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  • Can someone fill the void?

    When Tom Seaver was drafted in 1966 by the Atlanta Braves, the pick was voided?

    Why?

    (Seaver signed later that year as an amateur free agent (via a lottery) with the NY Mets and went on to have a so - so career.)
    Last edited by KingSwisher; 02-17-2006, 07:46 AM.

  • #2
    From baseballlibrary.dom:

    " Seaver came to the Mets via a strange lottery: In 1966, the Braves offered him $40,000, but the NCAA and baseball commissioner William Eckert voided the offer and made Seaver, still at USC, available to any team willing to match the Braves' offer. The Phillies, Indians, and Mets were willing and, in a drawing held in the commissioner's office, the Mets were picked out of a hat."
    Buck O'Neil: The Monarch of Baseball

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    • #3
      Originally posted by KCGHOST
      From baseballlibrary.dom:

      " Seaver came to the Mets via a strange lottery: In 1966, the Braves offered him $40,000, but the NCAA and baseball commissioner William Eckert voided the offer and made Seaver, still at USC, available to any team willing to match the Braves' offer. The Phillies, Indians, and Mets were willing and, in a drawing held in the commissioner's office, the Mets were picked out of a hat."
      But why the voiding?

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      • #4
        Because by the time the Braves got around to signing Seaver USC had already played two baseball games. At that time there was an agreement between the NCAA and MLB that no signings would take place once the NCAA season had begun.
        Buck O'Neil: The Monarch of Baseball

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        • #5
          Originally posted by KCGHOST
          Because by the time the Braves got around to signing Seaver USC had already played two baseball games. At that time there was an agreement between the NCAA and MLB that no signings would take place once the NCAA season had begun.
          Thanks, Ghost.

          I couldn't find that anywhere.

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          • #6
            Let's make this tougher: Who was the first MLB team to draft Tom Seaver? No, it wasn't the Braves.

            Yankees Fan Since 1957

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            • #7
              How about the Dodgers in 1965??
              Buck O'Neil: The Monarch of Baseball

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              • #8
                Was it the Dodgers?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by dyf237 View Post
                  Was it the Dodgers?
                  Looks like it was:

                  June 8, 1965: Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 10th round of the 1965 amateur draft, but did not sign.

                  January 29, 1966: Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1966, but pick was voided.

                  April 3, 1966: Signed by the New York Mets as an amateur free agent.

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