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Baseball Media Pays Tribute To Tom Seaver

“He made his MLB debut for the Mets in 1967 and quickly became the cornerstone of the franchise, leading New York and the “Miracle Mets” to a World Series Title in 1969.”

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When it was announced Wednesday night at 8 P.M. that former New York Met and Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver had passed away at the age of 75, reaction and tributes came pouring in across the baseball world.

The MLB Network broke into its live coverage of Wednesday Night Baseball to announce the news  and quickly developed a tribute video to commemorate “Tom Terrific”, which debuted on Quick Pitch and it was replayed many times through the overnight hours. 

“He was the marquee name of that generation,” another Mets’ legend David Wright said.

Seaver did indeed define a generation. He made his MLB debut for the Mets in 1967 and quickly became the cornerstone of the franchise, leading New York and the “Miracle Mets” to a World Series Title in 1969. That was only the beginning for Seaver, however, as throughout his 20 year career, he won 311 games, three Cy Young awards and recorded over 3,000 strikeouts. He was a near unanimous Hall-of-Fame selection in 1992.

“I can remember thinking at 15 (when I saw Seaver pitch) that now we have our Mays our Mantle, our DiMaggio,” Mets broadcaster Howie Rose said in the tribute video. He also paid tribute on Twitter.

Rose was far from the only local New York media member to react to the news.

“It (Seaver’s death) affected me more than I thought it would,” WFAN’s Bob Heussler  said over the airways. “The Mets were the lovable laughing stock of baseball from 1962 through 1967 when Tom Seaver came on board. He was the personification of what the Mets represented from lovable laughingstock to Word Series champion in 1969.” 

In addition to print and online publications, The New York Post also released a special edition of the Amazin’ but True podcast, commemorating Seaver on Thursday morning featuring Rose and serval of Seaver’s Mets’ teammates, including Ed Kranepool and Art Shamsky. All three guests shared stories of Seaver both on and off the field.

During the podcast, Shamsky describes Seaver being an icon in New York sports history, the memories of their visit in 2017,  how talented a pitcher Seaver was, what it was like fielding behind him and then facing him as an opposing hitter. Kranepool focused more on Seaver the person instead of the player, saying he was a class act. 

Many nationally prominent media figures shared their thoughts on Seaver as well, including, Bob Costas.

“I was blessed to not only interview Tom but to share a broadcast booth with him as well,” Costas said on the MLB Network. “He was so well spoken and able to express the particulars of his craft. I remember Vin Scully came down with laryngitis in the 1989 NLCS between the Giants and Cubs and I got to do a game with Tom. As for interviews, we shared a memorable one in Cooperstown a few years ago. There are people who are great at what they do but not great at explaining it. Tom was both. Jerry Seinfeld can talk about a joke, deconstructing it to the syllable. Tom Seaver could do the same thing with pitches.”

Fox Sports radio’s Jason Smith grew up idolizing Seaver and became so emotional he could not adequately talk about Seaver on his show, so he took to Twitter instead.

Smith later shares a personal story on the social media platform.

ESPN’s Buster Olney, who is best known for breaking down and analyzing stats, honored Seaver by detailing the impressive numbers Seaver garnered throughout his Hall-of Fame career.

https://twitter.com/Buster_ESPN/status/1301450101953527808

More tributes to Seaver across multiple platforms are expected over the coming days.

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Pedro Martinez: ‘Never Imagined’ TV Career

“And the reason I’m here, it’s not because of the camera, it’s actually because it gives me an opportunity to remain linked to the game, remain linked to what’s going on, the different changes the game is offering right now, adjusting to different things.”

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As the Major League Baseball season comes to a close and preparations for the playoffs begin, MLB Network and TNT analyst Pedro Martinez joined The Press Box podcast to discuss his time as a television analyst.

When asked what he liked about working in television, Martinez didn’t hesitate with his answer.

“I think it’s a platform and the opportunity I have to bring to the audience what I know, what I think, what I understand and broadcasting gives me the opportunity to continue to have that communication with the people, the young athletes and fans. At the same time, I’m able to continue to learn and transmit some of the things that I would love to show everybody by playing but my body doesn’t allow me, but my mind does.

“This is a great way to bring the right information to the people, but I take advantage of the platform to communicate with my fanbase, the player’s fanbase, and the voice behind the players and the situations that come up, I can actually teach the audience some of the things that I understand from my point of view.”

