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2009 NEWS > 6/5/09

BRAVES' SCHUERHOLZ ISSUES APOLOGY TO GLAVINE

By Carroll Rogers, AJC.com
Original Article HERE.

Braves president John Schuerholz issued a public apology to Tom Glavine on Friday afternoon, in the wake of Glavine’s abrupt release Wednesday and subsequent comments directed at the Braves on Friday morning.

Schuerholz said he didn’t say enough in the meeting he, Bobby Cox and Frank Wren had with Glavine Wednesday to honor him and explain the respect the Braves have for him and how much he’s meant to the organization.

“I want to offer an apology to Tommy,” Schuerholz said. “We made our decision, but the environment and the tone and the manner at the end of it didn’t feel comfortable to me. I tossed and turned pretty much all night long really, after we finished our meeting with Tommy, thinking about here’s this guy who has meant so much to our franchise, to the game of baseball, Hall of Famer, represented our city in grand fashion, and the meeting ended in a way that didn’t make me feel good. I felt like I owed Tommy an apology on behalf of our organization and from me.”

He said he left Glavine a voicemail apologizing and said Glavine had reached out to him in return. Schuerholz said he hopes to speak to Glavine personally in the few days.

Schuerholz didn’t back down from the decision the Braves made to release Glavine but just how it was handled in that meeting. He did not want to address specific complaints Glavine had, saying he had been blindsided and misled by the Braves.

“I’m talking about my feelings,” Schuerholz said. “Tommy has his and they’re all real and valid. There’s no disputing how he feels. I can understand a lot of that — or all of it, actually. This was a tough thing. I would have felt better when I thought about it afterward if I’d done a better job in portraying our respect for him in the midst of all that decision-making.”