Tom Seaver is back in the rotation. It won’t be on the mound, though. It’ll be in the TV booth.
NBC, the lame duck network of baseball’s Game of the Week, announced today that Seaver will be its top color commentator this year, joining play-by-play man Vin Scully.
“I used to practice on the days I didn’t pitch,” Seaver said of broadcasting. “Some days I wished that I did do it on the days I was pitching, too.”
Seaver has been out of baseball since the end of the 1986 season, when he became a free agent and no one wanted him. He tried a comeback with the New York Mets in the summer of 1987 but decided he didn’t have enough left in his right arm.
NBC’s final season begins on March 25 with a Los Angeles Dodgers exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox. Seaver opens the season in Atlanta, where the Braves host the Dodgers on April 8.
After this season, the Game of the Week is no more. CBS, which takes over baseball in 1990, will show only 12 games during the season.