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Thanks For Everything, Tom, But Don’t Let The Door Hit You In The Ass On Your Way Out

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You stay classy, Atlanta Braves organization.

Tom Glavine, a 305-game winner, including 244 with the Braves, was uncermoniously kicked to the curb and released yesterday by the club. Although nothing is guaranteed in life, and this is no more surprising than when a guy who showed up at a blue-collar job for 35 years is suddenly let go because the company can pay someone else less money to do the same job, this initially seems like a pretty classless move by the Braves organization.

Glavine was a key cog on one of the most dominating pitching staffs in the history of the game, who along with John Smoltz and Greg Maddux led the Braves to their only World Series title of the modern era in 1995.

Granted, Glavine was rehabbing in the minor leagues and it’s probably safe to say he would have been much help to Atlanta this season, this is not how you treat a two-time Cy Young Award winner just to save some money – and his former teammate John Smoltz is not very happy about it:

“That’s not how you treat people. He didn’t have a chance to fail at that level. … That’s not how you go about it. But they’re in control. They make those decisions. They’ve made a lot of them lately.”

“Like a lot of things lately, they handled it in a very interesting way and one that leaves you scratching your head. It’s unfortunate for Tommy. Obviously, I’m using a very soft word in ‘disappointed.’ That ain’t right, to go that far in rehab — then, right before the time, do that.

“That’s not my problem anymore. I just feel badly for a teammate of mine that I had for a long time.”

Damn straight, Mr. Smoltz.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Atlanta Braves: burning bridges two Hall of Fame pitchers at a time.

Surprise! Tom Glavine gets the boot from the Braves [Big League Stew]
Smoltz rips Braves’ release of Glavine [Fox Sports]