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2010 NEWS > 2/11/10

GLAVINE JOINS BRAVES' FRONT OFFICE

By David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Original Article HERE.

Tom Glavine officially retired Thursday, the same day he officially returned to the Braves.

The Braves' iconic left-hander has been hired as a special assistant to team president John Schuerholz. He plans to do front-office work, some Braves radio and TV broadcasting, and also some on-field coaching and advising at spring training and in the minor leagues.

While Glavine, 43, had not officially announced his retirement from pitching until Thursday, he said that was only a formality, since he'd already made it clear he wasn't planning to return to the mound and had been discussing a front-office job with Schuerholz since November.

"I've obviously retired in one capacity and am now opening the door in another capacity," said Glavine, who attempted a pitching comeback last season with the Braves, after having his 2008 season shortened by elbow and shoulder surgeries.

But he was unceremoniously released by the team in June, after a minor-league rehabilitation assignment that he thought was going to be his final step before being added to the roster.

"In my mind, when my playing days ended last summer that was the end of it for me," said Glavine, 43, a two-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series hero with the Braves. "I never seriously toyed with the idea of pitching anymore. And I'm OK with it.

"I know that physically I wouldn't be able to go out there and do the things I want to do anymore. So I think when that happens, it's a lot easier to walk away and focus on what you want to do next. So I'm excited about the opportunity to find out what I want to do next." The 305-game winner and likely first-ballot Hall-of-Famer will assist Schuerholz on baseball and business projects and also work on special assignments for general manager Frank Wren and manager Bobby Cox.

Glavine said it was important to work past any hard feelings over how he was treated last summer and rejoin the organization where he established himself and spent all but five seasons of his pitching career.

"We're going to tap into Tom's great assets, his ability to help us become a better organization as he did for so many years as a player," said Schuerholz, who called Glavine "one of the real special players in the history of the Atlanta Braves."

He turned to Glavine and said, "We're delighted, Tom, to have you back in the fold. I have never had an assistant with quite the background as you, and I say congratulations and welcome back aboard."

Fox Sports South announced that Glavine would join their broadcast booth for a minimum of 13 Braves Sunday home games in 2010, working alongside Chip Caray and Joe Simpson for those games. Glavine will also do occasional guest appearances on the Braves radio pregame show and guest analyst duties on some radio game broadcasts.

"While I want to at least get my foot in the door with the game of baseball on the business side of it, as opposed to being a player, quite honestly I'm not sure what I want to do," Glavine said. "There's a lot of things that interest me, broadcasting being one of them. So this opportunity we've come up with gives me a tremendous amount of flexibility to experience a number of things in the organization...

"It exposes me to a lot of things so that hopefully, sometime relatively soon, I can figure out if there's one aspect of it that I really enjoy and can focus on that in the future. This affords the opportunity to experience a little bit of everything and hopefully figure out not only what I enjoy the most, but maybe where I can help this organization the most."