#1 – Tom Seaver: Terrific

Opening Day 2011 will be the 50th Opening Day in Mets history. To honor that, around here we’ll be counting down the top 50 Mets in team history, one every weekday from now until we’ve done ‘em all. Today, #1, Tom Seaver:

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G CG SHO IP HR BB SO ERA+
1967 22 NYM NL 16 13 .552 2.76 35 18 2 251.0 19 78 170 122
1968 23 NYM NL 16 12 .571 2.20 36 14 5 278.0 15 48 205 137
1969 24 NYM NL 25 7 .781 2.21 36 18 5 273.1 24 82 208 165
1970 25 NYM NL 18 12 .600 2.82 37 19 2 290.2 21 83 283 143
1971 26 NYM NL 20 10 .667 1.76 36 21 4 286.1 18 61 289 194
1972 27 NYM NL 21 12 .636 2.92 35 13 3 262.0 23 77 249 115
1973 28 NYM NL 19 10 .655 2.08 36 18 3 290.0 23 64 251 175
1974 29 NYM NL 11 11 .500 3.20 32 12 5 236.0 19 75 201 112
1975 30 NYM NL 22 9 .710 2.38 36 15 5 280.1 11 88 243 146
1976 31 NYM NL 14 11 .560 2.59 35 13 5 271.0 14 77 235 127
1977 32 NYM NL 7 3 .700 3.00 13 5 3 96.0 7 28 72 124
1983 38 NYM NL 9 14 .391 3.55 34 5 2 231.0 18 86 135 103
Lg W L W-L% ERA G CG SHO IP HR BB SO ERA+
NYM (12 yrs) 198 124 .615 2.57 401 171 44 3045.2 212 847 2541 136
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/24/2011.

A victory used to give me pleasure, and then a well-pitched inning, and now I get great satisfaction from just one or two pitches a game. I get in a situation where I have to apply everything I know, mentally and physically, on just one pitch. It all comes down to this pitch. I have to think what I should do and then make my body do it. That is a beautiful point to reach for an athlete. A light goes on in your head and you realize that everything you’ve done in your life has been for this moment. Things you’ve been building for years, things you never knew you were building, are right there to be used. Suddenly, you’re the most confident person in the world. You sense you can achieve perfection for just this moment.

- Tom Seaver

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5 responses to “#1 – Tom Seaver: Terrific

  1. Weird! I would have guessed Carlos Delgado.

    • Patrick Flood

      I thought about going with Delgado, but I felt like it was too obvious. I really wanted to mix things up by going with Seaver.

  2. Terrific says it all!!! He has been, and always will be, the class of this organization. I wish he would get some investors in line and go out an buy the Mets. We could then get rid of the “Wilpidiots”, stop will all of this old Brookly Dodger crap and make this franchise look and feel like the one we all fell in love with back in 1962.

  3. I was in doubt. I was gonna guess Lance Johnson.

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