Russell Region Round 2: #4 Tom Seaver VS #5 Carl Yastrzemski

The first two rounds of the tournament are always the most exciting because they produce the most games and are difficult to handicap. The 4 vs 5 match up is one of the early excitements. This one was tailor made for SeeYouInOctober readers with New York taking on Boston. It’s hitting vs pitching.

The first round was no problem for Tom Seaver as he took care of a current Boston slugger, but faces a much tougher opponent this round. Can he handle it? When it comes to great Mets two things are for sure: 1. Tom Seaver is at the top of the list and 2. None of the current players will make that list. Nicknamed “the Franchise,” Seaver hits every plateau that constitutes a hall of fame caliber pitcher. 311 wins, 2.86 ERA and 3,640 strikeouts, yea he’s got that. Maybe that is why Tommy Terrific was the closest thing to a unanimous selection for Cooperstown with 98.84% of the votes. Looking for hardware? In Seaver’s ten plus seasons with the Mets he won the rookie of the year in 1967, helped his Mets win their first World Series Championship in 1969, picked up three Cy Young awards and was selected to the all-star team ten times. Now you know what made Tom so terrific.

Yaz breezed his way past Dave DeBusschere taking 80% of the vote and avoiding the annual 12/5 upset. With a career that spanned three decades Carl Yastrzemski made his mark as one of the greatest Red Sox of all-time. His longevity was nearly unparallelled as he and Brooks Robinson are the only players to ever spend 23 seasons with one club. Yaz lays claim to the title of the last hitter in the majors to win the batting triple crown in 1967. That same season he was named MVP as he led the Sox to their first American League pennant in more than two decades. In 1975 Yaz and the Sox found themselves in the Series yet again and in game six he hit a walk off home run that would provide the signature moment of his career as he waved the ball fair. His career numbers are stellar with 3,419 hits, a .285 average, and 452 home runs.

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