OK, that’s not really what the noted social commentator had to say. But former Atlanta hurler John Smoltz was unsparing in his remarks regarding the Braves’ unceremonious dumping of former teammate Tom Glavine yesterday, insisting “he’s at a point in his career where this was probably going to be the only situation that he would have worked this hard to try and come back.” From Fox Sports’ John Paul Morosi :
“That’s not how you treat people,” Smoltz said after Boston’s 10-5 victory over Detroit on Wednesday. “He didn’t have a chance to fail at that level. … That’s not how you go about it. But they’re in control. They make those decisions. They’ve made a lot of them lately.”
“Like a lot of things lately, they handled it in a very interesting way and one that leaves you scratching your head,” Smoltz said. “It’s unfortunate for Tommy. Obviously, I’m using a very soft word in ‘disappointed.’ That ain’t right, to go that far in rehab ” then, right before the time, do that.
When asked if he thought the decision was financially motivated, Smoltz said, “I know too much. Let’s just put it that way.”
Smoltz said the Atlanta organization has “changed a few times, ever since Ted left,” in reference to former owner Ted Turner. Smoltz found it curious that Glavine’s velocity was cited as a reason for the move, saying, “For them to talk about his velocity is kind of funny. No one’s ever talked about his velocity before.”