Former Braves & Metropolitans pitcher Tom Glavine announced his retirement on Thursday. The first thought that popped into my head when I heard that was, "Wasn't Tom Glavine already retired?!"
Glavine, a 5-time 20 game winner with Atlanta, will work with the Braves as a special assistant to team president John Schuerholz. Glavine is expected to work with Schuerholz on baseball and business projects and he will occasionally assist team manager Bobby Cox. There are also plans for the 43-year-old Glavine to work on a weekly basis with the Atlanta broadcast team.
Many Phillies phans' favorite memory of Glavine is his final effort of the 2007 season with the Metropolitans. That was when NY collapsed in the final weeks of the season and coughed up the division title to our Phillies. On September 30th, 2007 , the final day of the season, the Phillies and Mets were tied for first place. The Mets needed a big game from a big time pitcher, but Glavine had one of his worst outings ever with the NL East division on the line. He surrendered 7 runs to the Marlins in just one-third of an inning at Shea Stadium, before the Phillies' game against the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park even got started. The start times of the games were 30 minutes apart, and as phans got ready to cheer their team toward a win, hoping for the Phils' first playoff berth in 14 years, they all knew it was a lock, thanks to Glavine's inadequate performance prior to the national anthem in Philadelphia.
Glavine should one day be enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Players must wait a mandatory 5 years after retirement to become eligible for the Hall. If you ask me, Glavine is welcome and eligible TODAY for a place on the Phillies' Wall of Fame, just for that one game in 2007.
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