“The thing that put me over the top,” he continued, “was developing a change-up.”
Glavine went on to win 20 games and his first Cy Young Award with a 2.55 earned run average in 1991, when the Braves lost the World Series in seven games to the Minnesota Twins.
He followed with 20-win seasons in 1992 and 1993 as well, making Glavine the last pitcher to win 20 games in three straight years.
Glavine won the second and sixth games of the 1995 World Series against the Cleveland Indians. He allowed one hit over eight innings in the latter as the Braves clinched the title with a 1-0 victory.
By then, the Braves had signed pitcher Greg Maddux as a free agent. Maddux and Braves manager Bobby Cox will be inducted into the Hall with Glavine on July 27, along with Frank Thomas, Joe Torre and Tony LaRussa.
“How could you possibly make something like (being inducted) any better? Well, that’s how,” said Glavine, whose second Cy Young Award came in 1998. “To go in with two guys that mean so much to me ... that’s the only way to make it better.
“It is a great group,” he continued. “It is great to be going in with two other guys that are great players. Certainly it is a classy group. On the manager side, you’ve got three guys that are certainly among the greatest managers in the game. It is really neat for me because it is a pretty good cross-section of guys I came across in my career.”
Glavine said he and Maddux have teased their Braves’ batterymate John Smoltz for waiting one more season to retire. Smoltz, who retired in 2009, will be eligible for election to the Hall by the BBWAA for the first time in 2015.
“After I got the phone call that day, Greg and I went on MLB (Network) and gave him a little grief,” he said. “That’s OK. He’ll be here soon enough, hopefully next year, and the circle will be complete.”