PostHeaderIcon (Part 1) Biggest NY Mets Disappointment; Gooden or Strawberry?

With the possible exception of Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden and Daryl Strawberry were the two greatest stars that ever donned a Mets uniform. Not counting Willie Mays, one of the top 10 players of all-time, who finished his illustrious career with the Mets, Gooden and Strawberry will always be remembered for their achievements on the field.

When asked to decide which of the two players was the biggest disappointment, one has to consider their performance both on and off the field of play. On the field, both players were named Rookie of the Year. Strawberry won the honor in 1983 at the ripe old age of 21. Gooden won the same award in 1984 when he was just 19.

Gooden was a pitcher who won the Cy Young Award in 1985 with a 24-4 record and an unbelievable ERA of just 1.53. He was often compared to Bob Gibson as the most feared pitcher in the game. Strawberry won the home run championship on multiple occasions and was a common selection for the All Star game.

Both wound up with excellent statistics by the time their careers were over. Both got into trouble with the law for drug abuse, driving under the influence and other assorted criminal charges. In all honesty, I can not pick who was the bigger disappointment. Both had the potential to be the best at their positions the game ever saw. Both messed up. The competition for biggest disappointment ends in a tie.

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