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.

106 comments Add your comment

Traver

April 15th, 2009
11:42 am

Amen Terence. Amen!

2009 THE YEAR

April 15th, 2009
11:43 am

“We are talking about Tom Glavine, though” Yes we are talking Glavine, the same one who left the braves for the Mets by his own hand. The same Glavine who said he left before the braves did a tail spin. Yes that Glavine? Its time to move on with another Tommy whos last name is Hanson. Its way past time. Let the youth movement begin now.

Derek Lowe Down

April 15th, 2009
11:47 am

You forgot to mention we should also bring back Dave Justice, Deion Sanders, and try to get Ken Griffey Jr.

Oh Smoltzie where art thou???

April 15th, 2009
11:48 am

The Braves have already shoved one legend out the door. They were smart enough to resign Chipper. Let Glavine exit baseball with the class and dignity he deserves. If it is his time…he will be the first to say it.

gdg73

April 15th, 2009
11:49 am

He should have never been signed. He should do the right thing and retire. No sympathy here.

Sam

April 15th, 2009
11:50 am

This is a man who went on television and said the Mark Fox hiring at UGA was a bad hire and proceeded to giggle and have no reasoning behind his argument. Then after two minutes, just said REHIRE TUBBY.

Terence, I’m coming for your job.

Mort Merkel

April 15th, 2009
11:53 am

Smoltz was full of crap. He took the contender’s offer. Glavine was with the Braves when they didn’t have a prayer at a winning season and has been a good player for a lot of years for them. They’ve been my team since I first started following MLB in 1976. Let him see if he can go. If he can’t he will retire and if he does, I hope he stays in the organization in some role.

The Great One

April 15th, 2009
11:54 am

Glavine we want to thank you for all those years, but we need Hanson now!!!

Alpha Dog

April 15th, 2009
11:54 am

Let Glavine be Gone

Mort Merkel

April 15th, 2009
11:55 am

I love Smoltz, but he started pushing for a contract too early and when Boston bit, he took his ball and went to New England. Best wishes two him if he gets to pitch in a couple of months. Hope he comes back to the organization in some role when he hangs it up, too.

Good Riddance

April 15th, 2009
11:57 am

Glad to hear you took a buyout Terence. Adios.

steve

April 15th, 2009
11:59 am

TROTTINGHOME, How exactly can you comment on the content of this column when you have not read one of Terrence’s articles since September of 2008?

I agree that Glavine has earned the right to bow out on his own terms. He has always been a class act (even when I disagreed with him). From the news reports, the end may be near. If it is, thanks Tom Glavine for what you have meant to this city and the Braves organization. It has been a joy to watch you pitch over all of these years.

dap01

April 15th, 2009
11:59 am

Good article, I agree.

Fulton

April 15th, 2009
12:00 pm

Wow! It seems Mr. Moore my actually get some ATL love today! But sadly, in typical ig’nance, Braves fans that STILL whine about Glavine going to the Mets are so blinded by their silly NY envy, they’ve lost sight of the fact that Ol’ Tommy is directly responsible for bringing this town the ONLY championship it’s EVER won. Mr. Glavine deserves THAT respect, so ya’ll needs ta grow up & GET OVER IT, ya hear me??!!!

Knuckle Sandwich

April 15th, 2009
12:00 pm

I heard on 680 the fan that you accepted the AJC buyout. I guess that was an unsubstantiated report. What a shame. That would have really freed you up to spend more time with your little boy toy, Jim Rome.

35YrBravesFan

April 15th, 2009
12:01 pm

Geez, I actually agree with you.

RAMBLE ON!!!

April 15th, 2009
12:02 pm

Screw Glavine, he’s the reason ticket prices are so high thanks to his union. He’s the reason why the season was cancelled.

He stabed us in the back for more money.

Can Obama tax his income 90%, seems fair.

Nope, Oh I forgot, he’s a liberl left like our Jayson Blair writer of the AJC.

Bravedawg

April 15th, 2009
12:02 pm

Terrence,

You’re creating an argument where there isn’t one. There has been no indication from the Braves’ front office that they are looking to force Glavine into retirement, or cut him, or send him to the minors, or anything else.

If this was a preemptive plea, then whatever…I just don’t see the point.

