Tom Glavine
American professional baseball player, pitcher
Tom Glavine
Thomas Michael Glavine is a retired American Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. With 164 victories during the 1990s, Glavine was the second winningest pitcher in the National League, second only to teammate Greg Maddux's 176. He was a five-time 20-game winner and two-time Cy Young Award winner, and one of only 24 pitchers (and just 6 left-handers) in major league history to earn 300 career wins.
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Smoltz forges Braves trio reunion in Cooperstown
Yahoo News - about 2 years
By Larry Fine (Reuters) - John Smoltz booked a permanent place for the Atlanta Braves' golden pitching trio with his election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday that reunited him with former teammates Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine. The Hall of Fame trio formed a remarkable partnership during one of Major League Baseball's greatest runs -- 14 successive division titles won by Atlanta from 1991. "I was given an opportunity to go (to the playoffs) for 14 straight years," Smoltz, who went 15-4 in the postseason with four saves, told reporters on a conference call. ...
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Jonny Gomes On A-Rod's Lawsuit Against MLBPA: 'Not A Real Good Idea'
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes doesn't think it was "a real good idea" for Alex Rodriguez to sue the Major League Baseball Players Association over his season-long suspension. "I think what he had going on is pretty individual. He did it. It was his decision, his suspension," Gomes told The Boston Herald on Thursday. "But I don’t think it’s really a good idea to go after our union. Down to my (expletive) kids, down to the benefits we have, down to our retirement fund, the union makes our lives better. We pay dues to the union for our rights." After his 211-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs was reduced to 162 by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, Rodriguez filed a lawsuit in federal court against MLB and its players' union. In the lawsuit, Rodriguez alleged that the MLBPA "completely abdicated its responsibility to Mr. Rodriguez to protect his rights." Gomes ripped A-Rod just days after it was reported that several angry players expressed their desire to kick the sus ...
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Tom Glavine: A-Rod Seems To Be 'Grasping At Straws' With Lawsuit Against Union
Huffington Post - about 3 years
BOSTON (AP) — Hall of Famer Tom Glavine says Alex Rodriguez appears to be "grasping at straws" in his lawsuit against the Major League Baseball Players Association. Glavine was a longtime union leader and participated in negotiations during the 1994-95 strike. He says knowing the people in the union as he does, he finds it "hard to believe" that Rodriguez is claiming they didn't do their job when they represented him in the grievance that lowered his 211-game suspension to 162 games. Rodriguez sued the MLBPA and Major League Baseball last week in an effort to overturn the penalty. Glavine was in Boston on Thursday to receive the prestigious Fuchs award from the local chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The award is named for the former Boston Braves owner and given for long and meritorious service to baseball.
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Craig Biggio was sterling player, but not a Hall of Famer
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
For all of the raging arguments surrounding the vote, no one can dispute the fact that it's hard to get in. [...] not in the class of Don Mattingly, Will Clark and Keith Hernandez, who struck everyone as Cooperstown material at their peak, only to fall short on the longevity front. [...] not in a league with Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas, who were so deservedly honored this week. Like rock musicians, players wrapped up their work late - and for a great number of them, including superstars, it was party time. The Cal football schedule has been released, featuring a great opener (at Northwestern) and one of those inexcusably awful nonconference games (Sacramento State). Stanford will play UC Davis for no compelling reason, and the Cardinal's other nonconference game (Army) has merit only from a traditional standpoint. ... OK, everyone, the snap goes to the running back, who will head straight into the line for a gain of 2. Doug Harris, the East Bay filmmaker who produc ...
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Thomas: 'Heaven' being inducted with Maddux, Glavine
Chicago Times - about 3 years
The day after receiving some of the biggest news of their baseball lives, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas gathered in New York to meet for the first time as 2014 Hall of Fame classmates.     
