April 30, 2010

THE REAL SIDD FINCH:

Tom Seaver, Armed To Climb (DAVID HOGBERG, 4/30/10, INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY)

Solly Hemus, the manager of Seaver's minor league team, said: "Seaver has a 35-year-old head on top of a 21-year-old body."

That mind-body combination resulted in a Hall of Fame career with 311 wins, a 2.86 earned run average, 3,640 strikeouts — sixth all time — and three Cy Young Awards.

Even more amazing was Seaver's sparking of the 1969 Miracle Mets, who gave New York a championship to cap one of the greatest turnarounds in sports history.

Seaver, 65, brings that same orderly, logical approach to his current endeavor, running GTS Vineyards in California's Napa Valley.

"It's very analogous to pitching," he said. "Get your people, get them organized, these are your jobs." [...]

Seaver's brainy path stemmed from his not having much of a fastball while in high school in Fresno, Calif. He describes himself as a "teenaged junk-ball pitcher."

"Physically, I matured very late," he said. "By developing late, I wasn't one of those phenoms who comes out of high school and overpowers everybody. I had to learn how to pitch. When I couldn't overpower people, I had to learn how to move and locate the ball."

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 30, 2010 2:11 PM
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