Fulton

April 15th, 2009
12:05 pm

No matter what Mr. Moore writes, says or does, ‘you people’ will always find fault…

LoyalBRAVE

April 15th, 2009
12:12 pm

Glavine said it wasn’t fair for him to go through another season like last year. He knows what he’s doing. No shove is needed. Tommy knows when it’s time. Also, I’m excited for Hanson just like all Braves fans but do we really need 5 right handed starters in our rotation? Let’s see if Jo-Jo can finally pitch in the bigs consistently. If not, I will take our 5 righty any day!

rickman5

April 15th, 2009
12:12 pm

While we’re on the topic of moving old people out, can we get that goat Garrett Anderson out of left field too?

Sonny

April 15th, 2009
12:12 pm

terrance,

i was hopeing the rumors about you leaving the ajc were true. i was saddened to see you writing this article.if the rumors were true then don’t let the door his ya in da you know what !

ryan johns

April 15th, 2009
12:25 pm

Tommy is throwing 83 mph fastballs that will get crushed. He needs to hang it up and the Braves need to ease Hanson into that 5th spot. The youth movement is now!

Ron E.

April 15th, 2009
12:27 pm

The Braves already gave Glavine all the special treatment he ever deserved by even offering him a contract at his age and after he flopped badly last year. If he can regain his health and pitch effectively in a number of minor league rehab starts, then they can consider letting him pitch in Atlanta again. One game may mean the difference between making the playoffs or not in this tough division, so the Braves really can’t afford to give Glavine any undeserved starts in the bigs this year out of sentimentality. Prove you’re up to it or go home, Tommy.

Skip & Pete Fan

April 15th, 2009
12:28 pm

I agree wholeheartedly Terence, but did you mean to praise Glavine or insult him (increasingly creaky body)?

LivinginAL

April 15th, 2009
12:31 pm

Bunch of people in America have been shown the door after many years of work recently. Why are bseball players “owed” so much more than the millions already paid?

Willie H

April 15th, 2009
12:31 pm

If Glavine retires from the braves he can devote his full attention to being a Gene Chizik look alike.

Murph

April 15th, 2009
12:37 pm

Glavine was a great Brave. His legacy with Atlanta is complete. There’s nothing else to prove. It’s unfortunate that he couldn’t spend his entire career with the Braves and have his swan-song, farewell tour, but he chose to leave for more money. That’s not the club’s problem, and they shouldn’t feel obligated to try and give it to him now.

The Braves should feel obligated to the fans to put the best team on the field each and every single day. Anyone who says Glavine is the best option the Braves have as a fifth starter is kidding themselves. Be it Hanson or Reyes, there are pitchers who will give the Braves a better chance at winning than Tommy Glavine. Again, great player, love what he did for the team all those years, but his time is over.

Tracey

April 15th, 2009
12:38 pm

Thank you Mr. Moore for an excellent column. Glavine has always been a class act, even when I didn’t necessarily agree with him. He may have spent those handful of years with the Mets, but he was always be a Brave and after all that he has given this franchise, he deserves the chance to end his career on his terms. He’s a competitor and wants to be able to contribute to the team. If he can’t do that, then he’ll hang it up, I have no doubt.

Mort Merkel

April 15th, 2009
12:40 pm

Folks, the AJC buyout isn’t instantaneous. Other buyout folks have bylines in today’s paper too. Give it a couple of weeks and he’ll be gone … unless they offer him the opportunity to write on a freelance basis, which they did with Bisher and Barnhart.

Tracey

April 15th, 2009
12:41 pm

Also would like to add, none of us know what Glavine might be able to contribute if he is able to return. He was hurt last year, so you can’t assume he would get the same results this year. He if gets healthy, give him the chance and see what he can do. If he can’t get people out, then move on to someone else, but don’t assume he can’t pitch when he hasn’t pitched in a regular game since last summer.

Beau L. Chevik

April 15th, 2009
12:42 pm

Excuse me, Chizik is a Glavine lookalike.

Dadgum

April 15th, 2009
12:43 pm

Terence….the Braves just gave dear old Tom a million bucks and an invite to spring training. That was plenty of love dude. He deserves no final start handshake. You also conveniently forgot to mention it would cost the Braves a million more bucks of love to have him start a game. Glavine has had a great career and I thank him for that but the Braves absolutely owe him nothing more.

Rock on……

Fischerking04

April 15th, 2009
12:43 pm

Thanks Terence. I have to say that when you stop putting the best players on the field you stop being successful.

Tom Glavine isn’t the second or even thrid best option for the #5 spot. Hanson and JoJo Reyes are both in position to be more successful this year that Glav.

I love the guy but when you start playing for nostalgia, teams like the Marlins put in the young studs that will beat you on a nightly basis.

