Tom Seaver doesn’t watch much baseball these days. He’s too busy running a California vineyard.
But when the Mets Hall of Fame pitcher discussed the state of the current Mets, he had some advice for today’s power pitchers.
What’s with these guys and this obsession today with velocity? How about just pitch? Learn how to pitch, Seaver said during an interview with the New York Daily News. Because eventually that velocity will be harder and harder to maintain on a consistent basis.
The topic came up after Daily News columnist Bill Madden told Seaver that Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard was out with a torn right lat muscle. Syndergaard led baseball last year with a fastball that averaged 97.9 mph, but he arrived at spring training this year 17 pounds heavier thanks to some added muscle mass.
Harper joked before Tuesday’s game, in which Samardzija was on the mound for the Giants, that the collision between Morse and Samardzija might have prevented Harper from getting injured. It should be noted that Morse and Harper were Nationals teammates in 2012.
I’m kinda thankful that Mikey Mo and Samardzija collided because Samardzija saw blood a little bit, I thought, Harper told reporters. I’m very thankful for Mikey Mo.
MLB suspended Harper four games and Strickland six games, fining each player, for their roles in igniting the brawl. Each player appealed the discipline and was eligible to play Tuesday.
Even if Strickland has his suspension reduced, the reliever will certainly still miss some games, as will Morse thanks to the friendly fire.