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BTF poster and Braves fan, Sam Hutcheson, responding to John Smoltz’s critical comments about the Braves’ release of Tom Glavine:

John Smoltz is a sanctimonious prick. I hope his shoulder falls off.

Frank Wren’s job is not to assemble an old-timers squad from the Braves’ HOF. Tom Glavine is 43, throws 80 on a good day and had to use guile and craft to get out A-ball hitters. Tommy Hanson is 22 and throws 6000 miles per hour.

F**K John Smoltz.

The fact that I can (a) see Smoltz’s side of things; (b) see Sam’s side of things; and (c) still laugh my butt off at this comment means that I’ll probably get past this Glavine business sometime after lunch today.

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  1. Nate said...

    While it sucks for a guy like Tom Glavine, a 300+ game winner, to get released like that after showing some promise in his rehab the move totally makes sense.

    Frank Wren doesn’t get paid to make us fans from other teams feel good about giving guys like Glavine a shot at coming back with the team they started with to “give it one last go” or to “go out on their terms”. He gets paid to put a winning baseball team on the field and they believe that Tommy Hanson is a piece of that, and Glavine isn’t. I don’t disagree.

    I just am not looking forward to the time when some tough choices need to be made about David Oritz if he continues his year long tour de suck.

  2. themarksmith said...

    I would like to mention something about everyone blaming (or at least continually bringing up his name in connection with said incident) Wren for this. Schuerholz and Cox were both in the same room. Schuerholz, at least, could have gone over Wren’s head to make Glavine get a start or two, and we wouldn’t have even known about it. I’m guessing they were also on board with releasing Glavine even if it’s just Wren’s name on the release form. So, if we want to blame Wren, can we also blame Schuerholz and Cox?

  3. Richard in Dallas said...

    There comes a time in every ballplayer’s career when it it time to hang up the cleats.  While that time is determined by Mother Nature, the duty of recognizing the signs fall on one of two entities:  the ballplayer himself; or the team that issues him his paychecks and counts on him to contribute on the field.  I believe that in the vast majority of cases, the ballplayer makes the call, and it’s usually between seasons.  In this case, however, the team made the decision, and it was in the middle of the season, so it got a lot more hot press.  Sad to see him go, especially under these circumstances, but it’s a decision that needed to be made, and could/should have been made by the man himself…..

  4. RoyceTheBaseballHack said...

    At this time, I am leaning toward having my FB status set all weekend on,
    “John Smoltz is a sanctimonious prick. I hope his shoulder falls off.”
    I can only hope my FB buddies laugh half as hard at it as I have for the last 20 minutes.

  5. Jim C said...

    Don’t be so wishy-washy Sam. Tell us how you really feel. I’ve seen Hanson pitch, and I don’t think he’s ready for major league hitters. He doesn’t hide the ball at all, his fastball doesn’t move enough, and he does not have sufficient command of his other pitches. He may be good later, but I think he’s going to get lit up now.

  6. Sam Hutcheson said...

    I’m sure Hanson will take his lumps as the fifth starter.  I’m also sure those lumps will be molehills in comparison to the mountains of pain a 43-year old Glavine rehab would inflict.  And really, this isn’t even about Hanson.  It’s about old, formerly truly great players who can’t come to grips with the fact of the “old” and the “formerly” bit.  Smoltz, the sanctimonious prick, is still nursing a bruised ego because Atlanta didn’t agree to pay him FIVE MILLION DOLLARS to make one AA rehab start (to date.)

    F**k John Smoltz.

  7. James Blakely said...

    It is LONG SINCE TIME for the Atlanta Braves to move on with Glavine and give one of the “kids” the ball.  Tommy Hanson is as ready as he will ever be to pitch in the show.  And poor Glavine will get picked up by some team still in the race later this season.  As for Smoltz, this Braves fan ALSO believes that Smoltz is a sanctimonious prick, and I, too, hope his shoulder falls off.

  8. Jim said...

    “The fact that I can (a) see Smoltz’s side of things; (b) see Sam’s side of things; and (c) still laugh my butt off at this comment means that I’ll probably get past this Glavine business sometime after lunch today.”

    No, Craig, it just means that you’re a good lawyer.

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