This is the third article about Greg Maddux’s number being retired I’ve seen which focuses on this:
The bows and hosannas were expected to go much smoother than this.
Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and John Smoltz, the centerpiece players of
the Atlanta Braves’ run of 14 division championships, would be honored,
one by one, by being inducted into the Braves’ Hall of Fame and having
their numbers retired.
Maddux goes first Friday, but Glavine and Smoltz, casualties of the business of baseball, will not be on hand.
The article — and similar artiles in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and USA Today
— make much of Glavine’s absence and talk about the acrimony
surrounding his release from the club, trying, it seems, to turn this
into a story about Glavine snubbing the Braves. Which makes no sense
given the fact that all of the articles mention that Glavine is going
to be at his son’s baseball tournament, and which Glavine really
doesn’t want to miss after missing such events for 20 years. And that
Glavine recorded a video message to play at the ceremony. And that he
says the circumstances of his departure from the team have nothing to
do with it.
There’ no there there, folks. Move along.
Cubs infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with back soreness. The move is retroactive to April 14. While it doesn’t appear to be the precursor to any serious injury, Zobrist has already missed six straight days of activity after feeling his back tighten up last weekend. Should he see the minimum time on the DL, as expected, he’ll be eligible to return by the start of the Cubs’ series against the Indians on Tuesday.
Prior to his injury, the 36-year-old outfielder raked an impressive .326/.408/.465 with three extra-base hits in 49 plate appearances. He last appeared for the Cubs during their homestand last weekend and helped propel the team to a 14-10 win over the Braves with three hits, two walks and two RBI. Provided that he can remain healthy going forward, it’s a promising start for the veteran outfielder, who has yet to return to the All-Star-worthy numbers he posted with the club in 2016.
With Zobrist sidelined for the time being, Ian Happ and Albert Almora Jr. have shared the leadoff spot and center field duties over the last week. Happ went 0-for-8 with six strikeouts in two games before passing the baton to Almora, who collected five hits and two RBI in 11 at-bats.