Photos of Darryl Strawberry, a former Met and Yankee.
From left to right, former New York Mets manager Davey Johnson, former Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden, former Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry and former Mets general manager Frank Cashen pose for a photograph on the field following their induction into the Mets Hall of Fame before the Mets baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field in New York, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010. All four were members of the 1986 Mets World Series winning organization.
Despite numerous personal problems, George Steinbrenner continued to give Darryl Strawberry (above) opportunities to right his wrongs.
YANKEES VS. ORIOLES | May 19, 1998
Even today, this brawl at Yankee Stadium ranks as one of New York's nastiest brawls. After Orioles closer Armando Benitez (a future Met and Yankee) gave up a three-run homer to Bernie Williams, he took out his frustration on Tino Martinez, drilling him in the back. The benches and bullpens spilled onto the field. Yankee pitcher Graeme Lloyd led the charge from the pen as he took wild swings with his jacket half-on. As the fight spilled into the Orioles dugout, Darryl Strawberry took his shots on Benitez as Martinez was restrained in the middle of the field by Paul O'Neill.
Former New York Mets and New York Yankees baseball player Darryl Strawberry, right, jokes with New York Yankees' Derek Jeter before an interleague baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (May 21, 2010)
Former New York Mets baseball player Darryl Strawberry talks to the media prior to the Mets' opening day baseball game against the Florida Marlins at Citi Field in New York, Monday, April 5, 2010. Strawberry is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)
Former New York Mets player Darryl Strawberry throws out the first pitch in the New York Mets home opener against the Florida Marlins during their opening day Major League Baseball game at Citi Field in New York. (April 5, 2010)
Former New York Mets baseball players Darryl Strawberry, center, and John Franco, left, talk with current Mets player John Francoeur before the Mets' opening day baseball game against the Florida Marlins at Citi Field in New York, Monday, April 5, 2010. Strawberry is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
DARRYL STRAWBERRY, RIGHTFIELD
Career stats: .259, 335 HRs, 1,000 RBIs
Mets stats: .263, 252 HRs, 733 RBIs
One of the most popular players in Mets history, Strawberry boasted an exciting combination of speed and power that helped the Mets win the 1986 World Series. He joined the exclusive 30-30 club in 1987 and finished second in NL MVP voting in 1988. But like fellow '86 teammate Doc Gooden, he could never stay out of controversy. He once memorably got into a war of words with teammate Wally Backman, saying he wanted to "bust that little redneck in the face."
Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry at the last game at Shea Stadium in 2008.
New York Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry gestures number one from an open car as he and his wife Lisa, holding their son Darryl Jr., ride through a ticker tape parade in honor of the World Series Champions in lower Manhattan. The Mets defeated the Boston Red Sox in game seven of the 1986 World Series. (Oct. 28, 1986)
New York Yankees Darryl Strawberry, left, speaks with David Letterman on the outfielder's first visit to the "Late Show with David Letterman" on Aug. 31, 1998, in New York. Strawberry talked about his team's stellar season and how well his teammates work together.
Darryl Strawberry signs a book at the Book Revue in Huntington.
The cover of Darryl Strawberry's new book.