2009 NEWS

2009 NEWS > 6/19/09


By Mark BOwman, MLB.com
Original Article HERE.

BOSTON -- Tom Glavine thinks there's a chance that he'll pitch again, but the 43-year-old left-hander has decided that it's best for him to stay away from the mound for the rest of this year and enjoy this summer.

While keeping open the possibility to take advantage of some part-time broadcasting duties during the regular season or postseason, Glavine has determined that he won't continue to explore the possibility of pitching, coaching or serving in an advisory role for any Major League clubs again this year.

He also said he has decided against filing a grievance against the Braves. Glavine's agent, Gregg Clifton, had reportedly discussed this matter with a labor attorney and the players' union.

But Glavine, whose 305 wins are the fourth-most among left-handers in Major League history, isn't ready to announce his retirement.

Via a text message sent Friday morning, Glavine said, "I'm probably going to lay low for the rest of this year."

Glavine is keeping open the possibility of pitching again in 2010, but has ended thoughts about the grievance. Still he believes there decision to release him on June 3 was based more on finances than the performances he'd provided during his Minor League rehab starts.

The Braves, while apologizing about the tone of the meeting during which Glavine learned that he was being released, remain firm with their stance that it was a decision based solely on performance.

With the $1 million contract that Glavine signed in February, he was due a $1 million bonus when he was placed on the 25-man roster. After tossing six scoreless innings for Class A Rome on June 2, the veteran hurler thought he was just five days away from making his Major League regular season debut and gaining this bonus.

But when he arrived at Turner Field on June 3, the Braves provided him the options to retire or be released.

"I know I have a good case, but I'm going to take the high road," Glavine said.

Glavine underwent a surgical procedure last August that repaired both his left elbow and left shoulder. While his elbow proved to be sound, he came to Spring Training this year and continued to be plagued by the shoulder which bothered him throughout a majority of his career.

While keeping open the possibility that he'll have more arm strength next year, Glavine plans to enjoy the opportunity to spend more time with his wife and their five children this summer.

"I enjoy going to my kids' hockey games and ballgames and all that other stuff," Glavine said earlier this month. "On the one hand, I'm kind of looking forward to having a summer for the first time in 25 years. It's just not the way I envisioned doing it."