It shouldn’t shock anyone to see Tom Seaver’s name at the end of any Mets-related countdown about the best. With 98.84 percent of the vote in his first chance to make it into Cooperstown, it’s a well-known fact that Tom truly was terrific.
What makes Seaver so great?
Just in case you’ve been living under a rock or never picked up a history book, let’s review.
From his debut with the Mets in 1967 until he was traded midway through 1977, he was an All-Star in every season except for one.
His lone “bad year” with the Amazins included an 11-11 record and 3.20 ERA in 32 starts during the 1974 campaign. Of course, in typical Seaver fashion, he won the Cy Young the year prior and after.
Seaver won a total of three Cy Young Awards with the Mets. He should have won the award in 1971 as well when he put together possibly the best year of his career.
It’s hard to believe a guy with 20 wins and a 1.76 ERA could not win the league’s best pitcher award. The honors did go to fellow National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins who won a few more games, but had an ERA about a full run higher.
In parts of 12 seasons with the Mets, Seaver won 198 games, while pitching with a 2.57 ERA. The latter would look much better if not for the 3.55 ERA he posted in his return to New York in 1983 when a more fractured Seaver went just 9-14.
This only scratches the surface of Seaver’s accomplishments. With more advanced statistics now available in the computer age, he surely has even more league-leading numbers to back up his claim at greatness.
Not only is Seaver the greatest Mets player of all-time, but he is also one of the best to ever step on a baseball diamond.