Nowadays, Tom Seaver doesn’t watch the baseball too much because he is too much busy successively a California Vineyard. But, when the Mets Hal of Fame pitcher discussed the state of the present Mets, he had advice about today’s power pitcher: learn how to pitch. Tom said during an interview with the New York Daily News:
“What’s with these guys and this obsession today with velocity? How about just pitch? Learn how to pitch, because eventually that velocity will be harder and harder to maintain on a consistent basis.”
This topic came up after Daily News writer Bill Madden told Tom Seaver that Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard was out with an uncertain right lat muscle. Syndergaard led baseball match last year with averaged 97.9mph, but he inwards at spring training current year 17 pounds heftier thanks to some extra muscle mass. Tom Seaver told Madden:
“Let me tell you a story about velocity. Late in my career, with the White Sox, I didn’t throw as hard as I did with the Mets, but I knew how to pitch and I was still winning games. I did win 300, you know (chuckles). So this one game, I come back to the dugout after the first inning and Dave Duncan, our pitching coach, comes up to me and says: ‘You aren’t got s— today.’ I said to him, ‘I know that’ and then I pointed to the other dugout, and added, ‘but they don’t know that!”
Tom Seaver, who commanded the five times of National League in strikeouts, was three-time CY Young winner, and 12-time All-Stars. He also helped the Madden win the World Series in 1969 and said players of his day did lift weights, but his concentration was not on his upper body. Seaver said ‘I was a legs guy,’ who was initiated into the Baseball Hall Of Fame in 1982.
“That’s where I got my power from. The only weight lifting I ever did was these light hand weights which a college teammate of mine from USC, Jerry Merz, introduced me to. I did ‘em almost my whole career. Never increased the weight. They were good for my back muscles, forearms, and balance.
“Velocity or no velocity,” Seaver added, “you know what the most important pitch for a pitcher is?
He is totally right.