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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Reality Time

April 15th, 2009
3:09 pm

I must have missed something. I haven’t heard anyone that matters (Braves front office) saying anything about “shoving” Glavine out the door. He said he wanted to take a couple more weeks, see what happens, and then make a decision. No one has said he can’t do that. Why must you always stir up problems when none exist. Glavine will get a $1 million dollar golden handshake if he can’t pitch. If Smoltz had hung around he would have gotten $2 million. Glavine is a realist, Smoltz isn’t. If it’s time Glavine will know it and he will go, on his own terms.


April 15th, 2009
3:04 pm

As always Terence Moore is an idiot!


April 15th, 2009
2:55 pm

Terrence, the thing with Glavine is, that even if somehow he’d be able to be healthy, he still soucks. His control isn’t the same as it was, and his drop in velocity is not good. He is pitching slowr than Jamie Moyer.

Tommy Hanson in the other hand, can throw 95, strike out 10 per game, and be a #1 as a number 5.


April 15th, 2009
2:54 pm

oh, BTW, Good Luck Tom Glavine/Hanson


April 15th, 2009
2:53 pm

Who cares what Glavine did in the past. The past is history. What we should consider is that he is FORTY-THREE years old and the fact that FORTY-THREE year old shoulders and elbows don’t heal easily anymore. I’d give him another week or so before making any final decisions, but I’m afraid the fact is he might be done and we have to do what’s best for this team. What’s right seems to be Hanson.

All Seeing Eye

April 15th, 2009
2:52 pm

Good RIDDANCE, Mr. Moore! You’re nothing but a Bobby Cox groupie.


April 15th, 2009
2:51 pm

Not sure if you were even insinuating it, but who is pushing him to the door?

I haven’t heard anything about “get Tommy out of here and bring up Hanson” from the Braves brass, save for your false dichotomy, red herring of an intro to this bit. Glav will be on the roster if he can pitch…if not, it’s pretty clear he’s going to hang it up. Don’t think anyone in the front office is going to be pushing him out.

And the tease on the AJC page is really misleading and unfair to both Tommys. Fans are talking about Hanson, but that doesn’t mean the Bravos are about to swap them out while Glav waits on his shoulder.


April 15th, 2009
2:47 pm

Glavine- you are and always have been and are a class act. Here’s hoping for another year and if not, thanks for the great memories. Great article Terence!

Terence Moore

April 15th, 2009
2:43 pm

Here’s something else about Tom Glavine: I’ve covered a lot of baseball players during the last three decades, and he ranks inside my favorite Top 10. He always has been available and insightful — win or lose. Not only that, no athlete I’ve ever encountered has been more professional than Glavine.

He can pitch, too . .. when he’s healthy, of course.

Tom is one of those guys you pull for. And when his playing career is over with the Braves, he’ll likely have another career with the franchise in whatever capacity he wants.


April 15th, 2009
2:38 pm

Why should we let Glavine go out on his own terms if we couldn’t give Smoltz the same satisfaction?Honestly they both need to retire and not take the chance of embarassment. Follow Greg Maddox and leave now.I wish all three could pitch but time has worn down their skills. GO BRAVES!!