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Dwight Gooden, left and Darryl Strawberry in the Mets' dugout.

Darryl Strawberry

Photos of Darryl Strawberry, a former Met and Yankee.

Former Mets right fielder Darryl Strawberry speaks during
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Former Mets right fielder Darryl Strawberry speaks during the 2010 New York Mets Hall of Fame induction ceremony prior to the game against the Diamondbacks, Sunday. (August 1, 2010)

From left to right, former New York Mets
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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.

Former players Darryl Strawberry (L) and Dwight Gooden
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Former players Darryl Strawberry (L) and Dwight Gooden speak during a press conference for their induction into the New York Mets Hall of Fame prior to the game. (July 31, 2010)

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Despite numerous personal problems, George Steinbrenner continued to

Despite numerous personal problems, George Steinbrenner continued to give Darryl Strawberry (above) opportunities to right his wrongs.

YANKEES VS. ORIOLES | May 19, 1998 Even
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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 baseball player Darryl Strawberry watches the bout
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Former baseball player Darryl Strawberry watches the bout between Joe Greene and Vanes Martirosyan during the NABF & NABO super welterweight fight. (June 5, 2010)

Darryl Strawberry salutes the rowd after throwing out
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Darryl Strawberry salutes the rowd after throwing out the first pitch at Citi Field Monday, April 5, 2010.

Former New York Mets and New York Yankees
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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)

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Former New York Mets baseball player Darryl Strawberry
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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)

Darryl Strawberry reacts after throwing out the first
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Darryl Strawberry reacts after throwing out the first pitch at the New York Mets opening day Major League Baseball game against the Florida Marlins at Citi Field in New York, Monday, April 5, 2010.

Former New York Mets player Darryl Strawberry throws
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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,
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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.

Former New York Mets, Mookie Wilson and Darryl
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Former New York Mets, Mookie Wilson and Darryl Strawberry on the field during spring training in Port St. Lucie. (Feb. 26, 2010)

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DARRYL STRAWBERRY, RIGHTFIELD Career stats: .259, 335 HRs,
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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.”

New York Mets guest instructor Darryl Strawberry, left,
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New York Mets guest instructor Darryl Strawberry, left, talks with Mets right fielder Jeff Francoeur during spring training. (February 27, 2010)

Darryl Strawberry.
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Darryl Strawberry.

Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry at the last

Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry at the last game at Shea Stadium in 2008.

Darryl Strawberry speaks at a pre-game press conference
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Darryl Strawberry speaks at a pre-game press conference for the Top 10 moments at Shea.

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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)

Yankees outfielder Darryl Strawberry receives a key to
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Yankees outfielder Darryl Strawberry receives a key to the city from New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani after a ticker-tape parade up Broadway. (Oct. 29, 1996)

New York Yankees Darryl Strawberry, left, speaks with
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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
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Darryl Strawberry signs a book at the Book Revue in Huntington.

The cover of Darryl Strawberry's new book.

The cover of Darryl Strawberry's new book.

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Former baseball player Darryl Strawberry was arrested in
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Former baseball player Darryl Strawberry was arrested in 2000 on charges of reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident..

Dwight Gooden, left and Darryl Strawberry in the
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Dwight Gooden, left and Darryl Strawberry in the Mets' dugout.

Darryl Strawberry waves to the fans as he
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Darryl Strawberry waves to the fans as he approaches home plate during closing ceremonies.

From left, Bud Harrelson, Tom Seaver, Howard Johnson,
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From left, Bud Harrelson, Tom Seaver, Howard Johnson, Mike Piazza and Darryl Strawberry pose for a photo on the field before Friday night's game against the Marlins.

Former Mets manager Yogi Berra and former Mets
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Former Mets manager Yogi Berra and former Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry clown around on the field during closing ceremonies for Shea Stadium.

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Darryl Strawberry signs autographs for fans at Shea
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Darryl Strawberry signs autographs for fans at Shea Stadium. This is the Mets' final season at Shea; they are moving to adjacent Citi Field starting in 2009.

The Mets' Darryl Strawberry hits a home run
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The Mets' Darryl Strawberry hits a home run during a game at Shea Stadium in 1986.

Al Leiter and Darryl Strawberry on the field.
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Al Leiter and Darryl Strawberry on the field.

Darryl Strawberry can't help but smile when he

Darryl Strawberry can't help but smile when he looks at Keith Hernandez's brilliant mustache.

Darryl Strawberry watches a home run he hit
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Darryl Strawberry watches a home run he hit at Shea Stadium during the 1986 season.

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Darryl Strawberry hits a three-run home run against
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Darryl Strawberry hits a three-run home run against Houston Astros pitcher Bob Knepper in the sixth inning of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series.

Former New York Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry at
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Former New York Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry at spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Former New York Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry at
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Former New York Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry at spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Former New York Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry at
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Former New York Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry at spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Former New York Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry at
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Former New York Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry at spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

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The Mets' Darryl Strawberry pumps his fist during
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The Mets' Darryl Strawberry pumps his fist during a game in 1987.

Darryl Strawberry was arrested on his 40th birthday
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Darryl Strawberry was arrested on his 40th birthday for misconduct at a drug treatment center.

Darryl Strawberry, right once called Barry Bonds "a
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Darryl Strawberry, right once called Barry Bonds "a joke." But the two players put any differences aside during Strawberry's brief stint with the Giants in 1994.

Gooden and Darryl Strawberry, stars on the '86
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Gooden and Darryl Strawberry, stars on the '86 Mets, resurrected their careers with the Yankees in 1996.

Strawberry quickly moved through the Mets minor league
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Strawberry quickly moved through the Mets minor league system, spending less than three seasons there before arriving in the big leagues in 1982.

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The Mets selected Darryl Strawberry with the first

The Mets selected Darryl Strawberry with the first overall pick of the 1980 free-agent draft. The 18-year-old Strawberry was highly regarded as a talented outfielder/pitcher for Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles.

It wasn't long before Strawberry caught the eye
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It wasn't long before Strawberry caught the eye of George Steinbrenner. On June 19, 1995, the Yankees signed Strawberry, who was in the middle of serving a six-month home confinement sentence on tax evasion charges. Strawberry was allowed to leave home for practices and home and away games. He played for Triple-A Columbus until the Yankees called him up on August 4.

Darryl Strawberry was the Mets most exciting player
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Darryl Strawberry was the Mets most exciting player during his eight seasons in New York. He totaled 252 home runs and 733 RBI, both of which are still team records.

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Darryl Strawberry's first return to baseball was with the San Francisco Giants in 1994. Although Strawberry's play sparked the Giants, he tested positive for cocaine in February of 1995. He was suspended for 60 days, and the Giants released him.

The lure of playing in front of family
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The lure of playing in front of family and friends in his hometown, plus a $20.3 million contract, factored into Strawberry's decision to leave the Mets for the Dodgers following the 1990 season. But the marriage between Strawberry and the Dodgers was not pretty. He only played for parts of three seasons in L.A., thanks to problems with his family, injuries, drugs, alcohol and the IRS.

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There were some tough moments in New York.
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There were some tough moments in New York. During the Mets annual spring training photo shoot in 1989, Darryl Strawberry and Keith Hernandez got in a fight in full view of members of the media. Teammates had to restrain both players.

Darryl Strawberry listens to attorneys during a probation
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Darryl Strawberry listens to attorneys during a probation violation hearing on Nov. 3, 2000, at the Hillsborough County Courthouse in Tampa. One week earlier Strawberry tested positive for cocaine while on probation. He later told the judge he lost the will to live, but chose not kill himself because of his five children.

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