ATLANTA -- As a fully formed adult (6-foot-4, 205 pounds), Braves pitcher Mike Minor bears a closer resemblance to Hall of Fame-bound pitcher Randy Johnson than Hall of Fame-boundace Tom Glavine.
And yet, during Minor's formative years in Chapel Hill, Tenn., a town of 1,500 people nestled between Nashville and Chattanooga, he opted to emulate the style of Glavine -- in terms of changing speeds, mixing up pitches and nibbling corners.
"My dad always told me to pitch like Tom Glavine; he was a finesse-type pitcher who didn't really throw hard,"recalls Minor, a southpaw. "Randy Johnson, that guy's a freak ... being 6-foot-10 and throwing something like 98" (mph).
It's funny how Minor uses the "freak" description when reminiscing about Johnson, for his numbers from the final five starts of last season (4-0, 0.87 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, 289 K-BB) were eerily similar to The Big Unit, in his heyday. Freakish, if you will.
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