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Outside The Confines: The memory of Tom Seaver looms large

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The passing of a baseball hero leads headlines this week.

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A fact I had never really considered about the Mets is only two of the numbers they have retired are retired because of that man’s history as a player for the team. Sure, Gil Hodges played for the Mets during their first two seasons, but his incredible history as a player was largely with the Dodgers. It was his tenure as Mets manager that earned him a retired number. The other two non-Mets player numbers retired are Casey Stengel who was already long-retired from play when the Mets debuted in 1962; and of course, Jackie Robinson.

The players who made enough of a mark to earn a retired number are Mike Piazza and Tom Seaver.

Seaver spent parts of his 20-year career with multiple clubs, including a successful run with the Reds, but Mets fans hold a special place in their heart for number 41. Seaver, a Hall of Famer, had pretty much ever accolade a pitcher could hope to achieve: a World Series win, a whopping three Cy Young awards, Rookie of the Year, ERA titles, and a 12-time All-Star. He was a remarkable and beloved figure.

This week, Seaver passed away at the age of 75 from complications that arose from dementia and COVID-19. It’s safe to say his passing rocked the baseball world, and was naturally the major focus of most of the writing we’ll share today.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.