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Gooden, Strawberry and Franco to play in All-Star softball game at Citi Field

Former Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry addresses the media

Former Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry addresses the media before the memorial service for Gary Carter. (Feb. 24, 2012) Credit: AP

Mets fans longing to recapture the glory of 1986 will get a chance to see a few of their favorites return in orange and blue.

World Champions Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry, along with John Franco, will represent the Mets and lead a group of baseball greats during All-Star weekend at Citi Field.

The trio will take part in the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game on Sunday, July 14. The game features baseball royalty playing alongside celebrities from the music, television and sports worlds.

Gooden, Strawberry and Franco will be joined by legends Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers, Fred Lynn, Ozzie Smith and Frank Thomas with more to be announced at a later date.

Gooden spent his first 11 years in the majors with the Mets and was the NL Rookie of the Year in 1984. He was 194-112 with a 3.51 ERA over his career. In 1996, Gooden pitched a no-hitter for the Yankees.

Strawberry played eight seasons with the Mets and is still the franchise leader in home runs with 252. The 1983 NL Rookie of the Year also spent five years with the Yankees.

Franco is the top closer in Mets history, recording 276 saves over 14 seasons in Queens. Franco is one of four Mets to be named team captain along with Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter and David Wright.

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