Tom Seaver has been diagnosed with dementia and has decided to retire from public life, the Hall of Fame pitcher's family said in a statement.

"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," the statement said. "We join Tom in sending warmest regards to everyone."

The 74-year-old Seaver will continue to work in his vineyard at his home in California.

The Mets will honor the 1969 World Series champion team at Citi Field from June 28-30, but Seaver will presumably not attend.