NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A Tom Seaver statue is coming to Citi Field, the New York Mets announced as the ballpark's address was changed in honor of the Hall of Fame pitcher.
Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said they have commissioned an eight-foot statue of Seaver to be built in front of the ballpark in the near future.
"A player like Tom Seaver comes along once in a lifetime, he is undoubetedly the most prominent and dominant pitcher in our team's history and he will always be remembered as one of the greatest players to ever wear a Mets uniform," Wilpon said.
Wilpon along with members of the 1969 Miracle Mets team including Jerry Koosman, Cleon Jones and Ron Swoboda joined Seaver's children and grandchildren as Citi Field's address was officially changed to 41 Seaver Way on Thursday.
Former Met Art Shamsky says the honor is greatly deserved and notes that Seaver was a phenomenal player.
“I really believe that history will show it. One of the greatest pitchers ever to pitch in the big leagues,” he told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.
The numbers only prove the sentiment: 311 wins, 3,640 strikeouts, 12 All-Star games and an induction into the Hall of Fame.
“Not only did he have great stuff – by stuff, I mean baseball acumen – he was as good a competitor as I played with and against,” Shamsky added.
Seaver is suffering from dementia and is now retired from public life. His daughter spoke at the ceremony saying, "Dad's very proud of this, very proud to know that the work that he loved so very much will be remembered and that it may serve to inspire all those young boys and girls to work just as hard at the work that they truly love."
"Dad loved playing in New York, he loved pitching," Sarah Seaver said.
The renaming ceremony kicks off a weekend full of events honoring the ’69 Mets.
Fans can also explore the new “Virtual Vault,” a completely free digital archive of historical material that tells the story of the Mets franchise with a heavy emphasis on the 1969 World Champion Mets in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary Celebration.