Quote of the day

In baseball, my theory is to strive for consistency, not to worry about the numbers. If you dwell on statistics you get shortsighted; if you aim for consistency, the numbers will be there at the end.

~Tom Seaver

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RIP Tom Seaver

With a nickname like “Tom Terrific,” you know he was good at his job. Born November 17, 1944, Tom Seaver pitched for twenty seasons in Major League Baseball. Over the course of his career, he played for the New York Mets, the Cincinnati Reds, the Chicago White Sox, and the Boston Red Sox.

Seaver won the National League’s Rookie of the Year in 1967, and during his career, he won three NL Cy Young Awards. He was also a 12-time All-Star, compiling 311 wins, 3,640 strikeouts, 61 shutouts, and a 2.86 ERA. Just to pad the résumé a little, Seaver even threw a no-hitter in 1978.

Tom Seaver was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992. He passed away a few days ago, on August 31, 2020 from complications of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19.

Rest in peace.

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Quote of the day

A good professional athlete must have the love of a little boy. And the good players feel the kind of love for the game that they did when they were Little Leaguers.

~Tom Seaver

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This day in baseball: Seaver is Rookie of the Year

Tom Seaver won the National League’s Rookie of the Year on November 20, 1967.  The right-handed Seaver compiled a 16-13 record that season with a 2.76 ERA.

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This day in baseball: Seaver’s contract

Tom Seaver became the highest-paid pitcher in baseball pitcher on February 21, 1974 when he signed a one-year, $172,500 contract with the New York Mets. “He’s the best pitcher in baseball,” said Mets general manager Bob Scheffing, “and we’re paying him for what he is.”  Seaver pitched in 32 games in 1974, posting an 11-11 record with a 3.20 ERA and 201 strikeouts in 236 innings pitched.

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Tom Seaver (National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)


Quote of the day

I’m a huge advocate of pitching. You have to have good pitching as the solid core, the foundation. It keeps you in every game.

~Tom Seaver

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Quote of the day

In baseball, my theory is to strive for consistency, not to worry about the numbers. If you dwell on statistics you get shortsighted, if you aim for consistency, the numbers will be there at the end.

~Tom Seaver

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This day in baseball: Luck of the draw

In 1966, University of Southern California pitcher Tom Seaver signed a contract with Atlanta’s Richmond farm team.  Baseball Commissioner William Eckert voided the contract, however, due to Seaver’s having played two exhibition games already with USC.  Unfortunately for Seaver, signing a professional contract also left him ineligible to play any longer at the collegiate level.  When Seaver’s father threatened a lawsuit on his son’s behalf, a special draft was held, in which three Major League teams offered to match Richmond’s $40,000 contract.  The Indians, Phillies, and Mets all participated in the draft, where one team would be drawn from a hat.  The Mets won Seaver’s contract, and on April 3, 1966, Tom Seaver signed with New York with a reported $50,000 bonus.

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Baseball: Closeup of New York Mets Tom Seaver (41) during game vs Atlanta Braves. Atlanta, GA 7/9/1975 MANDATORY CREDIT: Walter Iooss Jr./Sports Illustrated SetNumber: X19696 TK1

 


One-hit wonders

“My job isn’t to strike guys out. It’s to get them out, sometimes by striking them out.”  ~Tom Seaver

“Relax, all right? Don’t try to strike everybody out. Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they’re fascist. Throw some ground balls – it’s more democratic.”  ~Crash Davis, Bull Durham

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Two one-hitters were thrown in baseball yesterday.

Boston’s Jon Lester threw his one-hit shutout against the Toronto Blue Jays.  It would have been a perfect game, except for the sixth-inning double given up to Maicer Izturis.  Retiring 27 of 28 batters using only 118 pitches, Lester improved his season record to 5-0.

Meanwhile, in St. Louis, rookie right-hander Shelby Miller started off the game by giving up a single to Colorado’s Eric Young, but then proceeded to retire the next 27 batters.  Miller recorded thirteen strikeouts during the game, eight of which were called, and improved his record to 5-2.

Congratulations to these two gentlemen on their fine performances.

Shelby Miller (Source: MLB.com)


This day in baseball history: Seaver’s game of K’s

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On 22 April 1970, during the pregame ceremony, New York Mets pitcher Tom Seaver was presented with the 1969 Cy Young award.  In the game that followed, Seaver struck out a record ten consecutive batters as he led the Mets to a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres.  He struck out nineteen total hitters over the course of the game, which tied another Major League record.  Even better, four of those batters struck out looking.

I guess Seaver didn’t want to leave any doubt that he really did deserve that Cy Young, eh?