Frank Wren’s “How to Give a Hall-of-Famer the SHAFT!”

ATLANTA— I have atlantabraves.com plugged into my blackberry.  Whenever I get out on the internet, I start by opening up that website and checking in on news surrounding the Braves.

For weeks now, I’ve been reading headlines about Tom Glavine’s recovery.  Tom Glavine feels better after throwing in the outfield (April 28). Tom Glavine pitches 3 simulated innings, ready to begin his rehab (May 19). Tom pitches 5 scoreless innings in Gwinnett, close to returning to the Braves (May 28).  Tom pitches 6 scoreless innings in Rome, final start before joining the big league team (June 2). 

Then yesterday I read: Tom Glavine CANNED!

Hall-of-Famer and MVP of the only World Series the Atlanta Braves ever won, having dutifully completed a successful rehab, is congratulated by being given the option of either retiring or being released.

What!?

Frank Wren says: “This is how you give someone the SHAFT!”

This one disappointed me.  The messaging of this move was even worse than the cold shoulder they gave John Smoltz last winter.  This one blindsided everyone: players, fans, and Tom Glavine himself.  Who saw this coming?

Now granted, I believe the move on a whole is a smart one.  The Braves are steadily building a team of the future, and I think they could be a winner over the upcoming several years.  They are putting the right pieces in place, and have some good, young talent to build around.  In the end, Glavine did not fit in those plans.  Tommy Hanson did.

But the Braves really could have dealt with this better. Going into the rehab, they should have been clear with the fans and with Tom Glavine that he may not be in their long-term plans.  They should have treated him with some dignity and told him ahead of time that even if he did well in rehab, he may not make the team.

Instead, they led everyone down a path of expecting Glavine’s return and then stripping that away at the final moment.  What a sham!

I like where we have ended up on a whole, but I do not like how Frank Wren has gotten us there.

The jury is still out on this man, in my book.

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9 thoughts on “Frank Wren’s “How to Give a Hall-of-Famer the SHAFT!”

  1. “Going into the rehab, they should have been clear with the fans and with Tom Glavine that he may not be in their long-term plans.”

    Yes. I think Glavine was confused on this part. He signed a one year incentive laiden deal at the ripe old age of 43 coming off arm and shoulder surgery and several bad seasons with the strong impression that he was in the “long-term plans” for the Atlanta Braves.
    Please, if Glavine didn’t realize he wasn’t in the “long-term plans” of the Atlanta Braves, he’s not as smart as previously thought.

    “Instead, they led everyone down a path of expecting Glavine’s return and then stripping that away at the final moment.”

    Not every one. Count this Braves fan in as one who never thought he’d see Glavine pitch in the majors again. The man had never been injured before and so had never known the struggles associated with injury. He is no John Smoltz. Glavine was a soft tosser prior to injury and an increasingly bad one. I’m just happy the Braves didn’t follow the Phillies and hand him a Jamie Moyer contract.

  2. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4239049&campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines

    Long-term was a poor phrasing, I’ll give you that TP. Perhaps I should have just said “plans” in general.

    But the fact remains, they did not communicate with him well at all.

    “I don’t believe for a minute that it was totally a performance-related issue, which I’m totally fine with, but I would have appreciated the honesty,” Glavine said Friday.

    Looks like Tommy may file a grievance. I don’t blame him. This club has now mistreated him twice in his career.

    Frank Wren is losing my trust.

  3. I’ll admit I was more upset over Smoltz. Perhaps this is bias. Perhaps this is acknowledging the fact that Smoltz had thrice returned from injuries to dominate. Glavine on the other hand had never “dominated” per-sey. He merely controled the game well. I’d have spent the money on Smoltz over Glavine. But I agree with the team that he wasn’t worth the massive investment the BoSox made. The Braves are covered on pitching. It’s hitting that is the problem. Had they taken this attitude with Chipper, then I’d be questioning Wren.

  4. “I wouldn’t have said anything if I were John Schuerholz [appology wise]. I think that was a mistake, because it was a no-win situation in his case, as much as [Schuerholz] tried to patch up the differences,” Aaron said. Then he laughed, adding, “This is the first time I’ve ever been on management’s side. I mean, Glavine got paid very well through the years to play here, and there’s never a good way to handle these situations. But if you’re the Braves, you’ve got to throw those kids out there and let them pitch. If you’re Glavine, you have to be gracious enough to step aside.”
    -Henry “The Hammer” Aaron

  5. “I would have appreciated… honesty.”

    -Tom Glavine
    Hall-of-Famer, 5th Winningest Left-Hander of All-Time, Top Left-hander of the 1990’s, 5-time 20 game winner, 2 Time Cy Young winner, MVP of the Braves ONLY World Series Win in Atlanta, 20+ year major league veteran

    I love the Hammer, but Tom stacks up pretty nicely with the man, by the numbers. I don’t think the Hammer automatically trumps Glavine.

    1. “I would have appreciated… honesty”

      By the fans when Mr. Glavine bee-lined for slightly more money from the arch rival.

      “I wouldn’t have appologized. The team didn’t need to say anything. I think the appolgy was a mistake. I’m on management’s side on this one. Tom Glavine needs to learn when to fold ’em”
      All time home run champion, World Series Win for the Braves, Franchise leader in Home Runs, Doubles, RBI’s, Total bases, Hits, Extra-base hits, Games, Slugging Percentage, 20-time All Star for the Braves, 6-time top-3 MVP, MVP, 3-GG, 20+ years as a Brave, 20+ years in the majors, Hall of Famer, all in the face of bitter and unrelenting racism.

      Tom Glavine is good. He is no Hank Aaron.

  6. I’ve read the local fan base reactions. Seems fifty-fifty with all of the agreeing that Hanson was better for the team than Glavine. What’s done is done. The bad pitcher is out, the good one is in.

    As for that video. That was funny.

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