Stay out of the way, folks, and let Glavine be Glavine

If we weren’t talking about Tom Glavine, it wouldn’t be worth it. 

He’s ancient. He’s hurting. Mostly, he’s not Tommy Hanson, the Braves’ 22-year-old pitching sensation who could bring his roaring fastballs in a flash from the Class AAA likes of Gwinnett Stadium to the big time at Turner Field.

So, if we weren’t talking about Tom Glavine, it’s like this: Out with the old, in with the new — like now.

It’s also like this: When you’re the Braves, and you’ve missed the playoffs for the past three seasons, sentimentality deserves a firm handshake along the way to the door and your version of a gold watch. That’s especially true if sentimentality has a strained 43-year-old rotator cuff after missing much of last season with a damaged elbow that needed surgery.

We are talking about Tom Glavine, though. As a result, those in charge of such things with the Braves should wait slightly longer than forever before saying so long to their future Hall of Fame pitcher and his increasingly creaky body.

Glavine deserves nothing less. In fact, he has spent more than two decades in the major leagues — mostly with the Braves — earning the right to leave the playing field whenever he chooses.

Under such a scenario, neither Braves officials nor the choppers and the chanters would fret. Glavine would choose the right thing. He is a splendid combination of wisdom and pride. For instance: After he discovered recently that this latest shoulder issues will require two weeks rest before the need of another evaluation, Glavine said, “Right now, for me, the glass is probably half-empty, simply because I’m frustrated and tired with this whole rehab thing. But at the same time, being as close as I am — or was — I’m not willing to just say, ‘OK, that’s it.’ I’m willing to put in a little bit more time.”

Sounds reasonable. We are talking about Tom Glavine, the guy who remained the classy face of the Braves from their wretched days in the1980s through their wonderful days in the 1990s.

He’s the guy who threw that shutout for eight innings to help secure the only world championship for an Atlanta professional sports franchise.

He’s the guy who stood up the most to the Evil Owners during the Mother of All Baseball Strikes in 1994.

He’s the guy who always has been involved in a slew of charities and operated as the perfect representative for baseball in general and Braves baseball in particular.

He’s the guy who should be allowed to exit the home clubhouse at Turner Field as a player without being shoved.

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April 15th, 2009
9:01 pm

what does it mean when your post is labeled “Waiting for moderation”


April 15th, 2009
7:47 pm



April 15th, 2009
7:47 pm

Agree with this sentiment, Mr. Moore. I will send you $100 if you don’t use “choppers and chanters” again in a column before Dec. 21, 2012 when the world ends. Talk about over used and worn out parts! Thank you, sir.

Keeping It Real

April 15th, 2009
7:23 pm

Trade Glavine for a guy who can beat out a bunt fielded by a third baseman positioned at shortstop in a shift. McCann gets thrown out on a play where there should have been no play.LOL. The Marlins keep winning with a strong farm system. The Braves should do the same and forget about the 1990s. What is so hard about letting a guy go who has made millions just to satisfy his pride. You are way off base with this one TM.

who cares

April 15th, 2009
6:59 pm

Memo to Glavine:Don’t let the door hit you in the ass twice on the way out. Sorry, the guy left the braves for their division rival when the braves still had a chance to win big. This guy is all about Tom Glavine, and not the Braves. He knew that the dumbass Cox would be the only manager to take him back at his age and coming off of surgery. Time to let the phenom pitch in the ATL, and time for Glavine to join the other trader Smoltz on the golf course. They are both done, and glad the braves didn’t try to match Boston for another 40+ pitcher that thinks he is God’s gift to baseball. Forget that neither one of these ego maniacs cared about the Braves when times and budgets got tight. They both are multi millionares because of the braves, and the braves don’t owe either one of the self centered over the hill gang a penny. Glad to see both of them gone, only wish they could take cry baby Chipper with them. Now we are stuck with this injury prone baby for several more years. If the braves and cox had any sense, they would have traded this overrated baby for another pitcher for the pathetic bullpen, and moved on. Would much rather have a player like Tommy Hanson that this cry baby. This clown can’t even tie his shoe without being out of the lineup. HOw can anyone call this guy a leader. Leaders lead by example, he sets a very good example for all the younger players on the roster. Sit on your lazy ass everytime you break a sweat. Good ole Bobby Cox, is the perfect manager for this baby. That is Chipper’s problem, Cox has babied the jerk all these years, and now Cox has the type of player he loves. Bring on Hanson, and go BRAVES!!


April 15th, 2009
6:32 pm

Tom Glavine owns two castles in Alpharetta. He has been fairly compensated and deserves nothing more for throwing baseballs for a living. Throwing baseballs shouldn’t make you more privileged than any other worker in America.

Kenneth Simpson

April 15th, 2009
6:30 pm

Glavine should retire and create a spot for Hanson before the Braves decide to give him to another team like they are customed to doing. Chipper should go with him too. He can’t go to the bathroom without hurting something. The writers are calling the giveaway to all the farm for Tex the trade of the century. Has anyone noticed the Texas lineup lately and the farm system? The braves management are stupid to give away all that talent for nothing and I mean nothing. Look at Texas and look at what the braves got. I bet the Texas management is looking at the farm now knowing they can get anyone they want by offering one player who will be a free agent next year. I don’t Heyward or Freeman will ever play in Atlanta if Wren can find any team that wants them.

big dawg

April 15th, 2009
5:50 pm

terence likes him cause he’s been available..that says it all, he has helped TM come up with stories and articles..and that is what pays mr moore’s bill’s people. all writer’s like the guys who make their jobs easier. pure and simple..if wasn’t available, do you think TM would be singing his praises.the answer is NO..

i’ve dealt with tommy on several things in the past, and trust me, he’s very self centered..he wouldn’t sit down and have a beer with just avery or rocker would.

with all that said, he will be in the HALL, and his number should and will be retired here. and he deserves it. but the age thing speaks for itself. don’t be surprised to hear the same thing in a couple of months abut smoltzie.


Rip D.

April 15th, 2009
5:39 pm

I was thinking Trenece had done cashed his buyout check from the ajc and was out of town now ,guess we all can dream can’t we ?


April 15th, 2009
5:30 pm

If Tommy has to retire, he should retire as a Brave. Many Brave’s greats of the past had to retire in another uniform. Henry (The Hammer) Aaron was the most notable. Perhaps some of the Braves’s fans out there can come up with a list to honor at a Braves game. Honor, as in sign them up for one night and retire them after that. But, to Mr. Tom Glavine, a night of his own would be fine!