TROTTINGHOME

April 15th, 2009
12:45 pm

Good eye Steve. I only read the headline. Is there a quote in this article that Terence himself got within the last 2 days to give the reader a new insight to what everyone knew 4 days ago (that Glavine is hurt and it don’t look good)

ABsolutly not one fresh idea. So that menas Terence is either spectulating or cutting and pasteing (I bet on the latter).

And we know where spectulating has got us.

Glavine is an old ball player that is ready to retire. There’s nothing I can do to change that, so Glavine will be Glavine regardless.

law dawg

April 15th, 2009
12:46 pm

I’m not sure of the effective date of your departure from the AJC. However, if a lttle more money might hasten your departure, i might be willing to organize a fundraiser.

TROTTINGHOME

April 15th, 2009
12:48 pm

FULTON, your right It don’t matter cause Terence can’t.

steve

April 15th, 2009
12:56 pm

TROTTINGHOME,
I still don’t see how you can make comments about an article you have not read.

And as far as I know, Terrance (like Mark Bradley and others) is a paid columnist. That means he is paid to write HIS opinions. I don’t understand bashing someone because they hold different opinions than you do. I especially do not understand bashing someone when we are talking about sports. Sports are a great diversion in life but it is nothing to get worked up over. We are talking about a game.

Braves#1

April 15th, 2009
1:01 pm

Waiting ???????? Means that the team waits for a number 5 starter. Means that HO JO pitches because they wont start the arbitration clock on Hanson until they know, means that games are being lost and for what? A pitcher who left us once for more money then came running back hurt and in need of repair. Thats not a good excuse. The past is over and so is Glavine, Maddux and Smoltz. Call up Hanson and lets get moving on another 14 year run. This time with a couple of rings at the end.

Aaron

April 15th, 2009
1:02 pm

I have a question. Why is there so much talk AGAIN about there not being enough “blacks” in baseball? Why does it even matter? Who’s fault is it that there are not enough blacks to choose from? Do these people think that GM’s look at a guy and say “I am not signing him because he is black!” So stupid! It is a white sport so they need to deal with it. Why is there not an uproar over the NBA not having enough “white” players?

Soccer Fan

April 15th, 2009
1:03 pm

“the only world championship for an Atlanta professional sports franchise.” Way to go Terence, once again you have your facts wrong. You forgot about the Atlanta Chiefs soccer team.

RB

April 15th, 2009
1:11 pm

agree..Glavine is the ultimate PRO

Bobby C*cks

April 15th, 2009
1:13 pm

Tommy Hanson still needs to mature… He had 90+ pitches in less than 5 innings his last start at Gwinnett. He will be ready soon but if Glavine is indeed out, lets begin with Reyes so that we still have a left-handed pitcher in the rotation plus MLB experience. We do not want Hanson to be a Charlie Morton who was rushed to the team after all the injuries of last year.

NC Braves fan

April 15th, 2009
1:16 pm

Wow…this is a rough room. I hate to see anyone unvoluntarily shown the door….sports writer or pitcher. Tom Glavine has enough class to go when it’s time and he deserves it.

Sonny

April 15th, 2009
1:17 pm

na na na na, na na na na,

hey hey hey goodbye

Kenny

April 15th, 2009
1:17 pm

He’s also the guy that walked for more cash when the Mets came calling. I like the guy, a lot. In fact, make him the pitching coach, McDowell sucks.

Richard Dawson

April 15th, 2009
1:25 pm

What a moronic title to a column. Who else would be Glavine? Who else would make the decision? If he can’t pitch, you think Cox wants him out there? Good grief.

Mark

April 15th, 2009
1:32 pm

I agree with every thing you write, Terence, but these are not the Braves of old, when they had class.
Is the Hammer still with the club? Wonder what he thinks about all this?

Eric

April 15th, 2009
1:34 pm

Terrence, is their indication that the Braves are pushing Glavine out the door? I have not seen it. What indication have the Braves given that they want to call Hanson up quickly? Jo-Jo is getting Glavine’s start, not hamson. Not sure what the point of the article was.

Jim n Buckhead

April 15th, 2009
1:43 pm

I thought you were leaving………if you like Glavine so much then take him with you……

spotts

April 15th, 2009
1:49 pm

If you’re going to badmouth the man, at least spell his name right. It’s Terence. One ‘R’ and no ‘A.’ It’s at the top of your browsers, people.

