The Atlanta Braves today released former Mets pitcher and Turner Field stalwart Tom Glavine.
I’m really surprised by this move. For a guy who’s meant so much to the Braves franchise, it sure is cold. The guy was finally ready to come off the disabled list after rehabbing for surgery on his left elbow and shoulder when he was given his walking papers. He had just thrown six shut-out innings in the Minors yesterday and was ready to come back.
Apparently, the Braves management is high on their pitching prospect Tommy Hanson and didn’t want to hold off his call-up just to let Glavine come back. The management can say all they want about Glavine’s worth to the franchise, but they could’ve handled the situation better.
A lot of Mets fans still have a bitter taste in their mouth after Glavine completely blew his last game with the team at the end of a 2007 playoff run. Many point to that game as the one that kept the Mets out of the postseason. Of course, you could say that about any loss that year, but some choose to blame him.
Glavine was still an integral member of the Mets organization for five years, one in which he helped the team get to the National League Championship Series. Watching him get his 300th career victory as a Met also was a special moment.
So, it’s kind of sad to see him treated this way. The question is, will anybody pick him up? Does he want to pitch with anyone else or does he want to end his career like he started it? Would you want him back, even as a spot starter? He can’t be any worse than Redding, can he?