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BBWAA Strips Dan Le Batard Of Hall Of Fame Vote Over Deadspin Stunt
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
Dan Le Batard seems to have gotten both what he wanted and what he expected. The multi-platform ESPN star who handed over his 2014 ballot for the baseball Hall of Fame to Deadspin drew plenty of attention to the flawed, divisive election process and was then stripped of his vote. A day after the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced that Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas had been voted in and Deadspin revealed that Le Batard was the previously anonymous voter who had surrendered his ballot to the site's readers, the Baseball Writers' Association of America responded. In a statement released on Thursday, BBWAA President La Velle E. Neal III announced that Le Batard would lose his Hall of Fame vote and receive a 1-year membership ban for his action. The BBWAA Board of Directors has decided to remove Dan Le Batard’s membership for one year, for transferring his Hall of Fame ballot to an entity that has not earned voting status. The punishment is allowed under the organizat ...
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Scouts: Tom Glavine would have made skilled NHL player
USA Today - about 3 years
'He was a great athlete, great hands and could score goals,' David McNab says
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Maddux, Glavine, Thomas Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
Wall Street Journal - about 3 years
Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas were elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame, the museum announced Wednesday.
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Maddux, Glavine, Thomas elected to Hall of Fame
Yahoo News - about 3 years
By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pitching team mates Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and slugger Frank Thomas were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in results announced on Wednesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Right-hander Maddux, who won four consecutive Cy Young awards from 1992 and compiled a career mark of 355-227, was the leading vote-getter, elected by a landslide with 97.2 percent of the 571 ballots cast. "Tremendous honor," Maddux, who came up with the Chicago Cubs and had a fastball that broke back over the inside corner to freeze left-handed hitters, told MLB TV. He and Maddux were team mates on the Atlanta Braves from 1993-2002.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tom Glavine
  • 2014
    Age 47
    On January 8, 2014, it was announced that he was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, in his first year of eligibility with 91.9%.
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  • 2011
    Age 44
    In 2011, Glavine became a color commentator for Atlanta Braves baseball games.
    More Details Hide Details Glavine and his wife Christine have five children. They live in Johns Creek, Georgia, and Glavine coaches his sons' baseball and hockey teams. Glavine is a Roman Catholic and has done a recorded piece for Catholic Athletes for Christ. Glavine is known for being humble about his accomplishments and an avid golfer, so a good friend, Jack Kennedy, gifted Glavine six dozen golf balls that display his uniform number, 47, on one side and the number of losses he had in his career on the other, 203. The gift was given around the time Glavine received the phone call that he would be a first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee.
  • 2010
    Age 43
    The Braves retired Glavine's # 47 on August 6, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Glavine, a left-hander, gradually lost velocity over the latter part of his career. Even at the end of his career, he was an effective starting pitcher in the National League due to his excellent control and deception, switching speeds, and locating pitches off the outside corner of the strike zone. His most common approach was to begin by locating his circle changeup off the outside corner, then follow with alternating fastballs and changeups to confuse the hitter. While batters frequently make contact with his pitches, the substantial movement he places on them makes drives very soft, resulting in easily fielded ground balls and fly outs. Glavine's consistency is also highlighted by his durability; since his first full year in 1988, he started at least 25 games every year and never being placed on the disabled list until his final season—at age 42. In addition to his excellent changeup and well-controlled fastball, Glavine has a plus-curve ball, a slider, and a tailing two-seam fastball. Despite being a left-handed pitcher, Glavine was often more effective against right-handed batters. Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully noted that this attribute is likely due to Glavine pitching from the extreme right edge of the pitching rubber.
    On the date of his retirement, Glavine agreed to take a job as a special assistant to Braves president John Schuerholz starting in the 2010 season.
    More Details Hide Details He would also serve as a guest analyst for some Braves games on SportSouth and Fox Sports South.
    On February 11, 2010, he officially retired from the sport, having strongly hinted at that decision throughout the past few months.
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  • 2009
    Age 42
    However, the Braves released Glavine on June 3, 2009, as he was completing his rehab assignment.
    More Details Hide Details On June 20, Glavine announced he wouldn't pitch for the rest of the season.
    On February 19, 2009, Glavine agreed to return to Atlanta by signing a $1 million, one-year contract that included another $3.5 million in possible bonuses based on roster time.
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  • 2008
    Age 41
    On August 14, 2008, Glavine appeared in his final game.
