The Mets will be permanently changing the address of Citi Field to honor Tom Seaver, the team announced on Thursday, with full details to be released at a later date.
In addition, the team will be unveiling plans this June for a statue to honor Seaver, Mets chief revenue officer Lou DePaoli said, according to Newsday.
"We've been working on exploring a potential statue option for a couple of years in coordination with the [Seaver] family," DePaoli said. "We won't be unveiling a statue this season. We will unveil the plans of what it will look like sometime on that ['69] weekend."
The 74-year-old Seaver was recently diagnosed with dementia, and with him retiring from public life, he will be unable to attend the celebration in June of the 1969 World Series winning team.
"Tom will continue to work in his beloved vineyard at his California home, but has chosen to completely retire from public life," Seaver's family said earlier this month. "The family is deeply appreciative of those who have supported Tom throughout his career, on and off the field, and who do so now by honoring his request for privacy. We join Tom in sending warmest regards to everyone."
SNY contributor John Harper wrote shortly after news of Seaver's diagnosis that the team should honor him with a statue.
"We've been in contact with the Seaver family and are aware of his health situation," Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said in a statement earlier this month. "Although he's unable to attend the '69 Anniversary, we are planning to honor him in special ways and have included his family in our plans. Our thoughts are with Tom, Nancy and the entire Seaver Family."
The 74-year-old Seaver pitched for the Mets from 1967 to 1977, and again in 1983. He won three Cy Young awards while with the Mets (1969, 1973, 1975), and helped lead them to the World Series title in 1969.
Seaver's No. 41 was retired by the Mets in 1988, and he was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992, receiving 98.8 percent of the vote.