Nicknamed “Tom Terrific” and “The Franchise,” Tom Seaver pitched from 1967 to 1986 for four different teams but is noted primarily for his time with the New York Mets.
During a 20-year career, Seaver compiled 311 wins, 3,640 strikeouts, 61 shutouts and a 2.86 earned run average. In 1992, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the highest percentage of votes ever recorded at the time.
Seaver’s impact was immediate. He won 16 games in each of his first two years, then towered to big-time heights in 1969 with a Cy Young Award-winning performance in which he won 25 games, including a 10-0 mark and 1.34 earned run average down the stretch; he then threw a ten-inning gem in Game Four of the World Series to elevate the Mets to their famous “miracle” championship.
If he were to return to pitch for the Mets, nostalgia would fill long-term Mets fans who knew and loved him, not to mention the team would benefit a great deal!
He is an icon to many and it would really make for an interesting season if he were to return! For this reason, I would choose “Tom Terrific” to pitch for my team (again) on opening day!