Everyone is saddened to hear the news that Mets hall of fame pitcher Tom Seaver passed away. From all accounts, Seaver was an amazing guy. He was one of those New York legends who almost seemed above life. Seaver was most definitely the Greatest Met of all time. He was the franchise and Tom Terrific. The reason the Mets are where they are today is because of Tom Seaver. You can even go as far as to say that he’s the real Mr. Met.
Tom Seaver died from complications of Lewy body dementia and Covid-19. He had retired from public life over a year ago because of his dementia. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and his daughters Sarah and Anne. His death was announced by the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday. His death seemed to have happened on August 31st, 2020. Every in the baseball community is heartbroken and saddened by the loss of one of the most dominant pitchers ever.
The Seaver lottery
Firstly in 1966, the Mets won a lottery between the Mets, Phillies, Braves, and Indians for rights to sign Tom Seaver. That was the luckiest piece of paper in Mets’ history. The Mets’ name was taken out of a hat that allowed the Mets to sign the greatest player in the organization’s history. MLB commissioner at the time William Eckert had ruled that the USC pitcher’s $40,00 signing with the Braves as illegal. That allowed the lottery to happen, which the Mets won. That may have been the luckiest day in Mets history.
His first 3 seasons
Ever since Seaver stepped on the diamond in a Mets uniform he was dominant. In 1967, Seaver won the NL rookie of the year. He had a 2.76 ERA, had 16 wins, 13 losses, and he recorded 2 shutouts in the rookie year. In 1968 he actually had his only career MLB save. Had a 2.20 ERA in 1968 as well.
Seaver is most known for his historic 1969 season. That year he won the Cy Young, placed second in MVP voting, had a 2.21 ERA, and the Mets just happened to win the championship that year. That may have been the best year of his entire career. He brought the Mets from a 100 loss a season guarantee to the best team in baseball.
More Seaver accolades
Seaver won two more Cy Youngs in his first stint with the Mets. 3 total CY Young awards in a career alone are amazing. In 1971, he somehow finished second in Cy Young voting although having a 1.76 ERA. A 1.76 ERA is amazing in any season in baseball, that was his career-high.
He was an All-Star in all but one of his 10 seasons in his first stint with the Mets. He’s definitely one of the best pitchers in baseball history. 42 shutouts in that first stint too, just adds to his amazing pedigree. Also won 189 games. Then 1977 happened.
Let’s start off with the most important thing that happened in 1977. The Mets traded Tom Seaver to the Cincinnati Reds. The Mets got Pat Zachary, Steve Henderson, Doug Flynn, and Dan Norman. Trade Deadline day June 15, 1977, was a day of reckoning when it comes to the Mets. The problem with all of this is that the Mets traded their greatest player in history over a contract dispute. Looking back on that trade after he died, just makes it seem even worse than the Mets traded Seaver.
Seaver was able to accomplish something he never did with the Mets, he threw a no-hitter. Seaver was very good with the Reds, he was all-star multiple times. His total record with the reds was 75-46, his total ERA was 3.18, and 12 shutouts in his 6 years in Cincinnati. He played 158 games with the Reds. As of a result of his trade to Cincinnati, the Mets went down to tunnel of losing. Overall, Seaver was good with the Reds. Besides, he wasn’t as good as he was in New York.
After a 5-13 season with the Reds, Tom Seaver returned to the big apple in 1983. Though it was a short return, it brought confidence back to the Mets. After the Mets traded Seaver, everyone in the organization knew that something was off. He also never wanted to leave New York, he certainly wanted to stay with the Mets his whole career.
So the return was just a symbol that the Mets knew that they should’ve kept him. Though this wasn’t necessarily a much as a baseball move as it was a move to make up wrongs from the past. But after is 9-14 season, the Mets fumbled it again and let Seaver go to the White Sox in free agency.
The end of his career
Seaver finished his career with the White Sox and the Red Sox. His final season was 1986, where he played with the Red Sox. If you know anything about baseball in 1986, and the Mets actually beat the Red Sox with a miracle in the world series. He retired from baseball at the age of 42. Seaver spent his after career well, in being a winemaker and he was a broadcaster with the Mets from 1999 to 2005.
My condolences go out to his family. He was one of the hardest workers in baseball history. He lived an amazing life, cut too short. As an effect, the Mets and Baseball community is just honestly really saddened by his death. As said before he had retired from public life in 2019, as a cause of his dementia. Also, the Mets changed the address of Citi Field to 41 Seaver Way, Queens in 2019. Tom Seaver will and should always be known as the greatest Met of all time. He will be remembered for his greatness without a doubt. Lastly, rest in peace Tom Terrific.