Tom Glavine back to the Atlanta Braves: After pitching the first 16 years of his career with the Braves, then five years spent with the rival Mets, Tom Glavine was back in a Braves uniform last season. However, his great homecoming story was cut short by an elbow injury that required surgery, after which many thought he would hang ’em up. However, it was announced today that he is coming back to the Braves for one (presumably final) season. Hey, as long as he can still paint that outside corner, he can still win 10 games.
Ken Griffey Jr. back to the Seattle Mariners: After spending his first 11 star-studded seasons in a Mariner uniform, KGJ left for his hometown of Cincinnati for eight years, where injuries plagued his performance to the point where he became a shell of his former greatness. During the mid-1990s, when I was just getting into the Minnesota Twins and baseball in general, my favorite single player was Griffey (sorry Ron Coomer, you just didn’t cut it for me…!). I loved the mammoth dingers he would crush and the confident (bordering on cocky, but he could back it up) way he carried himself. Thus, although he’ll likely never hit as many as 35 homers in a single season again, it will be fun to see that bat-waggling, uppercut swing back in Seattle (although it will be a little wierd not observing it in the Kingdome!).