- Red Sox DFA John Smoltz
Three years of glory as a closer. Fourteen years as an anchor starter for Atlanta. Part of one of the greatest pitching rotations ever, Glavine, Maddux, Smoltz. A dream 1996 season, while the Summer Olympics were held in Atlanta, stealing the spotlight, Smoltz quietly went 24-8 with a ERA of 2.94, a WHIP of 1.00, and a league-leading 276 strikeouts, that year he won his only Cy Young award. Eight All-Star Game selections. A Silver Slugger award. Altogether eighteen years of greatness as one of the best pitchers of the game, going strong through his age 40 season. Then a year of the injury bug. But still he tried to make a comeback. He unceremoniously departed from the Braves in the 2009 offseason to start his comeback afresh, in a new league, with a new team, the Boston Red Sox. John Smoltz struggled mightily with the Red Sox this year. Nothing went right for him. At age 42, Smoltz has had a great career. But its time for him to accept that it’s over. Five years from now, he will stand next to his rotation mates, Glavine, and Maddux, as the anchors of the best rotation of their era enter the HOF together.
- Who Says The Cubs Offense Is Dormant
The Chicago Cubs are back. Well, not completely. But a offense that had been scoring about two runs a game coming back in the final two innings from huge deficits to win 6-5, and 8-7, certainly shows life. Yesterday against the Indians, Cubs starter Rich Harden struggled through five innings, giving up 7 runs. The Cubs offense managed to chip away a pair of runs of Cleveland ace Cliff Lee, who went seven innings. But in the eight inning, the Cubs came back, scoring four runs off relievers Joe Smith, Rafael Perez, and Matt Herges. The innings’ key hit came when injury replacement number eight hitter Andres Blanco, hitting just .220, drove a two-out, two-run base hit, going into the 9th, the Cubs were down 7-6, but that quickly changed when Derrek Lee blasted a one-out solo homerun, his second of the game to tie the score. Kevin Gregg kept the game tied in the top of the tenth, then Ryan Theriot drove a bad-hop single that scored Alfonso Soriano for the teams second straight walk-off win.
- Tom Glavine won’t play again in ’09, may retire
Tom Glavine will not retire. He is too big-headed to realize so quickly that no team wants him any more. Glavine must realize that this not the 90’s any more.
He has been injured, he has pitched ineffectively, he is 42. He is done, he had a great career, I wish him success in any future endeavors, but just retire already!!!!!!!
- When Will The Tom Glavine Drama End?
Tom Glavine is moaning that the Braves released him for purely financial reasons, and is demanding an apology. Sure there was some financial motivation, minor league salary over 5 million dollars. But who would you rather have, a 43-year old pitcher who’s averaging 82 mph on his fastball, or a 22-year old with a blazing fastball, and one of the top pitching prospects ever. The Braves have tried to cling to the past for too long, it’s time for Atlanta to move on.
- D-backs 9 Padres 6
A win is a win, or so it is said. A comfortable 5 run, traditional 9 inning win; is different from a 18 inning marathon, where you can’t score until you’re opponent has to bring in an infielder to pitch. Arizona better hope that their starter goes the distance tomorrow, or they’re in trouble.
- MLB Draft Notes
- Stephen Strasburg will break the bonus slot system
- The Padres are fools if they take Donovan Tate at number 3
- Redrafts Aaron Crow, and Tanner Scheppers will be top 10 selections