Tom Glavine, part of a potential Hall of Fame trio in Atlanta with Greg Maddux and John Smoltz, was voted into the hall Wednesday along with Maddux.
The 6-foot, 175-pound lefthander won 305 games in a 22-year career with the Braves and Mets. Some of his numbers leave him short of the upper echelon for a Hall of Famer (3.54 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 1.74 K/BB rate), but his durability is unquestioned.
Glavine averaged 33 starts and 215 innings per season, with most of his career coming in one of the game’s most offensive eras, and he ranks 30th overall in innings pitched and 12th in starts. He won two Cy Young awards, in 1991 and ’98, and finished in the top three six times while posting five 20-win seasons. He also clinched the Braves’ 1995 World Series championship with eight scoreless, one-hit inning in Game Six against the Indians.
Glavine was drafted by the Braves in 1984 in the second round, No. 47 overall, out of Memorial High in Billerica, Mass. He was selected 16 picks after future teammate Maddux and after players such as Dave Graybill (Expos), Scott Wade (Red Sox) and Karl Allaire (Astros).
See also: Glavine’s 1985 scouting report
See also: Glavine’s 1990 scouting report
He first popped up on Baseball America’s radar in June 1986, when BA contributor Larry Fleming wrote that Glavine “could be the best lefty in the minors.”
It has been said Greenville’s Tom Glavine could be the best lefthanded pitching prospect in minor league baseball. It has been said Glavine could be the next lefthanded pitcher on manager Chuck Tanner’s staff in Atlanta and could wind up in the big leagues by year end. It has been said Glavine, barely 20, is mature beyond his years. “All of that is true,” said Hank Aaron, vice president and director of player development for the Braves. “We think Tom is definitely a major league prospect. He goes about his business in the right way. We’re keeping an eye on him. He has gotten everybody’s attention here, not only me but (general manager) Bobby Cox and Tanner, too.”
Just to punctuate how long ago this was, the Braves’ manager was Chuck Tanner and Bobby Cox was the GM, having come to Atlanta after serving as Toronto’s manager.
Aaron said then he was hoping Glavine wouldn’t be rushed to the majors, but the lefty made it to Atlanta by 1987.
Glavine, meanwhile, had his own tough decision after he was drafted by the NHL’s L.A. Kings in the fourth round. He also had an interest in attending Harvard. He didn’t struggle with the choice, he told BA.
”It wasn’t all that tough of a decision,” he said. “It would have been tough if the Braves had come in and made an offer I wasn’t happy with. But they made an offer I was very happy with. That made it a lot easier.”
Instead of Harvard, Glavine went to Bradenton, Fla., to play in the Gulf Coast League in 1984. He moved to the South Atlantic League in 1985 and then Greenville, where he was first profiled by BA.
He reached Triple-A Richmond in 1986 and after time there in ’87, reached Atlanta for good in August of 1987.
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