    More Details Hide Details He started against the Chicago Cubs, and he gave up 7 runs in only 4 innings. A few days later, he was placed on the disabled list because of a recurring shoulder injury.
    On May 14, 2008, Glavine won his first game with the Atlanta Braves since September 19, 2002.
    More Details Hide Details This was also his 304th win, and it occurred while the Atlanta Braves were playing against the Philadelphia Phillies. Coincidentally, both his win on September 19, 2002 and May 14, 2008, were against the Phillies.
    On April 18, 2008, Glavine was placed on the disabled list (DL) for the first time in his 22-year career.
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  • 2007
    Age 40
    On November 18, 2007, Glavine rejoined the Braves, seemingly bringing his career full circle, with a 1-year contract worth $8 million.
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    On September 30, 2007, Glavine started the final game of the Mets' 2007 regular season against the Florida Marlins.
    More Details Hide Details The Mets, tied with the Philadelphia Phillies, needed a win to either win the division or force a playoff game with the Phillies for the division. Unfortunately, Glavine made one of the worst starts of his career, allowing seven runs while recording only one out, with the Mets being eliminated from playoff contention with an 8–1 loss. Glavine declined a one-year, $13 million contract option for the 2008 season with the Mets on October 5, 2007, ending his time as a New York Met. However, he did collect a $3 million buyout when he declined the $13 million option.
    On August 5, 2007, Glavine won his 300th game, against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.
    More Details Hide Details In the game, he also was 1 for 2 with a run batted in and a walk. He pitched 6⅓ innings and won 8–3, bringing his lifetime record to 300–197. Glavine is the 23rd pitcher to win 300 games, and the fifth left-handed pitcher to do so, joining Eddie Plank, Lefty Grove, Warren Spahn, and Steve Carlton. Randy Johnson has since won his 300th game on June 4, 2009, becoming the 24th pitcher and 6th left-hander to do so.
    He started his fourth Opening Day game as a Met in the 2007 season.
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    Glavine re-signed with the Mets for the 2007 season, needing only 10 wins to reach 300 wins for his career.
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  • 2006
    Age 39
    Glavine finished the 2006 season with a fine 15–7 record and a 3.82 ERA, as the Mets won the National League Eastern Division, allowing him to make his first playoff appearance since leaving the Braves.
    More Details Hide Details He started Game 2 of the Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, pitching six shutout innings and surrendering only four hits to pick up the win, as the Mets went on to sweep the series from the Dodgers. He then started Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, pitching seven shutout innings to pick up the win, helped by Carlos Beltrán's two-run home run. Glavine's postseason scoreless innings streak ended in his next start. He suffered the loss in Game 5 while the Mets went on to drop the series to the Cardinals in seven games.
    Glavine and the Mets got a scare in August 2006.
    More Details Hide Details His pitching shoulder was tested for a blood clot because he was suffering from coldness in his left ring finger. This was originally thought to be a symptom of Raynaud's syndrome, which had been diagnosed in 1990. According to the pitcher, "Doctors... picked something up when they did the ultrasound." The results of that new test showed the problem could be treated with medicine, and Glavine resumed pitching on September 1, against the Houston Astros.
    The Mets' faith in Glavine was rewarded when he returned to his old form during the 2006 season.
    More Details Hide Details He finished one victory shy of the NL lead in wins and was selected to the All-Star team. That season Tom Glavine became the first Mets left-hander in nearly 30 years to start at least thirty games in four consecutive seasons.
  • 2005
    Age 38
    He started off 2005 slowly, but rebounded after advice from pitching coach Rick Peterson, who encouraged Glavine to begin pitching inside more often (including a change up in) and incorporate a curveball in his repertoire.
    More Details Hide Details Glavine's turnaround helped him earn National League Pitcher of the Month in September. He finished the season with a 13–13 record and a respectable 3.53 ERA.
  • 2004
    Age 37
    Glavine began 2004 well, highlighted by a May 23 one-hit shutout of the Colorado Rockies and selection to the National League All-Star team.
