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For the Braves, 2010 is already better

Posted on: February 11, 2010 6:30 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2010 6:53 pm
In 2009, the Braves disappointed John Smoltz, angered Tom Glavine and had at least a few issues with Bobby Cox.

So yes, 2010 is already off to a better start.

It doesn't really matter what Glavine ends up doing in his new role as a special assistant to club president John Schuerholz. What matters more is that the Braves, who have long prided themselves on getting along well with their best players, are now back on good terms with one of the best pitchers they've ever had.

At today's official announcement, Schuerholz called Glavine "one of the real special players in the history of the Atlanta Braves," according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution .

Glavine, always interesting as a player, should be a natural as a part-time team broadcaster. It sounds like his new job is going to be somewhat open-ended, which is perfect for a player who is retiring at age 43 and naturally isn't yet sure what he wants to do with the rest of his life.

We all know what Glavine has done with his life to this point. He retires as the fourth winningest left-hander of all time, with his 305 wins ranking behind only Warren Spahn, Steve Carlton and Eddie Plank (and two ahead of fellow retiree Randy Johnson).

He played a huge part in establishing the Braves' modern tradition, arriving in Atlanta when the team was still a loser in 1987, and staying through 12 straight division titles and five trips to the World Series (with one title).

He left for the Mets, then returned, and tried to last one more year. I remember talking to Glavine in spring training last year, and again at Citi Field when he was on the way to what he thought would be one of his final rehab assignments before coming back to the big leagues. It was easy to root for Glavine to make it back, even as you wondered whether coming back for another year was really the right thing for him or for the Braves.

It was less than a month later that the Braves released Glavine (on the same night that Johnson got his 300th win). They thought that what he showed in the minor leagues wasn't good enough to win in the big leagues. He didn't agree.

It seemed to be the right decision, but at the same time it seemed all wrong, given the way it drove a wedge between the team and one of its biggest all-time stars. The same could be said of the Braves' negotiations with Smoltz a few months earlier, which resulted in Smoltz bolting for the Red Sox.

And the same can be said about the often-testy relationship between Cox and general manager Frank Wren, which resulted in plenty of speculation before Cox announced that he would return for one final season in 2010.

Cox and the organization seem to be on good terms now. And this week, just before the Glavine announcement, Smoltz told the Journal-Constitution that he would be open to returning to the Braves -- as a pitcher.

It's almost always hard for a great player to say good-bye. It's especially tough when his team feels the need to tell him his time is up.

And it's nice when everything eventually works out.

For Tom Glavine, that now seems to be the case.

A week before spring training, the Braves already have their first win of 2010.

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Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2010 6:43 am

For the Braves, 2010 is already better

you are brillaint puckhead.. its pretty obvious what team i root for... if you cant figure that out maybe you need to stop drinking the water down in hot-lanta. this team has nothing comparable to 91, i realize you are starving so used to a winner but in 91 you had no competition either, in 93 the phillies came out of nowhere with nothing but a team of scrapy guys who kicked the can out of your team for 2 years. then you ran face first into the yankees dynasty... CRAZY how history repeats itself... once again... you have basically zero chance getting past philly and by chance you might.... another yankee dynasty waits to smoke you..

sucks to be a brave right now.. even worse to be a fan.

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2010 1:01 am

For the Braves, 2010 is already better

Look at his AL numbers. He is grade A crap. His playoff numbers are even worse, but I wouldn't really expect a Braves fan to know that...he didn't exactly take you guys there did he?

And let's be honest- there is NO pressure pitching in Atlanta, in that ballpark, and in that division. No one threatens you except Philadelphia. Anyone with decent command and stuff could replicate Vazquez's numbers in the NL East.

Fact is, he's a an average AL pitcher and frankly I am less than thrilled that we gave up one of our electric young arms, Arodys Vizcaino, to get a glorified mediocrity like him.

Jair Jurrjens I would trade for. Tommy Hanson, yes. Javier Vazquez, no thanks. Take your junk away please.

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