a lot to do with the Braves being where they are. He has been a big hole in the lineup lately, and I am sure that he knows it. Lee is a great plus, but Freeman also deserves a shot. Glaus has had a good career, and I hope that he gets a WS ring with the Braves.

Dawg Whisperer

August 18th, 2010
10:45 pm

Agreed. Seems to be a good move with little downside. Wren deserves credit for his many moves this past year and Glaus has been a part of the Braves success. I hope he can return in Sept. and enjoy the benefits of a playoff run.

smothers

August 18th, 2010
10:49 pm

Glaus=Team Player

JASon

August 18th, 2010
10:53 pm

You’re giving someone credit for not complaining, when he has nothing to complain about.

Sam Fossela

August 18th, 2010
10:58 pm

I don’t get the “classy” thing either. Dude was essentially fired, but we expect people to have self control which is not class. I would imagine it is even easier to have “class” if you’ve made millions and never have to work another day in your life. When Escobar was traded, there weren’t any reports of a tirade or any such thing, he could’ve popped off about the organization but hasn’t done it. Could it be even a “head case” can show some class after being sent packing? Why no article about Escobar’s “class” in accepting his getting the boot?

danlee

August 18th, 2010
11:00 pm

All too often we seem to forget that those players are people with feelings. Glaus is a class act, and a big part of the Braves team this year. I’m not sure if he’ll ever play third base, but I really hope he can come in and take some ABs going down the stretch

LuisG

August 18th, 2010
11:02 pm

Kudos to Klaus. I hope he comes back at full strength to help the team and prove he’s far from done.