Team president issues apology

Friday, June 5, 2009 12:22 PM
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ATLANTA — An aggravated Tom Glavine said today that he wasn’t happy with how Atlanta handled his release and after his public comments Braves president John Schuerholz apologized for the club’s 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 Glavine’s 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 didn’t feel comfortable to me.

“I tossed and turned pretty much all night long, really, after we finished our meeting with Tommy, thinking about, here’s 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 didn’t make me feel good.

“It just doesn’t feel right for a guy of his caliber, his stature, his quality and that’s what I wanted to say.”

When asked if Glavine’s release could have been handled better, Schuerholz said “I think so. And that’s why I’m apologizing.”

Schuerholz said he hoped to personally apologize to Glavine.

Glavine said it won’t be easy to mend his relationship with the Braves, who said the decision was based on the 43-year-old Glavine’s 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. That’s all I can tell you. We all know Bobby is making decisions on winning the games. That’s 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 Wednesday’s 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.

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jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 06/05/09 - 12:26 pm
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Wait until they start

Wait until they start treating Bobby like NOTHING.... Wish he would move on *UGH*

Georgiais1
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Georgiais1 06/05/09 - 01:17 pm
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Its time for Tom to retire.

Its time for Tom to retire. Let the young guys play. He should thought about that before he left for the Mets.

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Lakefront1 06/05/09 - 01:56 pm
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I remember many years ago

I remember many years ago when the Braves let Ron Gant go. He was trying to regain his playing ability after a bad injury. I was upset with the Braves for a long time for the way they treated him. Finally, I realized, even tho it's a game to the fan, MLB is nothing more than a business. I agree that it's time for Glavine to retire. However, I think he would be valuable on a new level. He is very baseball smart. Wish the Braves would offer him something "upstairs". He will always be a Brave in my eyes even though his days on the field seem to be over.

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Tujeez1 06/05/09 - 03:07 pm
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Georgias#2, Baseball is a

Georgias#2, Baseball is a business, Atlanta didn't want to pay Glavine what he was worth at the time, so he was right to leave to go to the Mets or anywhere else he'd get what he was worth at the time. 43 is not that old for a pitcher like Tom Glavine. If he was a "heat" hurler, I'd say maybe. Atlanta treated Shmoltz the same way. There is no such thing as rewarding loyalty anymore...in ANY business. Sure, the company WANTS you to be loyal, as long as they see you benefiting THEM, but they(the companies) are loyal only to a dollar....and nothing or no one else. This is reinforced by their actions regarding Glavine. After he had worked so hard to recuperate and make a good show for the team, the managers balked on bringing him back up to the show, to save a lousy million dollar bonus they had contractually promised him. And this they probably put in every contract, to encourage injured players to do everything in their power to recover as quickly as possible from an injury, as to profit the organization. Too sad, but typical of the front office of the Braves. We NEVER watch them anymore, as THAT would profit the front office, and it sux! Has since Shurholtz left!

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Tujeez1 06/05/09 - 03:20 pm
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Lakefront, They let Ron Gant

Lakefront, They let Ron Gant go because they didn't want to pay him the mega-millions in his contract WHILE he recuperated from his injuries recieved in a motorcycle accident. It WAS all about money. Gant violated his contract by riding the Motorcycle (inherent risk avoidance clause)and the front office took their liberty and fired him to save the dough. Ron was a great guy, they should have re-negotiated the interim recuperative losses and kept him on board, they probably would have won the series three years later if they had. But, that's business, and no one has a crystal ball.

chatter90210
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chatter90210 06/05/09 - 07:29 pm
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Face it people...... This

Face it people...... This isn't our Braves team that won the World Series. We are just a notch above those teams from the 1980's right now. Just think...... Our kids will be able to remember how good the Braves are when they rebound in the next 5 - 10 years!

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JackBootedThug 06/05/09 - 07:38 pm
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Isn't it funny that Tommy

Isn't it funny that Tommy Glavine would get upset by being shown the door by the Braves? Yeah, it could have been handled better, but after what he did a few years ago, I say so what? He left the Braves for another million dollars from the Mets, the division rival. Now the braves gave him a million just to try out, ad he gets to keep it by the way! What a crybaby. Show a little class Tommy!

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LCC0256 06/05/09 - 10:15 pm
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Sports fans...it was the

Sports fans...it was the PLAYERS (in the Curt Flood case) that led to free agency that led to the end of "loyalty to team or fan") that turned all sports into big business for good never to return to the days of yesteryear... Players make MILLIONS OF DOLLARS... Many make more in a year than most of the fans will make in 20 (or a lifetime) Tom Glavine left the Braves several years ago for MORE MONEY...He is a union rep and knows exactly how this game is played...This is rather hypocritical methinks...

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