Tom Glavine Deserves Better Than This: Atlanta Braves Realease Former Star

Brett HowerContributor IJune 4, 2009

WASHINGTON - APRIL 30:  Pitcher Tom Glavine #47 of the Atlanta Braves watches his team take on the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on April 30, 2008 in Washington, D.C. The Nationals defeated the Braves 3-2 in 12 innnings.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

I just heard that Tom Glavine was released by the Atlanta Braves. I am very disappointed to say the least. He was making his final start at Class-A (he pitched six scoreless innings) and was ready to rejoin the Braves.

He then found out he had been released.

Imagine what was going through his mind when he heard the news. The Braves have always been one of the best franchises in baseball, but I have lost all respect for them.

Tom Glavine has won two Cy Young awards, has over 300 wins, won a World Series, and has been selected to 10 All-Star games. When you think of the Atlanta Braves, the first thing you think about is Smoltz, Maddux, and Glavine. They were the best rotation in the majors for a decade.

Tom Glavine has always been consistent, he's always done things the right way. What I don't understand is why they signed him to a contract if they were going to release him less than half-way through the season anyway.

I didn't consider Glavine's time with the Mets part of his legacy, and if he goes to another team, I won't consider that to be part of it either.

What a storybook ending to Tom Glavine's career it would have been if he would have finished his career with the Atlanta Braves. Unfortunately, Braves fans can only dream about that, because the Braves severely disrespected him.