Smoltz on Glavine release

smoltzglavI’m thrilled with the McLouth deal and excited about Hanson’s debut. Still, I pretty much agree with Smoltzie‘s take on his friend’s release:

“That’s not how you treat people,” Smoltz said after Boston’s 10-5 victory over Detroit on Wednesday. “He didn’t have a chance to fail at that level. … That’s not how you go about it. But they’re in control. They make those decisions. They’ve made a lot of them lately.”

A bittersweet day, indeed.


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8 Comments on Smoltz on Glavine release

  1. PepeFreeUs // June 4, 2009 at 12:52 am //

    That about covers it.

    Times like these remind me why this is my go-to center for Braves knowledge and camaraderie. The comments at most other places, including Bowman’s blog, have a decided strain of stupidassery. Here, most people get it.

  2. Thanks, Pepe. Much appreciated. It would be a sin not to give Glavine the respect he’s earned — there’ll be plenty of time to talk about Hanson and McLouth.

  3. sansho1 // June 4, 2009 at 6:53 am //

    Apologies for busting up the party, but how is a 5.54 ERA in an injury-marred season when he was 42 years old not having been given a chance to fail at this level? We paid him $1 million this year to rehab on the Braves’ dime, get healthy and is now ready in his mind to compete. But we have a clearly superior option in Hanson. The guy is half-past ready. And we gave Glavine the retirement option, as has been done for countless icons of countless franchises throughout time.

  4. Viva Rufino Linares! // June 4, 2009 at 7:43 am //

    I know I’m not the most popular person on this blog now w/ my thoughts on Chipper, but I agree w/ Smoltz’s take. If this is the way it was going to end, maybe the front office should not have signed Tommy in the first place. I think Tommy deserved to go out a little differently. Just like Smoltz. It is truly the end of an era. Thanks for everything Tommy. I only wish it could have ended differently.

  5. clete boyer fan // June 4, 2009 at 7:55 am //

    Because he was rehabbing “on the Braves dime” with the intention of coming back to pitch as an Atlanta Brave. He wasn’t rehabbing just for the hell of it. If Wren didn’t want him on the staff this year he shouldn’t have offered him the contract in the first place. And now that Glavine seems to be ready to go, Wren gives him, as you put it, “the retirement option”. Which is no option at all. It’s basically, Wren telling Glavine, “Here’s your hat. What’s your hurry?”

  6. tbone82 // June 4, 2009 at 12:16 pm //

    It seems like Wren only wanted Glavine to pitch until Hanson was ready to come up, and then things didn’t quite work out as he planned. It sucks that it had to happen this way, and Wren handled it poorly, especially by making bullshit claims that Glavine’s performance wasn’t up to snuff and the rehab “wasn’t working.”

  7. PepeFreeUs // June 4, 2009 at 5:44 pm //

    It’s not a zero sum choice between the Tommys. That’s Wren’s spin and it appears to have traction, which is too bad.

    I agree with the biggest part of CD’s assessment of Wren’s moves, but I don’t enjoy the fact that the guy who publicly represents a club that I’ve been proud to support, as much for it’s off the field quality as it’s play, lied to all of our faces yesterday with all of that performance junk. This was a strict money saver. That’s defensible, as a decision. Lying about it really isn’t. Not a huge deal in the great scheme of things but not something that I can just laugh away easily, either.

  8. Agreed. This decision had valid reasoning behind it, you don’t have to lie about it. FW has done well, grasshopper, in terms of actual personnel decisions, but he needs to do another independent study course with JS entitled “PR 101.”

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