ATLANTA An aggravated Tom Glavine said today that he wasnt happy with how Atlanta handled his release and after his public comments Braves president John Schuerholz apologized for the clubs approach.
Glavine, still seething as he talked indepth for the first time since his release on Wednesday, said the Braves knew they were going to release him on Tuesday afternoon but still paraded me out in Rome to a sold-out crowd for his minor league start that night against the Augusta GreenJackets.
That to me is extremely aggravating, Glavine said.
Hours after Glavines statements, Schuerholz issued an apology on behalf of the organization and myself personally for the way that it ended.
I want to offer an apology to Tommy, Schuerholz said. We made our decision, but the way the environment and the tone and the manner the end of it didnt feel comfortable to me.
I tossed and turned pretty much all night long, really, after we finished our meeting with Tommy, thinking about, heres this guy who has meant so much to our franchise, to the game of baseball, Hall of Famer. Represented our city in grand fashion. And the meeting ended in a way that didnt make me feel good.
It just doesnt feel right for a guy of his caliber, his stature, his quality and thats what I wanted to say.
When asked if Glavines release could have been handled better, Schuerholz said I think so. And thats why Im apologizing.
Schuerholz said he hoped to personally apologize to Glavine.
Glavine said it wont be easy to mend his relationship with the Braves, who said the decision was based on the 43-year-old Glavines performance in his minor league rehab appearances. But Glavine said, It usually is about the money.
Glavine would have earned a $1 million bonus by being added to the 25-man roster.
Braves chairman Terry McGuirk insisted Thursday the decision by general manager Frank Wren, Schuerholz and manager Bobby Cox was not based on finances.
I know they had a very tough time but it was purely and only on the merits of what gave us the best chance to win, no financial interest whatsoever involved, McGuirk said.
When asked if Glavine deserved at least one chance to complete his comeback, McGuirk said: Bobby was in the unanimous camp with all the decision-makers on this. Thats all I can tell you. We all know Bobby is making decisions on winning the games. Thats I think the greatest gut-check on this one.
Glavine said he believes he was released to clear the way for top pitching prospect Tommy Hanson to be promoted this weekend and to clear finances for Wednesdays trade with Pittsburgh for outfielder Nate McLouth. Hanson is scheduled to make his debut against Milwaukee on Sunday the day Glavine expected to pitch for Atlanta.