Thursday, February 11, 2010

Bye Glavine! Another lefty great retires

First Randy Johnson, now Tom Glavine. Baseball lost another great lefty pitcher to retirement when Glavine announced he would hang up his spikes after a long and successful career.

Glavine posted a 305-203 career record with a 3.54 and 2,607 strikeouts. He won the National League Cy Young award twice and was named to the All-Star team 10 times. He won 20 games five times, a remarkable feat in this baseball era.

Having passed the magic 300-win mark, Glavine's Hall of Fame credentials are certain. He and Johnson will make a helluva inductee class. He will go in with an Atlanta Braves cap as he won his only World Series championship with the team, but he did win that 300th game during his roller coaster tenure with the New York Mets.

I'm glad to hear Glavine isn't planning to walk away from baseball, taking a front-office job with the Braves. He was one of the smartest pitchers in baseball and a genuinely good guy. I hope he takes the opportunity to share his gift with the young pitchers who will follow in his footsteps.

Thanks to Jimmyack205 via Wikipedia for the photo.

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