    More Details Hide Details However, he struggled again during a second half marred by losing front teeth in a car accident while riding in a taxicab. He went on to post a slightly better record, though still a losing one, going 11–14.
  • 2002
    Age 35
    Glavine's performance had slumped in the second half of 2002 and he was ineffective in his two postseason starts, so Atlanta refused to guarantee a third year on his contract.
    More Details Hide Details Glavine's first year as a Met was poor. For the first time since 1988, he failed to win 10 games, also posting his first losing record in that span, 9–14. He also allowed his first and only career grand slam, hit by José Vidro of the Expos on September 19. Glavine did get to enjoy a personal highlight at the end of the season, however, when the Mets called up his brother Mike to join the team.
  • 1995
    Age 28
    In addition to the championship won with the Braves in 1995, he also went to four other World Series with the team (in 1991, 1992, 1996, and 1999) in which the team lost to the Minnesota Twins, Toronto Blue Jays, and New York Yankees twice, respectively.
    More Details Hide Details In 2003, Glavine left Atlanta to play for the rival New York Mets, signing a four-year, $42.5 million deal.
    The Braves defeated the Cleveland Indians in 6 games in the 1995 World Series, and Glavine was named the Series MVP.
    More Details Hide Details He won two games during that series: Game 2 and Game 6. In Game 6, he pitched eight innings of one-hit shutout baseball.
  • 1993
    Age 26
    After the Braves acquired Greg Maddux from the Chicago Cubs in 1993, Glavine, Maddux, and Smoltz formed one of the best pitching rotations in baseball history.
    More Details Hide Details Among them, they won seven Cy Young Awards during the period of 1991 to 1998. Glavine won his second Cy Young Award in 1998, going 20–6 with a 2.47 ERA. Years later, after Glavine joined the Mets and Maddux played for the San Diego Padres, the three (along with Smoltz who still pitched for Atlanta) all recorded wins on the same day, June 27, 2007.
    He was elected to the Billerica Memorial/Howe High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993.
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  • 1991
    Age 24
    Glavine was the ace of the 1991 Braves' starting rotation that also included Steve Avery, Charlie Leibrandt, and another future NL Cy Young Award winner, John Smoltz.
    More Details Hide Details His season helped ensure a dramatic reversal in the Braves' competitive fortunes as they won the National League pennant and earned a trip to the World Series, though they lost to the Minnesota Twins in seven games. In an era of the diminishing 20-game winner (there were none in the majors in 2006 and 2009), Glavine became the last major league pitcher to win 20 games in three consecutive years (1991–1993). Atlanta, long thought of as a perennial cellar dweller, was lifted in the 1990s into one of the most successful franchises in the game on the strength of its stellar pitching staff and solid hitting.
    His fortunes turned around in 1991, when he won 20 games and posted a 2.55 earned run average.
    More Details Hide Details It was his first of three consecutive seasons with 20 or more wins, and saw him earn his first National League Cy Young Award.
  • 1987
    Age 20
    Glavine had mixed results during his first several years in the majors, compiling a 33–43 record from 1987 to 1990, including a 17-loss performance in 1988.
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    Glavine elected to play baseball and made his major league debut on August 17, 1987.
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  • 1984
    Age 17
    Glavine was drafted by both the Los Angeles Kings in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft (in the 4th round, 69th overall—two rounds ahead of future National Hockey League star Brett Hull and five rounds ahead of Luc Robitaille, both 2009 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees), and the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball organization in the 2nd round of the 1984 amateur baseball draft.
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    Glavine graduated from high school in 1984 with honors.
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    Glavine also played ice hockey alongside baseball. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, after scoring 47 goals and 47 assists in 23 high school games.
    More Details Hide Details Glavine was born in Concord, Massachusetts and raised in Billerica, Massachusetts. Glavine attended Billerica Memorial High School, where he was an excellent student and a letterman in ice hockey as well as baseball. He was a four-year member of the honor roll and the National Honor Society. In hockey, as a senior, he was named the Merrimack Valley's Most Valuable Player. In baseball, he led his team to the Division I North Title and the Eastern Massachusetts Championship as a senior.
  • 1966
    Born on March 25, 1966.
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