ATLANTA -- When Tom Glavine was concluding his career at Billerica (Mass.) Memorial High in 1984, many scouts were placing a greater emphasis on what their radar guns displayed. Fortunately for the Braves, Paul Snyder and Tony DeMacio weren't members of this club.
"You couldn't get radar-gun freaky on Glavine because that wasn't going to happen," Snyder said. "But there was just something inside of him that you knew was there."
Once Snyder and DeMacio began attempting to sign Glavine, they met Fred Glavine and realized that the young hurler gained his determined approach from his father. But instead of persuading his son to pursue the opportunity to play hockey for the Los Angeles Kings, the elder Glavine provided the Braves with a future Hall of Famer.
Glavine was inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame on Friday afternoon and then had his No. 47 retired during a pregame ceremony at Turner Field a few hours later. Snyder, the legendary scout who was inducted into the club's HOF in 2005, and DeMacio, the club's current director of scouting, were among those who proudly watched both events.
While serving as an advance scout in Philadelphia nearly 20 years ago, Snyder crossed paths with Glavine's mother at the team's hotel and then found himself spending the next couple of hours conversing with the future Hall of Famer and his parents.
"I went down there to their room and then two hours later I was going back to my room to do that paperwork that I should have done two hours before," Snyder said. "I always felt real close. They were always a special family to me. Tommy is a pretty special guy. He's a different duck."
Kawakami focusing on slider at Triple-A
ATLANTA -- While spending the next couple of weeks with Triple-A Gwinnett, Kenshin Kawakami will attempt to further develop the slider that he began about five weeks ago, just before being removed from the Braves rotation.Looking to develop an offspeed pitch that he can consistently throw for strikes, Kawakami began throwing the slider while the Braves were in Chicago playing the White Sox. While he has shown some improvement with the pitch, he still hasn't had the chance to test it against opposing hitters. Kawakami pitched just one inning of relief after being removed from the rotation after his victorious effort against the Tigers on June 2. Once Kris Medlen slightly tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow Friday night, the Braves decided to send Kawakami to Gwinnett to make at least four starts and gradually rebuild his endurance. Highly regarded prospect Mike Minor will fill Medlen's rotation spot. To help the 21-year-old left-hander get comfortable before making his Major League debut Monday in Houston, the Braves will add him to their 25-man roster Saturday. This will allow him to interact with his teammates in the clubhouse and get a feel for the big league setting during the two games leading up to his debut.
Troy Glaus returned to the starting lineup Friday night. Manager Bobby Cox kept his first baseman out of the lineup the previous three games with the hope that he could mentally escape the frustration he'd felt while hitting .165 with a .220 slugging percentage since June 22. ... The Braves were scheduled to play the 20,000th game in the franchise's history Friday night. The franchise began in Boston in 1876 and moved to Milwaukee in 1953. Since moving to Atlanta in 1966, the club has played 7,102 games. ... Billy Wagner needs 10 strikeouts to match Jesse Orosco's record for the most recorded by a Major League left-handed reliever.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.