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Former Braves Stars Play Charity Golf Tournament

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Former Atlanta Braves pitchers John Smoltz and Tom Glavine will one day be in Cooperstown.

Those are just a few of the all-stars helping out the Chris Hammond Youth Foundation Monday at the Greystone Golf & Country Club.

"When I called John Smoltz and Tom Glavine and Brian Jordan and Zane Smith and Greg McMichael and they're like, 'shoot I'll be there when is it?'  I was like, you gotta be kidding me."

Hammond's foundation helps to construct and maintain athletic facilities in rural Alabama communities.

"Chris is doing good work in the community and helping out a lot of kids," Glavine said.  "I'm happy to come over here and be a part of it and raise much needed funds and make an impact in some kids lives."

Smoltz, Glavine and Jordan are all retired.   But they're not far from the game.   They're all behind the mic, pursuing broadcast careers.

"The broadcast thing has been fun," Glavine said.  "The game looks a lot easier when you're behind the microphone versus being on the field."

"One thing I want to do is stay relevant with the game," Smoltz said.  "I'm trying to learn about the young guys.   I still played with a lot of these guys that I already know.   It makes my job easier, but when the new guys come up I do a lot of homework."

While this year's Braves team looks to build toward that 1990's dynasty led by Glavine and Smoltz, the pair of ace pitchers like what they see right now from the team.

"They're leading the league in pitching and home runs," Glavine said.  "Anytime you have that combination going on, you're going to have some good success.  

"I like that team, they're going to score a lot runs.   They're pitching staff is going to keep them in the game most nights.   Keep fingers cross everyone stays healthy."

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