The family of legendary Met Tom Seaver announced on Thursday that the former pitcher has been diagnosed with dementia. Seaver will retire from public life, though he will continue to work in his California vineyard.
A statement issued through the Baseball Hall of Fame read: "The Seaver family announced today that Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver has recently been diagnosed with dementia. 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 was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992.
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 team’s 1969 world championship team and 1973 National League championship team. Seaver also pitched for the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox.
Seaver has limited his public appearances in recent years. He did not attend the Baseball Writers' Association of America dinner in January when members of the Mets' 1969 World Series-winning team were honored.
Seaver was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 1991, and it reoccurred in 2012 and led to Bell's Palsy and memory loss, the New York Daily News reported in 2013.
"He will always be the heart and soul of the Mets, the standard which all Mets aspire to, this breaks my heart," tweeted former Mets catcher Mike Piazza, a fellow Hall of Famer. "Do not feel worthy to be mentioned in the same breath."