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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

FanGraphs: Q&A: Tom Glavine, Hall of Fame Pitcher

As Tea For The Tillman pointed out…“This is better than “Living on the Black”.

Glavine on outperforming his peripherals: “I’m not a huge stat guy. I’ve always been a believer that if you took stats out of the game, you’d still know who the good players are, just by watching. When you start talking about guys who are Hall of Fame caliber, by and large, most of them probably performed better than they thought they could, or that a lot of people thought they could. That’s why they were able to have the careers they did. A common theme among them was they weren’t content; they were always looking to get better.

“For me, it was never about what I did last year, or what people were saying about me. It was ‘What can I do better than I did last year?’ and ‘How good can I be?’ That’s probably true for a lot of great players. They’re driven by something internal that’s hard to explain but gets them to a place they wouldn’t otherwise be. They outperform what people would realistically expect out of them.”

On the role defense played: “It played a huge role. Being a contact guy… believe me, it was nice to turn around and have Otis Nixon in center field, or Andruw Jones in center field — guys like that who could go get the ball. It was also nice to have Gold-Glove-type infielders behind me who I knew were going to make plays.

“That was one of the transitions I made from early in my career. I started getting better when I realized I could be pitching to contact and trusting the guys behind me. When those guys make plays, it becomes a lot easier to be aggressive and have that attitude of pitching to contact. It’s tougher to do when they’re making errors behind you. Inevitably, that plays on your mind. Fortunately, I had great defense behind me.

“In Atlanta, defense played a huge part in how we pitched. If we pitched the way we wanted to, and located the way we wanted to, our guys were going to be in position to make plays for us. Every now and then, they’d pick us up when we made a mistake.”

Repoz Posted: January 28, 2014 at 06:51 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Brian Posted: January 28, 2014 at 11:24 AM (#4647318)
Funny enough, if you just watched you may not have been that impressed with Glavine.
   2. Rants Mulliniks Posted: January 28, 2014 at 11:40 AM (#4647339)
if you took stats out of the game, you’d still know who the good players are, just by watching.


Not entirely true. When I watch Denard Span play ball, he appears to be the best player on the field.

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