|Done and done
Tom Glavine texted his almost-retirement to a television reporter last night, writing "I'm not going to pitch or do anything in baseball until at least next year. I want to be a full time dad."
I suspect that the reference to next year is just a charade and that, in reality, he knows he's never pitching again. To formally retire now would be to have been more or less pushed out of the game by Frank Wren and diminishing skills. If he waits until next spring to announce his retirement, however, he can tell himself and the public that, "hey, I was totally capable of pitching in 2009, but after taking some time and hanging out with my family, I realized I had nothing left to prove."
Which is fine by me. Tom Glavine has earned the right to do whatever the hell he wants to do, in my mind. If going out on his terms is what he wants to do -- even if they're his second or third choice of terms -- he's entitled to do so.