Glavine is Staying Put

Tom Glavine

Tom Glavine, who has a lifetime 3.49 ERA and has never been on the DL, posted 243 of his 300 wins with Atlanta (1987-2002).

A day after the Braves lost out on Ken Griffey Jr. Tom Glavine resigned with the Atlanta Braves today on a one year deal. The contract is mostly made of incentives which gives the left hander the chance to earn up to $4.5 million dollars. He will get one million dollars no matter what. Glavine has played with the Braves on two different occasions and the New York Mets once. Glavine in college Glavine was a two sport star in baseball and ice hockey. He was drafted by the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round, 69th overall. In the MLB Glavine was drafted by the Braves in the second round. Glavine thankfully opted to play baseball and not hockey. Glavine got his first win against the Pittsburgh Pirates. In the game he hit Barry Bonds in the back. Years later Bonds broke Hank Aaron’s home run record the same weak Glavine got his 300th win. In 1991 Glavine won his first Cy Young award going twenty and eleven with a 2.55 ERA and 192 strikeouts. In 1991 he led the Braves to the World Series. The Braves lost though to the Twins four games to three. In 1992 the Braves made the World Series but lost to the Toronto Blue Jays four games to two. In 1993 Greg Maddux was traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Braves. He, Glavine, and Jon Smoltz formed on of the best starting rotations of all time. From 1991 to 1993 he became the last pitcher in baseball to win twenty games in three consecutive seasons. In 1995 the Braves made the World Series and beat the Cleveland Indians four games to two. Glavine was award the series MVP. The next year in 1996 the Braves faced the Yankees and ost four games to two. In 1998 Glavine won his second Cy Young award going twenty and six with a 2.47 ERA and 157 strikeouts. In 1999 he went to the World Series yet again and lost to the Yankees four games to zero. In 2003 Glavine signed a four year $42.5 million with the Braves rival, the New York Mets. In 2003 Glavine had such a bad year that I am sure he doesn’t want me to mention it. He did though get to play with his brother, Mike after the Mets called him up. In 2004 he made the all-star game and lost some of his teeth by getting in car wreck. The wreck happened while he was in a taxi. In 2006 he preformed like his old self going fifteen and seven and made the all-star game. The Mets also won the National League East. That postseason he went two and one in three games. In 2007 Glavine resigned with the Mets. Going into the 2007 season he needed only ten wins to get to the 300 mark. On August 5 he won his 300th game beating the Chicago Cubs on ESPN. Glavine became the 23rd 300 game winner and the fifth lefty to get to 300. At the end of the season Glavine declined an option and became a free agent. Last year Glavine pitched in only thirteen games going two for four. The Griffey signing put the Mariners back in the weak A.L. West. Now the Glavine signing puts the Braves back into a strong N.L. East. Glavine will most likely be the fifth man in the rotation and if he gets hurt he has Tim Hudson to fill in. Glavine is a ten time all-star who has won won four silver sluggers. With Glavine’s injury history the only thing we can be sure on is he is a hall of famer.

1990/91 Braves - ('90: 67-95; '91: 92-70)
Tom Glavine
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9 comments

  1. raysrenegade

    Here is a guy you can tell you kids you saw pitch.
    He is that good, and he will be a certain first ballot Hall of Famer when he finally hangs up his cleats.

    The guy is pure class off the mound, and is pure magic on it. He might not have the pitches he did 10 years ago, but he still gets the outs by being selective and confusing. If you ever want to study an older pitcher who uses his mind to win games…….here is the guy.

    A true scientist on the mound. Atlanta is lucky to get him, but he will have a double duty. If he teaches that change-up to any of those young pitchers……….look out N L East foes.

    Rays Renegade

    http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

  2. King_of_New_York

    It’s good now that Junior and him have been signed by their first teams. They probably shouldn’t have left those teams in the first place, and we might never see a player stay with one team his whole career again, with all the big contracts being signed.
    http://bronx-awesome.mlblogs.com/
    King Yankees

  3. bigpapi72

    Julia- It is.
    R.R.- Oh yah Glavine is so great. Glavine will be like an extra coach in Atlanta.
    Babu- I agree. If Glavine and Junior had stayed with their teams Junior would have had more home runs and Glavine more strikeouts. And your welcome.
    Johnny- So am I.
    Jane- I hope he does too. It will be different though because Glavine has already gotten 20 wins before.
    Elizabeth- Thanks. You never know what might happen.
    Tom- I wish I got to see him pitch. I have seen him on TV but it is different then going to a game and seeing him.

    Bob-

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