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    Re: Tom Seaver Passes Away

    There was a great article written by Pat Jordan called “The Constant Gardener” focusing on Seaver’s life post baseball. I can’t find it anywhere but if you find it then it’s a must read.

    RIP to one of my favorites!!!
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    Re: Tom Seaver Passes Away

    He was one of the few baseball players I respected as a man.

    RIP Tom. Sad news.
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    Re: Tom Seaver Passes Away

    Smart guy, listening to him was almost as good as watching him pitch

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    Re: Tom Seaver Passes Away

    I used to do baseball card conventions in the 90’s which featured MLB stars signing for fans. It made me realize, never meet your heroes.

    Tom Seaver, on the other hand, was one of the few players that was a joy to meet and be around. He was 100% class the whole time, kind, generous, grateful and smart. So smart about baseball or anything, I could have listened to him talk for hours.
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    Re: Tom Seaver Passes Away

    Quote Originally Posted by 757690 View Post
    I used to do baseball card conventions in the 90s which featured MLB stars signing for fans. It made me realize, never meet your heroes.

    Tom Seaver, on the other hand, was one of the few players that was a joy to meet and be around. He was 100% class the whole time, kind, generous, grateful and smart. So smart about baseball or anything, I could have listened to him talk for hours.
    That's interesting. I thought your post was going to take a different turn. Seaver had a rep of being crusty with people at times.

    He was a true legend. A master at his craft. I wish the Reds had won a title with him.
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    It's an interesting story as how Seaver became a Met. He was drafted by the LA Dodgers in the June 1965 in the 10th round. Seaver felt that he could do better than that, so he did not sign. In the January, 1966 phase of the draft he was picked in the 1st round by the Atlanta Braves. He would eventually sign a contract with the Braves, but it was while the college season was going on, so the Baseball Commissioner voided the contract. Now, since he signed a pro contract, he was ineligible to compete at the college level. He was, effectively, neither a pro nor an amateur. Spike Eckert then announced that any team interested in signing Seaver as a free agent had to agree to pay him at least 40,000 (what he would have signed with Atlanta for). Three clubs agreed and the names of the Indians, the Phillies and the Mets were dropped into a hat. Literally. Eckert drew the Mets card, and the rest is history.

    Seaver was picked 20th in the January draft. The Reds, picking 10th, selected Dan McGinn.

    https://www.talkingchop.com/2020/2/2...aver-mlb-draft

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kc61 View Post
    Over a full career (excluding Koufax who retired early), I never saw a better pitcher than Tom Seaver.

    Terrible news.
    So I'm old, but not THAT old. My only memory of Tom Seaver was when he was a White Sock/x during the brief period of my youth when we lived there, and I didn't know enough to know how fugly those uniforms were. So: not overwhelming memories.

    Moving to SW Ohio meant that hearing about Reds History enhanced my understanding of how good he was, but I still don't think I fully grasped it until I decided to just go give his b-ref page a once over:

    1) The man played 20 seasons
    2) The man started 646 games.
    3) That means he started 32 games, on average, per season.
    4) So he basically made every start in every season, save one partially injured shortened one (we will not hold the strike-shortened one against him).
    5) His career ERA of 2.80-ish is amazing.
    6) More amazing, 15 of his 20 seasons all fell within the range of 2.20 and 3.20... and 3 of those were among his final 4 seasons, when he was no longer at his peak.
    7) And one of them was a season when his ERA was 1.80. Ahem.

    You really do not get that kind of consistent production spread out evenly over 20 years, ummmm, ever. I learned something tonight.

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    Just bought his 67 rookie card about a month ago. Remember his knee was always dirty? Perfect form. He really used his legs to get power on his fastball. RIP Tom.

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    I'm glad he's no longer suffering. Lewy body dementia is horrible and it only gets worse.

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    Re: Tom Seaver Passes Away

    I saw Seaver pitch many times as a Red and as a Met.

    I was there when the Reds won game 1 of the 1973 NL Playoffs 2-1 vs Seaver and the Mets

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    Re: Tom Seaver Passes Away

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Madden View Post
    I saw Seaver pitch many times as a Red and as a Met.

    I was there when the Reds won game 1 of the 1973 NL Playoffs 2-1 vs Seaver and the Mets
    I think that was a walk off homer by Bench?

    I have a framed Tom Seaver poster in the basement. I need to hang it up somewhere soon.
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    Re: Tom Seaver Passes Away

    Quote Originally Posted by goreds2 View Post
    I think that was a walk off homer by Bench?

    I have a framed Tom Seaver poster in the basement. I need to hang it up somewhere soon.
    Yes. Rose homered in the 8TH and Bench homered in the 9th.
    If I remember correctly Seaver knocked in the Mets run with a double

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    I still remember my amazement when I heard the Reds traded for Tom Seaver. And for five years I walked around convinced MY team had the best pitcher on the planet. When you're a kid that's like magic. Sad to hear he's passed, but he's an indelible memory to those of us who saw him pitch.
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    The archetype of what an ace #1 starting pitcher should be. An all-time great pitcher, and an extremely intelligent person who I always enjoyed listening to when he talked about baseball.

    This should probably be a sticky.
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    I’m not quite old enough to remember him, but I know this much: people who were watching when he was in his prime usually say he’s the best they ever saw. That’s really all I need to know about how good he was. RIP.


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