MLB Weekly Digest September 7th Edition: New York Mets Icon Tom Seaver Passes Away at 75

MLB Weekly Digest September 7th Edition: New York Mets Icon Tom Seaver Passes Away at 75

The previous week in MLB was about an iconic player passing away, a starting pitcher in the National League reaches a milestone, and an outfielder makes history.

New York Mets Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver Passes Away at 75

Tom Seaver, regarded as one of the best starting pitchers in history and an icon with the New York Mets, passed away at the age of 75.

Seaver died in his home in California last Monday due to Lewy body dementia and COVID-19, per a statement by his family the Baseball Hall of Fame released.

Seaver retired from public life last year after he was diagnosed with dementia.

The Mets released a statement on the passing of Seaver.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark made remarks about Seaver passing away:

The right-hander began his career at USC and was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1966, but MLB voided the pick because he was not signed until after the season for USC started.

The Mets signed him to a deal worth $51,500.

He made his debut the next year in 1967 and won the National League Rookie of the Year Award.

The first season was a sign of more extraordinary things to come, as two years later, he compiled a 25-7 record with a 2.21 ERA in 273 1/3 innings pitched in 1969 to win the NL Cy Young Award and helped the Mets win their first World Series.

Seaver had a phenomenal 20-year career with the Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, and Boston Red Sox.

He won 311 games with a 2.86 ERA and recorded 3,640 strikeouts over his career.

He was a 12-time All-Star, won three NL Cy Young Awards, tossed a no-hitter with the Reds in 1978, and his 10 straight strikeouts during a game in 1970 remains an MLB record.

Seaver is one of only 10 pitchers to have 300-plus wins and 3,000-plus strikeouts. The 3,640 strikeouts by the stellar pitcher are the sixth-most in MLB history.

From 1968-76, he had nine consecutive 200-strikeout seasons, the longest streak in MLB history, per ESPN Stats & Info.

The Mets retired his No. 41 in 1988, which made him the first player in club history to earn that distinction.

The pitcher known as “The Franchise” was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1992 after receiving a then-record 98.8 % of the vote.

Seaver was the only pitcher in the divisional era to win 250 or more games with a career ERA below 3.00, per Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

One interesting fact about Seaver is he is one of three Hall of Famers from USC; the others are starting pitcher Randy Johnson and former general manager Pat Gillick, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.

Seaver’s former teammates mentioned he had high character and how much of a competitor he was:

Seaver was a transcendent pitcher who left countless memories for millions of fans and will be missed.

Los Angeles Dodgers Starting Pitcher Clayton Kershaw Reaches Milestone

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw reached a milestone in his last start against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

He became the 39th pitcher to record 2,500 strikeouts.

He is also the fifth pitcher to reach this mark by his age-32 season.

The other pitchers to achieve this feat were Nolan Ryan, Walter Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and Tom Seaver, per Jason Catania of MLB.com.

He is the third-youngest pitcher in MLB history to reach 2,500 strikeouts, per MLB Stats.

In terms of games played (353), only three other pitchers have struck out 2,500 batters in fewer games than Kershaw.

Those three are Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan, and Max Scherzer, per MLB Stats.

Kershaw has a stellar resume worthy of Cooperstown.

The only thing missing for Kershaw is a World Series title.

San Francisco Giants Outfielder Alex Dickerson Makes History

San Francisco Giants outfielder Alex Dickerson made history in last week’s game against the Colorado Rockies.

Dickerson became the 15th player in MLB history to record five extra-base hits in a game.

He had three home runs and two doubles in a 23-5 blowout to tie Willie Mays for the team record of 16 total bases in a single game.

He is the first Giants player since at least 1901 with five extra-base hits in a game, per Sarah Langs of MLB.com.

The last player to tally five extra-base hits in a game was St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter in July 2018.

The Giants also made history in the game against the Rockies as they are the first team since RBI became official in 1920 to have three players with six RBIs in a single game, per ESPN Stats & Info.

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