Tom Seaver to today’s power pitchers: ’Learn how to pitch’


Let me tell you a story about velocity, Seaver told Madden. Late in my career, with the White Sox, I didn’t throw as hard as I did with the Mets, but I knew how to pitch and I was still winning games. I did win 300, you know (chuckles). So this one game, I come back to the dugout after the first inning and Dave Duncan, our pitching coach, comes up to me and says: ‘You ain’t got s— today.’ I said to him, ‘I know that’ and then I pointed to the other dugout, and added, ‘but they don’t know that!’

Seaver, who led the National League in strikeouts five times, was a 12-time All-Star and three-time Cy Young winner. He helped the Mets win the World Series in 1969 and said players of his day did lift weights, but his focus was not on his upper body.

I was a legs guy, said Seaver, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. That’s where I got my power from. The only weight lifting I ever did was these light hand weights which a college teammate of mine from USC, Jerry Merz, introduced me to. I did ‘em almost my whole career. Never increased the weight. They were good for my back muscles, forearms and balance.

Hunter Strickland isn’t the only Giants player who will miss time following Monday’s benches-clearing brawl.

San Francisco outfielder Michael Morse is headed to the seven-day disabled list with a concussion suffered when he collided with teammate Jeff Samardzija during the eighth-inning melee.

After Strickland plunked Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper Best Cheap Jerseys From China on the hip with a 98-mph fastball, Harper charged the mound. Harper and Strickland exchanged punches and, as players from both teams ran onto the field, Morse and Samardzija ran into each other Cheap Authentic NHL Jerseys head-on while coming to Strickland’s defense.