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Glavine feels cheated of chance to pitch

Glavine feels cheated of chance to pitch

ATLANTA -- As Tom Glavine continues to deal with the reality he'll never pitch for the Braves again, he says he never realized he was auditioning for a rotation spot while making Minor League rehab starts over the past three weeks.

"I just feel that I was somewhat betrayed and that people weren't totally honest with me about what was going on," Glavine said. "I don't think they were honest with me about what the decision came down to. Those of you who know me, that's not my personality. I'm very honest, very upfront and a very candid person. I like being treated that way and when I'm not, it bothers me."

After being released by the Braves on Wednesday, Glavine chose to calm his emotions before providing a public reaction. While speaking to the media on Friday, it was evident that he was still quite upset about a decision.

"There are a lot of emotions surrounding what is going on right now and I'm not going to sit here and say that I would never, never do another thing for the Atlanta Braves organization," Glavine said. "But right now, I sure as heck don't have that feeling of wanting to.

"Could things change? Of course they can. But right now, there aren't whole lot of things that I want to do to go out of my way to promote anything to do with the Atlanta Braves, based on the way that I've been treated."

When Glavine signed a bonus-filled $1 million contract in February, the Braves had visions of him making his regular season debut on April 18 and then spending at least the season's first two months in their starting rotation. When his troublesome left shoulder prevented him from making his debut on that date, he was provided every reason to believe he could still make three Minor League rehab starts and then make his regular-season debut on Sunday.

But after throwing six scoreless innings for Class A Rome on Tuesday night, Glavine returned to Atlanta and learned that the Braves had determined his stuff wasn't strong enough to provide the confidence that he'd find success against Major League opponents.

"Had I been told, you're going to go on a rehab and you're going to have to make the team again, then I think that becomes very different for me," Glavine said. "What I was told was here is your rehab schedule and if everything goes well, here's when you'll pitch in Atlanta. Everything went well. I was healthy and ready to go and that's not the way that it went."

With the firm belief that his velocity was stronger than it had been during Spring Training and at any point during the 2008 season, when injuries limited him to 13 starts, Glavine has been bothered by some of the performance-related comments that Braves general manager Frank Wren has made.

While saying that Glavine's success in Minor League rehab starts didn't equate to the determination that he'd be successful against big leaguers, Wren has also delivered the point that this emotional decision was based on the fact that the club believes it has a better chance to win with Tommy Hanson in its starting rotation.

"I told those guys if you have better options, then tell me that you have better options," Glavine said. "I've listened for the last day and a half about how bad I am, how bad I pitched, how I can't get anybody out in the big leagues. I've heard that stuff and I don't agree with it."

While driving to Turner Field on Wednesday afternoon, Glavine received a phone call that prepared him for what was going to transpire a short time later, when he was called to meet with Braves president John Schuerholz, Braves manager Bobby Cox and Wren.

"Quite honestly, I was looking forward to finishing my career here, pitching one last time, so to speak, and then walking off and being a part of this organization for the rest of my life," Glavine said. "I'm not so sure that is going to happen now. That opportunity wasn't discussed whatsoever with me. So I'm a little disappointed about that."

Glavine has received some offers to work as a pitching consultant with some other organizations and he's still contemplating the possibility of pitching again this year. But with his family's residence located in Atlanta, he's still not sure if he wants to spend time away from his wife and their five children.

"I'm curious to see what the interest level is," Glavine said. "Based on who that is and what that is, I'll assess that. But again, my priority in being here was to come home. It's going to take something pretty special for me to change that situation."

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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