Three years ago, Tommy Hanson was viewed as a precious commodity. The Braves would tell other teams, “Don’t even bother asking about him.” When the San Diego Padres asked about him anyway, as the key to a potential Jake Peavy trade, the Braves laughed. Not Tommy, he’s our guy.
On June 3, 2009, Braves general manager Frank Wren unceremoniously cut Tom Glavine, a future Hall of Famer who was expecting a call-up following a rehabilitation assignment. Why? Because they needed the spot in the pitching rotation for Hanson, who was called up on the same day. The younger Tommy now was their guy.
He was the Braves’ future. He was young and personable, a towering power pitcher who would be a staple of the team’s pitching staff for years.
Now Hanson is gone. Funny how quickly an athlete can go from being untouchable to, “Please, just take him.”
The Braves traded Hanson to the Los