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2005 News > 9/25/05

DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR

By Marty Noble, MLB.com
Original Article HERE.

One day after his two singles gave him the lead in hits among Mets pitchers, Tom Glavine was full of himself and full of bravado.

"I don't want to hear anything about who's the best-hitting pitcher here," said Glavine, as if challenging his colleagues.

Clearly, Glavine is the most accomplished hitter among the Mets' pitchers. He has 221 career hits, including one home run -- off Reds left-hander John Smiley in 1995. He has hit for the career cycle -- 23 doubles, two triples and the home run -- and driven in 82 runs in his 1,470 plate appearances. His batting average for this season, and for his career, is .186. He also has won four Silver Slugger Awards, given to the league-leading hitters at each position.

Glavine's personal high for hits in a season is 22, accomplished in 1996, when he batted .289 with the Braves. The Mets' record for hits by a pitcher is 22, set by Dwight Gooden in 1985.

So with all that on his resume, Glavine playfully took umbrage at manager Willie Randolph's playful questioning of his bat speed, or lack of same, on Sunday.

"It's not an issue of bat speed," said Glavine. "It's just like a controlled swing."

"Sort of like a bicyclist not exceeding 200 miles per hour?" he was asked. "Yeah," he replied. "I just choose not to pedal so fast."