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In your article about the worst deals in New York Mets history, you went with the easy answer at #1. Easy, but wrong.
One of my biggest pet peeves is that the Seaver trade is considered among the worst trades in franchise history (if not considered the worst). I fail to see how it is considered a bad trade at all.
In this trade, the Mets got Pat Zachry from the Cincinnati Reds. Zachry went 41-46 with a 3.63 ERA in 135 games as a Met. Seaver went 75-46 with a 3.18 ERA in 158 games for the Reds.
Whereas Seaver's numbers are clearly better than Zachry's, it needs to be taken into consideration that Seaver had the BIG RED MACHINE behind him. He was pitching to Johnny Bench; Joe Morgan was playing second base; Pete Rose was playing third. George Foster, Ken Griffey and Cesar Geronimo were his outfielders.
That's clearly better than what Zachry had behind him at "Grant's Tomb." The Mets narrowly avoided 100 losses each season Zachry was on the team, with the exception of the strike shortened 1981 season. He was 6-10 in 1980 despite a modest 3.01 ERA.
It should also to be pointed out that the Mets received Steve Henderson & Doug Flynn in this trade, also. Henderson was a close runner up to Andre Dawson for the 1977 Rookie of the Year. He went on to bat .287 with 35 home runs in his 4 seasons as a Met. Not great numbers, but not complete failure numbers, either. Flynn was a .234 hitter for the Mets, but he also won a gold glove in 1980, the first such hardware the Mets had received since 1971.
Finally, the biggest reason the Seaver trade needs to be considered a GREAT trade is because Mets fans should be thankful that we didn't have to watch Seaver pitch for those teams. By leaving New York, he preserved his legacy, and is now in the Hall of Fame wearing a Mets hat.
Jerry Koosman was 6-29 in his Mets career following the Seaver trade. He was 134-108 prior to it, and returned to being a 20 game winner his first season out of New York in 1979. It's not difficult to imagine that Seaver's numbers would have also taken a similar tumble had he remained a member of that team. When Seaver returned to the Mets in 1983, he too pitched for a Mets team that was on the cusp of being a 100 game loser (68-94). His record was just 9-14.
Just think how different history could have been for both of them had the Reds been interested in a left hander.
Nathan, saw your article, "Does the Media Share the Blame for the Sad State of Sports?" in the editing cue (although I didn't edit it) and gave it a read.
As a sports studies minor in college and someone whose biggest interest in sport is its sociological and political effects on society, I think your article is spot on. Everyone puts athletes on a pedestal but forgets they are human. Often times the pressure a limelight is too tough to handle, and the pressure to win or portray a particular image wears on athletes.
Love your articles........
Thanks for becoming a fan, Nathan!