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Tom Glavine says goodbye to 2009.

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Glavine tips his cap to 2009.Tom Glavine won’t be pitching in 2009.

In a text message to an Atlanta television station (when did text messaging the media become acceptable?), Glavine stated, “I’m not going to pitch or do anything baseball related until at least next year.” He went on to say he’ll become a “full-time dad.”

Earlier this month, the 43-year-old lefty was unceremoniously released by the Atlanta Braves during his recovery from left elbow and shoulder surgery. The move came as a shock to Glavine and his teammates and also to the Atlanta fanbase. Atlanta management continues to draw the ire of fans because of its poor treatment of Glavine and priorly, John Smoltz.

During his 17 year career with Atlanta, Glavine won 244 games, two Cy Young awards, and eight All-Star nods. He’s fourth on the team’s all-time wins list and he, along with Smoltz and Greg Maddux, comprise a very special period in Brave’s history.

Glavine’s time with the New York Mets wasn’t without event, however. While with the team, Glavine won his 300th game in 2008 and earned All-Star appearances in 2004 and 2006.

There’s conflicting reports regarding other teams’ interest in Glavine. The pitcher has told media outlets that he’d received offers to pitch in the MLB in 2009, but according to some baseball analysts, he drew little attention.

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Written by dylansharek

June 19, 2009 at 12:59 pm

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