John Schuerholz publicly apologizes to Tom Glavine for the club’s handling of the southpaw’s release on June 5, 2009.
The Braves’ president, who chose not to give the future Hall of Famer a million dollar bonus by adding him to the 25-man roster, doesn’t regret the decision, but for “the manner in which it was portrayed and explained” to the veteran pitcher.
Yee Gads, is that really an apology? Tom Glavine deserved much better than that.
As background, On February 19, 2009, Glavine agreed to return to Atlanta by signing a $1 million, one-year contract that included another $3.5 million in possible bonuses based on roster time. However, the Braves released Glavine on June 3, 2009, as he was completing his rehab assignment. On June 20, Glavine announced he wouldn’t pitch for the rest of the season. On February 11, 2010, he officially retired from the sport, having strongly hinted at that decision throughout the past few months.
On the date of his retirement, Glavine agreed to take a job as a special assistant to Braves president John Schuerholz starting in the 2010 season. He would also serve as a guest analyst for some Braves games on SportSouth and Fox Sports South