Each week, we are profiling a former South Atlantic League All-Star, as we count down to the 2013 game in Lakewood on June 18th, 16 weeks from today.You can view the previous profiles by using the category sorter along the right side.
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This week’s SAL All-Star player profile is of 1985 Sumter Braves, Tom Glavine:
Tom Glavine was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1984 out of Billerica High School and began his career with the Gulf Coast League Braves that season. The southpaw went 2-3 with a 3.34 ERA in his first season before jumping to the Sumter Braves of the South Atlantic League in 1985.
With Sumter, Glavine posted a 9-6 record with a miniscule 2.35 ERA. He had two complete games, one of which was a shutout, and struck out 174 opposing batters in 168.2 innings. With those incredible numbers, the southpaw was tabbed a South Atlantic League All-Star.
Following his break out year in Sumter, Glavine backed it up with a 12-11, 3.88 ERA effort between Double-A Greenville and Triple-A Richmond. He made 22 starts in Greenville and won 11 of them with a 3.41 ERA. He struggled a little at the end of the Triple-A season, but made 22 starts for the Richmond squad before heading up to The Show for good in August of 1987.
1988 proved to be a rocky year for Glavine as he posted a 7-17 record with a 4.56 ERA, but he really never looked back after that. Over his 22-year career he went on to win 305 games and posted a 3.54 career ERA. He won 20 games five times, with a 22-6 record in 1993 being the high-water mark. Over his career he won a World Series, two Cy Young Awards, four Silver Slugger Awards, and made 10 MLB All-Star appearances.
Extra Base: Joining Glavine on the 1985 Sumter Braves were Jeff Blauser, Mark Lemke, and Ron Gant…All four would play in the 1991 World Series against the Minnesota Twins.