The Braves did the right thing by not resigning Smoltz. I can understand why they wanted Glavine for insurance after last season’s pitching fiasco (our opening day 1-4 pitchers all injured…3 of them for the season), but I still don’t think signing a sentimental, aging pitcher coming off of surgery was a good idea. Loved him as a Brave, but we need to look to the future.

richbrave

April 15th, 2009
1:50 pm

As if anyone else could. You brought it up with this column. Leave the guy alone, O.K.?

Spud Webb

April 15th, 2009
1:51 pm

Tom Glavine, thank you for all the great years here in Atlanta. You will be missed. Good job and GREAT career!

spotts

April 15th, 2009
1:52 pm

Oh, and for everyone complaining about Bobby going with Jojo over Hanson…it’s best not to rush Hanson. A little more time in the minors can’t hurt, plus you don’t want to wear out a young pitcher’s arm (Mark Bradley wrote a great article on that the other day).

That’s about the only time I’ll defend Bobby.

coach joe

April 15th, 2009
2:02 pm

Man. You generate more hate mail than anyone I read in your paper.

Tommy deserves to go out on his terms.You too if you R really leaving.?.

enjoy your work ( even on the Rome show..)..

Supes

April 15th, 2009
2:06 pm

I agree, Tom Glavine has EARNED the right to go out on his own terms whatever they maybe. Even though he bolted for the money and the hated Muts, he’ll always be an Atlanta Brave and a HOF pitcher. He has earned my respect for that.

TM, shouldn’t you be burning with ROME in LA?

richbrave

April 15th, 2009
2:07 pm

TMo:

At times I’ve agreed with your takes on matters ATLANTA and at times I haven’t. But thanks for the memories bud and best of luck with the rest of your life.

chris

April 15th, 2009
2:14 pm

The same Glavine who as the Braves rep during the strike had the audacity to make comments like, “we’re not stiking for guys like me, I’m set, we’re striking for the newcomers who barely get by on the minimum (approx. $115,000/year in 1994)”. Like most players, he lost whatever sense of reality he had years ago. I say good riddance. I get tired of reading about these guys and all theor troubles as they age. I get tired of columnists writing in defense of these “upstanding players”. These are just regular guys who happen to earn more money than most people and who think very little about the fans. Send him back to the Mets!

SavFalcon

April 15th, 2009
2:24 pm

Well said Terence!

TommyB

April 15th, 2009
2:25 pm

Thank you, Terence.
You nit the nail solidly on the head.

bulldogbubba

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!!

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.

diamondlady01

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!

Steve

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.

All Seeing Eye

April 15th, 2009
2:52 pm

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

varoadrunner

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.

varoadrunner

April 15th, 2009
2:54 pm

oh, BTW, Good Luck Tom Glavine/Hanson

Tomas

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.

bry22

April 15th, 2009
3:04 pm

As always Terence Moore is an idiot!

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.

Glenn

April 15th, 2009
3:15 pm

Terence,
Its about time you wrote something worth a d**** that does not have anything to do with race or color. Amen give the man the respect he deserves.

Rob

April 15th, 2009
3:15 pm

This is the same Glavine that was one of the leaders of the ‘94 strike which cancelled the season and the World Series (which was never done before, not even during war times). I have never forgiven him for that and was glad when he left (which was his choice BTW). When he retires from baseball he will not pursue a job with the Braves, he will pursue a career in politics.

Tyler P

April 15th, 2009
3:16 pm

That all sounds so good, Terrence. It would make for a very heart-warming story. It may even make a made for ESPN movie one day. The fact of the matter is: time is money in baseball. Wren learned his lesson with Mike Hampton (notice Lowe and Vazquez have NEVER been on the DL). We have a legitimate chance this year. It’s no guarantee Glavine could even return next year. Bring Hanson up and lets pitch our way there a la 1995. The Braves don’t revolve around Tom.

DMBJAMS

April 15th, 2009
3:43 pm

Mr. Moore, did you notice Jo Jo was called up not Tommy?

How am I laid off, but you have a job? Not for long me thinks.

Bill

April 15th, 2009
3:57 pm

So are they going to replace Moore with a talented writer, or just go with one less columnist? So many great moments with this guy- the racial baiting, the Griffey fiasco…

Terence Moore just couldn’t hack it in the new internet era.

