RIP Tom Seaver

By on September 5, 2020

On Wednesday September 2nd, Tom Seaver also known as Tom Terrific or “The Franchise” passed away after a battle with dementia. This was a day many baseball fans have feared as it was announced he was retiring from public life early in 2019. Considered by many as the greatest Met of all time, Tom had a wonderful career that saw him getting inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992.

            Beginning his career with the Mets in 1967, he showed right away he was a superstar in the making. He was an all-star, had a 2.70 era and concluded the year by winning the National League Rookie of the year award. He would continue his domination once again with a 2.20 era in 1968. The following year in 1969, Tom Seaver was the ace on the “Miracle Mets” when they went on to win their first World Series title in franchise history. This was also the first season that the Mets had a winning record. This year saw Seaver going 25-7 with a 2.21 ERA and he also finished second in National League MVP voting behind the legendary Willie Mcovey.

            Throughout the 1970’s Seaver would continue his domination with the Mets. In his tenure with the Mets there was only one season in which he had an ERA over 3.00. Not only would Seaver dominate with his numbers, but he also ate a ton of innings. When he was with the Mets he never had a season where he threw less than 230 innings and had less than 12 complete games. Those numbers would be unheard of in today’s era of baseball.

            The trade deadline in 1977 has been referred to most as the darkest day in Mets history. After a salary dispute, the Mets did the unthinkable and traded Tom Terrific away to the Cincinnati Reds. Seaver’s stats with the Mets were incredible in every way and showed how dominant he actually was.  He Helped bring life to the Mets and was a key contributor on their 1969 World Series team.

            Once on the Reds, Seaver would continue to pitch at a high level where he won 75 games and had 42 complete games. After a 6 year, stint with the Reds, Seaver made a return to the Mets for a year but he was not nearly as dominate as he was earlier in his career. He spent the later part of his career with the Chicago White Sox. On August 4th, 1985 Seaver had one of the most memorable moments of his career when he recorded his 300th career win against the Yankees. To this day, there are only 24 pitchers in the history of the game who have reached 300. Seaver spent the last year of his career on the Red Sox in 1986 but he was not nearly effective as he was early in his career. Although the Red Sox faced the Mets in the World Series that year, an injury earlier in the season cost Seaver from making an appearance in that year’s post season.

            In 1992, Tom Seaver joined baseball immortality. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame after receiving 98.84% of possible votes. At the time, that was the highest in history only to be passed by Ken Griffey Jr, Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. Seaver and Mike Piazza are the only players to be wearing a Mets cap on their plaque at the Hall of Fame.

            In the franchise’s first game since his passing, the Mets did their best to pay homage to one of organizations all time best. A tribute was displayed on the screen in center field and a moment of silence was held. In an ultimate way of paying respect, Mets players rubbed dirt on their right knee before the game since that was how Seaver’s pants often looked after a start. The Mets came back multiple times in the game, which was capped off by a Pete Alonso walk-off homerun. The night was finished by an emotional Howie Rose calling the home run on the radio. A Tom Seaver statue will be up at Citi Field sometime in 2021 and Mets fans will never forget the impact he had on the team and the game of baseball.

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