Glavine is Done ... For Now
Well, now we know that Tom Glavine won't come back to pitch for the Nats ... or anyone, this season.
Glavine disclosed that he has no plans to sign with a new team this season in a conversation with Buck Lanford of FOX 5 Atlanta. Proving that even he is hip with modern technology, Glavine shot Lanford a text message that spelled out the end of his season, though not necessarily the end of his career. Here is, quite literally, what it said:
"I'm not going to pitch or do anything in baseball until at least next year."
So, there you go. Glavine has spoken about his desire to be a full-time dad, and the combination of his return to the Atlanta area -- the force that drove him from re-signing with the Mets two offseasons ago -- and his own limitations were enough to keep him from attempting another comeback this season.
The question now is whether those forces are enough to keep him from another comeback altogether. With Washington's young pitching a year older next season, there's little doubt that the Nats would be interested in bringing in an experienced head like Glavine to try and tutor budding aces. Would Glavine be receptive to such an arrangement?
That may depend largely on his family, and on how he is as a "full-time Dad". Then again, it may also depend on market forces. As much as Glavine may want to come back and pitch after essentially being forced into taking a year off, we imagine he's not going to throw the ball for less than decent market value, and who knows if he can get that from his Atlanta connection Stan Kasten.
Thoughts? Would Glavine be a good D.C. addition come 2010? Will he ever pitch again?
June 19, 2009; 2:08 PM ET
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