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Will Glavine Retire Or Return?

One of the silent questions of the offseason thus far surrounds one of the most decorated pitchers who put on a uniform at any point in 2007: Will Tom Glavine finally retire to spend more time with his family at his Atlanta-area home, or will he try to come back and pitch in 2008?

That's exactly the question posed by the New York Times' Murray Chass, who talked to Glavine and wrote about his uncertain future on his personal blog, murraychass.com. No idea why he would write and report the piece on his personal blog rather than via nytimes.com's Bats blog, and we're not about to speculate, either.

Regardless of reasons of sourcing, Chass's piece is an impressive reflection on Glavine and some of the factors that drive an aging player to keep on playing. While Glavine has an almost certain Hall of Fame ticket punched if he wants to retire now -- and if he does, he could walk in with former Braves teammate and friend Greg Maddux -- he claims to be torn because he still loves to pitch. Evidently, Glavine's call really will come down to health, which is no small matter; he's coming off elbow surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon that sidelined him after mid August ... and forced him to miss more than half of his first season back in Atlanta after finishing his prior contract with the Mets.

It's hard to tell what Glavine will decide, but Chass does shed light on one significant fact in the piece: If Glavine returns, it'll be with the Braves. That's not a shock, but it may seem a bit surprising, considering just how active Atlanta has been in chasing after other pitchers in the free agent market. Maybe that's an indication the Braves think Glavine will retire when all the cards are on the table?

By Cameron Smith  |  November 24, 2008; 1:32 AM ET
Categories:  Braves  
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Glavine said the same thing this weekend when interviewed for one of the XM Radio baseball talk programs. If he can't play for the Braves, he's not very interested in playing for anyone else.

Posted by: greggwiggins | November 25, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

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