Mets To Rename Street After Tom Seaver, Changing Citi Field's Address

March 21, 2019 - 12:25 pm
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By WFAN.com

The Mets are planning to rename a street that runs alongside Citi Field in honor of Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, the team announced Thursday. The move would change the ballpark's official street address. 

The Mets said they are permanently changing the name of 126th Street but did not say what exactly the new name would be. The change requires approval from the New York City Mayor's Office, a City Council member and the Queens borough president, Newsday reported.

Seaver's family announced earlier this month that the 74-year-old Mets great has been diagnosed with dementia and is retiring from public life.

WFAN's Mike Francesa first reported that the Mets had already been planning to erect a statue of Seaver outside Citi Field before his diagnosis was revealed.

Tom Seaver in 2009
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Mets vice president and chief revenue officer Lou DePaoli told Newsday that plans for what the statue will look like -- not the statue itself -- will be unveiled when the 1969 World Series-winning team is honored in June.

A three-time Cy Young Award winner, Seaver played 20 seasons in the major leagues (1967-86), the first 11½ with the Mets. He was a member of the 1969 team as well as the 1973 National League pennant team. Seaver also pitched for the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox.

Seaver was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992.

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