New York Mets: Legendary Pitcher Tom Seaver Passes Away

Tom Seaver, New York Mets. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Tom Seaver, New York Mets. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

Legendary New York Mets pitcher Tom Seaver, passed away at the age of 75 on Wednesday, following complications with Lewy body dementia and COVID-19.

Tom Seaver was one of the best pitchers, not only in the history of the New York Mets but in the history of Major League Baseball as a whole. When Seaver was elected into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992, he received the highest percentage of votes in the history of the Hall of Fame.

Obviously that has been surpassed since, with Mariano Rivera being elected unanimously, and Derek Jeter receiving all but one vote, but that just speaks to how good Seaver was.

Seaver won the National League Cy Young Award three times, won the National League Rookie of the Year in 1967, and helped the Mets win one of their two World Series in franchise history, as part of the ‘Miracle Mets of ’69’.

Tom Seaver is a Mets legend and is one of only four players (excluding Jackie Robinson) to have his number retired by the franchise. Until just last season, Seaver was the only pitcher in Mets history to win more than one Cy Young and is one of only four pitchers in Mets history to win the award.

Seaver amassed an impressive 311 wins over his 20-year career, 12 of which were with the Mets. Those 311 wins are good enough for 18th on the All-Time list and his 198 wins with the Mets give him the most in franchise history.

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Seaver also has numerous other Mets franchise records including ERA with a 2.57 ERA as a Met, WAR, innings pitched, strikeouts, complete games, starts, shutouts, and several others. Seaver also threw a no-hitter but did so with the Reds after leaving New York.

In addition to all of that, Seaver also ranks fifth in career strikeouts with 3,640. I could keep going on and on about Seaver’s accolades, but I think you get the point.

Tom Seaver was one of the best players in Mets franchise history, let alone pitchers, and his impact on the franchise is immense, leading them to one of their two World Series Championships in franchise history.

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Despite there being no fans at games, the Mets’ next home game will be Thursday against the Yankees where I would expect them to honor Seaver in some form.