A media career was never in the cards for Martinez. At least that’s what he thought during his playing career.

“I swear to god, it’s the only thing I never imagined. I never thought I would like being in front of a camera,” Martinez said. “And the reason I’m here, it’s not because of the camera, it’s actually because it gives me an opportunity to remain linked to the game, remain linked to what’s going on, the different changes the game is offering right now, adjusting to different things.

“You learn so much just by having access to information, having access to so many other different things. A lot of people would be surprised how much you can dig into and I think for everybody else, if they knew the kind of information we have access to, they’d be intrigued to come do what we do.”

He then said one of the things he would have never picked up on was how many pitchers tip their pitches, but due to all of the information, video, and relationships broadcasters have make that information readily available. He added his work in television has enabled more relationships with baseball players from his home country, the Dominican Republic.

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Stephen A. Smith and Malika Andrews Get Heated Over Ime Udoka Coverage

“Excuse me, excuse me, excuse me, I listened to you,” Smith interjected, “you’re the one telling me to stop on my show. It ain’t happening.”

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On Friday’s First Take, Stephen A. Smith continued his stance regarding the public leaking of information surrounding Celtics’ Head Coach Ime Udoka relationship with a team staffer. He also went further by sharing his dismay that Udoka was seemingly the only person punished for the violation of company policy.

“Only he is in violation of the company policy?” Smith asked. “The woman who elected to have a consensual relationship with him is not in violation?” 

Before the end of the show, ESPN NBA Today host Malika Andrews called in the program and wanted to address Smith’s comments.

“Stephen A., with all do respect, this is not about pointing the finger. Stop,” Andrews said. “The fact that we are sitting here debating whether somebody else should have been suspended or not, we are not here, Stephen A., to further blame women.”

Smith would replay saying that his intention was not blame anyone outside of the Celtics coach.

“First of all, let me be very clear, I don’t appreciate where you’re going with that, I’m not blaming anybody but Ime Udoka,” Smith stated. “The fact of the matter is, he deserves to be fired if they were going to fire him. If you’re not going to fire him, then don’t fire him. My issue is all of this being publicized.”

Andrews tried to jump back in for further commentary but Smith stopped that and noted he didn’t appreciate being interrupted on “my show”.

“Excuse me, excuse me, excuse me, I listened to you,” Smith interjected, “you’re the one telling me to stop on my show. It ain’t happening.”

Andrews did thank Smith for clarifying his stance at the end of the segment. ESPN has removed access to the video from its YouTube channel by making it private.

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Rich Eisen on Tom Brady Joining FOX: ‘I Gotta See It to Believe It’

“I think what Peyton Manning has done with his post-playing career is more of a blueprint that I would think Brady would follow.”

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Is 2023 the year we see Tom Brady in the broadcast booth for FOX? Rich Eisen isn’t so sure.

“I still gotta see it to believe it, I’ll be honest with you, man. I know it’s a great chunk of change and it’s a lot of money. I don’t know,” the NFL Network icon said on the most recent edition of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast.

Tom Brady has taken his foot off the gas in 2022 in a more public way than fans are used to. He voluntarily missed eleven days of training camp and has announced that he will not be available to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesdays during the season.

Eisen says if Brady is looking for a less demanding career, broadcasting isn’t the best option.

“It is a lot of work. And I’m not saying Brady’s not up for it, but if he’s been grinding for 23, 24 years, it’s still a grind in its own way.”

FOX signed Brady to a ten-year deal reportedly worth $375 million to start after he retires. He will be in the network’s top broadcast booth and also serve as an ambassador for the network’s coverage of the NFL.

Eisen says there is a much better model for Brady’s media career in his old rival Peyton Manning.

“I think what Peyton Manning has done with his post-playing career is more of a blueprint that I would think Brady would follow,” Eisen said. “Peyton Manning could be making that much money in the booth himself, right? Instead, he’s got his own production company and he’s doing the games, but not all of them, only 10 of them. And he’s doing them from his basement and he’s got the rights to the games!”

He added that Tom Brady “write his own ticket like that” if he chose to do something similar to what Manning has done with Omaha Productions.

Brady has not had much to say about his deal with FOX since the news became public. In June, he told Dan Patrick that he knows his first season in the booth will come with a lot of growing pains.

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