When it all started for Tom Seaver.
In explaining part of the Mets’ problems over the years, consider they haven’t produced a Rookie of the Year in nearly three decades, which is a substantial drought.
(Sorry, but I can’t resist: Jason Bay won it while with Pittsburgh in 2004.)
The Mets have produced four Rookies of the Year: Dwight Gooden (1984), Darryl Strawberry (1983), Jon Matlack (1972) and Tom Seaver (1967).
All four played in a World Series for the Mets.
Seaver, of course, is the Crown Jewel of Mets rookies. After winning in 1967, Seaver went on to be a 12-time All-Star and three-time Cy Young Award winner.
Seaver is the lone Mets’ Hall of Famer and the only player to have his number retired by the team. In the karma that can only be the Mets, Seaver’s no-hitter and 300th career victory were achieved with other teams, Cincinnati and the Chicago White Sox.
Seaver remains an ambassador to the Mets and the most beloved player.
Seaver averaged 16 victories a season from 1967-1986...