Sad news to report — Tom Seaver is suffering from dementia.
In a statement Thursday, the Seaver family said:
“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, of course, is the best pitcher in Mets history, winning three Cy Young awards in his years in Flushing. He was famously traded to the Reds in 1977 following a feud with Mets chairman M. Donald Grant — one of the darkest days in franchise history. He was reacquired in 1983, but was lost the following year when the Mets neglected to protect him in the free agent compensation draft.
Seaver, 74, returned to the Mets as a broadcaster and attended various team functions over the years. But unfortunately, it seems we have seen the last of Tom Seaver.