John

April 15th, 2009
3:58 pm

So Glavine at $1M is a “cheap” pitcher, yet he throws 83MPH and has a bum shoulder? He is actually valuable to the team as a 5th starter, or even someone coming out of the bullpen, plus his leadership. I just don’t know why Jo Jo was called up again. Within a week or so of Reyes call up, Joe and Don and Boog will be talking about how his control was so much better in AAA, and how good of a spot pinch hitter he is, but then clamoring about how his control stinks and he just can’t get over the hump. I guess the Braves are trying to run Jo Jo out of options so that they don’t have to send him back to AAA!

John Hoar

April 15th, 2009
3:59 pm

Good article, Terence. Saying that a professional player like Tom Glavine can be replaced by a rookie is like saying you had rather have your surgery done by a first year resident than having Dr. Andrews do it. I’ll go with the top guy every time. If Tommy isn’t able to pitch because of health he and the doctors, and the team will make a decision. Otherwise, most of us, (naturally not us) need to butt out!

Rico

April 15th, 2009
4:21 pm

No one has earned the right to stay on the team if they are not producing. Glavine has been paid for the service he has rendered in the past. No one person is so important they should remain on the team if they are not helpng to win.

Tami

April 15th, 2009
4:24 pm

Good article, and well said. I hate this for Tom, and hope it’s only a setback. He has earned the right, as you said, to go out on his own terms. If he still has something left in his arm that will allow him to come back in a couple of weeks without risking his arm falling off, then we should all patiently wait. But, if it’s just not there, Tom’s not going to keep trying in vain. And, he’s not going to leave the Braves or their fans in limbo. He’s a classy guy and will know when to hang it up with dignity. We should have a huge, middle-of-the-season “going-out” party down at Turner Field for him if he has to go out sooner than he wanted to. But….I’m pulling for him!

wxwax

April 15th, 2009
4:29 pm

Just a note to say I’m sorry you’ll be leaving the AJC, Terence.

I didn’t always agree with what you wrote… but isn’t that your job, to stir-up opinion?

Best wishes for the future, both to you and too all the AJC staffers who are losing their jobs.

Gene

April 15th, 2009
4:30 pm

Glavin is a class act, and he won’t hang around for a paycheck if he can’t help the team, but let’s not give up on him yet.

garbonzo

April 15th, 2009
4:35 pm

The Braves should definitely allow Glavine to determine when he’s done. However, it would seem he will also need to be honest with himself at some point and recognize his body simply can’t do it anymore.

What the Braves SHOULD NOT do is rush their star-to-be up. Let him learn and develop so that he ends up being a 10 year productive player rather than a 10 month productive player.

david

April 15th, 2009
4:38 pm

Tom Glavine: He’s the guy (hat left the Braves for the fattest contract he could find,
He’s the guy that contributed to the strike season.
He’s the guy that thinks only about him and not the team or his teammates.
He’s the guy my bu++.
Where’s John Smoltz? He’s the guy!

LizDawg

April 15th, 2009
4:39 pm

Take that bailout and run Terence, with your racist diatribe that the AJC (and Channel 2) has been forcing us to swallow for years we can’t wait for you to hit the road. On your resume make sure your primary objective remains racism just as it was with the AJC.

You are single-handledly the reason I canceled my AJC subscription – hope you’re happy now that you are all taking the bailout.

Good riddance.

DC

April 15th, 2009
4:43 pm

Most of you are mad at the wrong person. Tom Glavin isn’t the problem. We know that Glavin won’t be ready for his first start. Braves management could have brought up Hanson instead of Jo Jo Reyes. Why didn’t they? Simple. The braves management knows that Hanson is good enough that he will cost them plenty to keep him in a braves uniform so they are trying to put off Hanson’s arbitration clock as long as they can. They know he’s good, they know he’s ready, they just aren’t sure they can pay for him in the end. You guys can scream and yell all you want but it comes down to our cheap owners. Ted Turner, where are you?

A Hope

April 15th, 2009
4:47 pm

Screw Glavine. He bailed on us for the Mets when we needed him. He’ll never be anything but a traitor to me.

Tom Davis

April 15th, 2009
5:12 pm

TM I understand you were fired from the AJC. Also, Tom Glavine said he was going on strike.

jofske

April 15th, 2009
5:18 pm

Wasn’t Glavine the loud-mouthed union boy who helped end the ‘94 season. Let him go already. Good riddance.

TM

April 15th, 2009
5:23 pm

The Braves get what they deserve with Glavine. They backed the player that did two things:
1. Already abandoned the team and organization, when the fans did not want him to… over peanuts vs. a “lifetime” position with the team.
2. One who already said once that “if the rehab was going to be too extensive he would retire…” (now he’s said it twice)

Here’s the problem, Glavine has never been hurt. He doesn’t know what it takes to get back to the mound. With his comments about rehab & retirement, he was already done and the Braves blew it by re-signing him.

