Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine officially retire

According to MLB.com, two predominant figures in the 1990s have decide to hang up their cleats, as Frank Thomas and Tom Glavine have officially announced their retirement.

Glavine’s legacy in Atlanta will always be highlighted by the dazzling performance he produced in the clinching Game 6 of the 1995 World Series. His eight scoreless innings against the potent Indians lineup is celebrated just as much as the decisive solo homer delivered that evening by David Justice.

Regarded as one of the most determined pitchers to stand on a mound, Glavine made 672 starts and compiled 4,361 1/3 innings before making his first career trip to the disabled list during the 2008 season. A torn flexor tendon in his left elbow would necessitate two more trips and lead to the August surgical procedure, during which Dr. James Andrews also cleaned out some tissue around the veteran hurler’s left labrum.

For 19 seasons, Thomas tore apart opposing hurlers with his immense power and keen batting eye to the tune of a .301 average, an amazing .419 on-base percentage, .555 slugging percentage, 521 home runs and 1,704 RBIs. Sixteen of those years came on the South Side of Chicago, so it’s only fitting Thomas announced the end to what looks like a Hall of Fame-bound career Thursday night in the same city.

“The Big Hurt” definitely has a case for Hall of Fame enshrinement after winning back-to-back MVP awards in 1993 and 1994. The only thing that hurts (no pun intended) his chances of reaching Cooperstown is that he was primarily a DH, so he’ll be on the bubble when it comes time for voting.

Glavine on the other hand, should be a shoe-in for the Hall. He’s a two-time Cy Young winner, a 305-game winner and holds a career ERA of 3.54. Although this won’t have a barring on whether or not he gets into the HOF, he was also on the most dominant pitching staffs in baseball in the 90s.


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