Mets to build a Tom Seaver statue

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tom Seaver is getting a statue outside the Mets' home, and the team is getting a new address.

The announcement was made official at a ceremony Thursday. Citi Field will now be listed as 41 Seaver Way in honor of the Hall of Fame pitcher's number. New York City officials agreed to the team's request.

Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon says it might be more than a year before the statue of 9 to 12 feet is in place.

The 74-year-old Seaver has dementia and could not attend. But daughter Sarah Seaver says her father is proud to know he "very much will be remembered."

Ron Swoboda played with Seaver on the 1969 Miracle Mets title team and was among the former teammates at the ceremony. Swoboda says the three-time NL Cy Young Award winner gave a once woebegone team "credibility."