Tom Seaver
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Tom Seaver is a New York Mets legend. Unfortunately, the Hall of Famer is retiring from public life due to dementia.

Unfortunately, Tom Seaver is stepping out of the public eye as he deals with dementia. This is a sad day for New York Mets fans and our thoughts are with Seaver and his family. The Baseball Hall of Fame released the following statement:

“The Seaver family announced today that Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver has recently been diagnosed with dementia. Tom will continue to work in his beloved vineyard at his California home, but has chosen to completely retire from public life. The family is deeply appreciative of those who have supported Tom throughout his career, on and off the field, and who do so now by honoring his request for privacy. We join Tom in sending warmest regards to everyone.”

Seaver was a three-time Cy Young winner, Rookie of the Year, 12-time All-Star, and a World Series champion in 1969. He will forever go down as one of the greatest, if not the greatest player to ever don a uniform for the Mets.

Seaver was a first-ballot Hall of Famer in 1992. He received a remarkable 98.8 percent of the vote which stood as a record prior to Ken Griffey Jr. and later Mariano Rivera. For younger fans who couldn’t watch Seaver play, Griffey Jr. and Rivera provide some type of context to just how dominant Seaver was.

The Mets community has responded with an outpouring of support. Whether it’s caller after caller on WFAN or a fellow Hall of Fame Met, everyone seems to be expressing their feelings about Seaver. Mike Piazza took to Twitter to pay homage to Seaver.

We wish you the best, Tom Terrific.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.