Today's special is this 1990 Braves Dubuque Tom Glavine card.
Tommy's vocabulary didn't include the word fast. Sure- his fastball could top out at 93-94 at times very early in his career, but for most of the time it sat in the mid-high 80's.
And while I may have been fasting of late, Mr. Glavine *never* missed a start. In fact, the man never went on the DL until his age 42 season (2008- his final season in the majors). You want dependable? You've got it. Glavine topped 200 innings 14 times in his 22-year career and 180 innings 19 times in the 20 full seasons he spent in the bigs. He also owns the MLB record for most starts without a relief appearance (682).
What's on the Plate
Tommy made his living on the outside of the plate, where he worked the corners- expanding the strike zone and preventing hitters from making good contact. He was even the subject (along with Mike Mussina) of a book called Living on the Black (a term taken from the edge of the plate), which chronicled the two New York teams' 2007 baseball season as two aging veterans pursue milestones in their distinguished careers.
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