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Another team that had the spotlight this week was the Atlanta Braves. They acquired All-Star center fielder Nate McLouth from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for three minor leaguers on Wednesday, in hopes to improve Atlanta’s offense.
McLouth, 27 set career highs last season with a .276 batting average, 26 homers and 94 RBIs. This was a great move because the Braves desperately needed more offense from an outfield!
In the same week, the Braves released Tom Glavine a 305-game winner. Boy, he was surprised!
The team felt it had a better chance to win with a younger pitcher in the rotation.
“This was not a business decision,” GM Frank Wren said. “This was a performance decision.” “The comeback was not working,” Wren said. “Our evaluation was he would not be successful.”
It was evident that Glavine was very taken back and upset by what happen and said that “a couple” teams have expressed interest in him as a pitcher and others have called about consulting or other jobs.
He didn’t name the teams but said “it’s going to take a lot to convince him to pitch for another team.”
Did he really get these calls, not sure…but it’s still too bad.
If we compare Glavine to Randy Johnson, Glavine has 5 more wins and because he is not a power pitcher should have a longer career than Johnson!
Who knows, in the next three years by the time Glavine is Johnson’s ripe age of 46, he may be up to 350 wins.
You never know, I wish the Braves kept him on their team for a bit longer since it was his dream to retire a Brave (maybe it’s not his dream anymore).