Excitement continues to build for the New York Mets as the team has begun Spring Training. Here are some news and notes from the team
It was announced recently by the franchise that the team will wear a “41” Tom Seaver tribute patch on the right sleeve of their home and road uniforms during the 2021 season.
Seaver passed away on August 31, 2020 at age 75. Seaver won 311 games, had a 2.86 ERA and struck out 3,640 batters over a 20-year major league career that spanned from 1967-1986, earning 12 All-Star selections in the process. He led the National League in wins three times, ERA three times and strikeouts five times. Seaver was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992.
Seaver spent 12 years with the Mets and went 198-124 with a 2.57 ERA and 2,541 strikeouts. He is the Mets all-time leader in wins, strikeouts, shutouts (44), ERA, complete games (171) and starts (395). He won three Cy Young Awards with the team in 1969, 1973 and 1975 as well as the NL Rookie of the Year Award in 1967. Seaver led the team to the 1969 World Series championship, going 25-7 with a 2.21 ERA that season. He was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame and had his number “41” retired in 1988.
The New York Mets also announced that Jeff Deline will join the Mets as Executive Vice President, Chief Revenue Officer. He will report to Mets President Sandy Alderson and join the club after the start of the season from Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), where he oversaw the largest sports portfolio in North America.
As a member of the executive leadership team, Deline will oversee the strategic development, execution and maximization of the Mets’ revenue generating activities, including: partnerships and activation; ticketing, premium and suite sales; concessions and merchandising; and booking and non-game day event programming.
Deline brings to the Mets nearly 25 years of innovative sales leadership experience with the Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He led MLSE’s efforts to secure the largest global naming rights agreement (ScotiaBank); landmark North American beer partnership (MolsonCoors); the most extensive kit and naming rights deal in Major League Soccer (BMO); league-leading partnership and ticket sales revenues in the National Hockey League, National Basketball Association and MLS; and the launch of Leafs TV and NBA TV Canada.
“We’re thrilled to have attracted an industry leader in Jeff to join us,” said Alderson. “His breadth and depth of experiences and successes in positions of increased responsibility with MLSE will be at the foundation of a new approach to driving revenues at the Mets rooted in analytics and innovation.”
“The Mets are poised for incredible success and I look forward to translating that excitement – on game days and beyond – in our offerings to current and new ticket purchasers and partners,” said Deline. “There’s no bigger stage in the world than New York, so I’m really excited about this opportunity to collaborate with Sandy and everyone at the Mets to make an impact.”
A native of Toronto, Deline graduated from Bowling Green State University. Jeff, his wife Kim and their three children will relocate to the tri-state area in the months ahead.
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