I said it the day the Braves let Smoltz go to another team over a small amount of money (relative to baseball salaries) that the Braves made a HUGE mistake! I didn’t think I would be proven right so quickly, but I can’t wait to see John Smoltz have great success with Boston.

The Braves lost a lot of my respect with their decisions with Smoltz & Glavine. Sorry I can’t feel sorry for Mr. Glavine when he has “made his bed” with the fans of the Braves. Now, he has to lye in it. Let’s see if he is more interested in getting the 1 million dollars for be activated on the major league roster or just retire. My bet says he will attempt a small amount of starts (pick up the million $$) and shut it down shortly there after. If that’s the case, Mr Wren and the Braves deserve what they get.

Often Disappointed/Never Surprised!

April 15th, 2009
5:27 pm

Hey Terrence, remember these sentiments when you condemn other players for being over-the-hill. Truly you speak with forked tongue (Indian reference, you know, the Braves?) Well at any rate, I have read quite a few of your articles and to this date I still don’t know your stance. Wishy-washy is what we call it! Clearly Glavine’s best days are behind him. Granted, he is awesome off-the-field. Kudos for that much, however, he should sit down and look at Oscar DeLahoya’s retirement announcement at his news conference. Enough is enough!

buford

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!

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 ?

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 anyone..like 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.

GO BRAVOS!!!!!

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.

chemdawg

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.

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!!

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.

BnB

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.

Braveshater

April 15th, 2009
7:47 pm

TOM GLAVINE IS DONE, THE LONGER HE STAYS THE MORE HE SLOWS THE PROGRESSION OF THE NEXT YOUNG STUD. ISNT TERRANCE SUPPOSED TO BE FIRED BY NOW, GET LOST CLOWN.

TROTTINGHOME

April 15th, 2009
9:01 pm

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

stoph

April 15th, 2009
10:43 pm

Sorry, I disagree. These Braves are a 4th place team in ‘09 IF they stay healthy. The Mets, Phillies, and Marlins have more balance and depth. The Braves management did the best they could – except the obvious Smoltz screw-up – but you can’t make diamonds out of dog do.

It will be fun watching the team transition to the future, post Chipper, Glavine, etc. For now, they are not going to impress the class of the NL East.

JimK

April 15th, 2009
11:25 pm

Since Glavine’s next pitch in a game will cost the Braves $1 million, I say let him retire now and go into the Hall on the same day as Greg Maddux. Let his final pitch be a symbolic one on the “Tom Glavine Day”, which is warranted by his accomplishments on the field. May Turner Field sell out on that day, although the gate will be small compensation for what his union’s excesses have cost the Braves and all of baseball.

No bittersweet feelings or mixed emotions over the departure of Terence Moore, of course. Rank that exit right up there with the fare-thee-wells bade to Kenny Lofton, Mark Redman, and John Rocker.

Stretch

April 15th, 2009
11:30 pm

What is the point of this article? Is there some debate or concern that the Braves are going to force Tommy Ballgame out? Or is T. Moore stirring up the muck?

Question: How long has Terrence Moore been writing for the AJC?

Answer: Too Long.

scottbravesfan

April 16th, 2009
12:36 am

I agree let Glavine go out when he wants to.

scottbravesfan

April 16th, 2009
12:37 am

You mean the way they already took 2 out of 3 from the Phillies in Philly? The Braves can hang with anyone in the NL East. Hell the Marlins are the best team in the division.

Kevin

April 25th, 2009
9:42 am

Well glavine can go home now he done….also Mr moore dave(i hurt me self 0 Hampton on DL again i told u and O’Brien he be again he is..Yes glavine did win a world series after he said we go on strike.Then he bouts off to Ny mets to win 300 games he weae a met hat in hall of fame sorry braves fans so will maddox a cubs hat to….this cause braves said we can’t afford u….oh phil niekro will wear a yankee hat when they get in hall of fame soon.hey moore remember his famous choke when let the marlins beat his ass bad and Mets were out of playoffs n divison to Ha ha….oh and john smoltz will get 11 wins as red sox and beat us here at turnerfield to….I be waitin for that an cheerin as see cox face as his former pitcher beats him like cox beats his wife….Oh and smoltz will be wearin a red sox hat when he gets in the hall of fame at cooperstown to…..