49 Facts About Darryl Strawberry


Darryl Eugene Strawberry was born on March 12,1962 and is an American former professional baseball right fielder and author who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball.

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Darryl Strawberry was suspended three times by MLB for substance abuse, leading to many narratives about his massive potential going unfulfilled.

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Darryl Strawberry was born to Henry and Ruby Darryl Strawberry in Los Angeles, California.

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Darryl Strawberry played high school baseball for the Crenshaw High School Cougars along with Chris Brown.

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Darryl's older brother Michael Strawberry was a star baseball athlete who would play professional baseball.

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Darryl Strawberry was drafted first overall in the 1980 Major League Baseball draft by the New York Mets.

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Darryl Strawberry got into a physical altercation on team picture day with team captain Keith Hernandez and in the midst of a war of words with infielder Wally Backman, threatened to "bust that little redneck in the face".

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Darryl Strawberry publicly complained about manager Davey Johnson after he was removed from the game in a double switch during the ninth inning of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, which the Mets would go on to win.

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Darryl Strawberry finished a very close second in MVP voting to the Dodgers' Kirk Gibson.

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Darryl Strawberry led the Mets to the playoffs, losing to the Dodgers in seven games in the National League Championship Series.

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Darryl Strawberry's Mets came in a close second place in the National League East, losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates by three games.

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Darryl Strawberry signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers on November 8,1990, inking a lucrative five-year $22.

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The next year, Darryl Strawberry signed with the Saint Paul Saints of the Northern League on May 3,1996, in an attempt to rehabilitate.

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Darryl Strawberry played in just 11 games that year, collecting just two runs batted in.

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Darryl Strawberry was diagnosed with colon cancer during the American League Division Series, and he was replaced on the roster by rookie Ricky Ledee.

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Darryl Strawberry did however hit a crucial 3-run home run against the Texas Rangers in the ALDS, helping the Yankees advance to the ALCS.

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Darryl Strawberry was set to return to the Yankees in 2000, but after testing positive for cocaine in February while attending spring training, Darryl Strawberry was ordered to leave the team while waiting for commissioner Bud Selig to make a decision on a possible suspension.

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Six days after news of the positive test broke, Selig announced that Darryl Strawberry would be suspended for the entire 2000 season, effectively ending his career.

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Darryl Strawberry was the starting right fielder five straight times and appeared at nine All-Star games.

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Darryl Strawberry had two three-home run games in his career, both of which came against Chicago teams and were almost 11 years to the day between each other.

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Darryl Strawberry is one of only five Major League Baseball players to hit two pinch-hit grand slams in the same season.

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Darryl Strawberry is one of only three players in MLB history, along with Ricky Ledee and Jose Vizcaino, to have played for all four of the former and current New York-based MLB teams- the Mets, Yankees, Dodgers and Giants.

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Darryl Strawberry attended the Mets' 1986 World Champion team reunion on August 19,2006, where the team received a standing ovation from fans at Shea Stadium in an on-field ceremony.

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Darryl Strawberry worked as an instructor for the New York Mets in 2005 and 2008, and was inducted to the Mets Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Darryl Strawberry has made regular appearances at the New York Yankees' Old Timer's Day, most recently in 2012.

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Darryl Strawberry threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Shea Stadium before Game 1 of the National League Championship Series between the Mets and the St Louis Cardinals on October 12,2006.

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Darryl Strawberry was given a rousing ovation by the Shea Stadium crowd.

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Darryl Strawberry served as an anchor on the Mets pre- and post- game shows on SNY in 2007 and 2008, eventually settling into a part-time analysis role for the 2009 season.

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Darryl Strawberry opened his own restaurant, Strawberry's Sports Grill, in Douglaston, Queens in August 2010.

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Darryl Strawberry is an evangelical born-again Christian and has appeared on The Trinity Broadcasting Network.

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Darryl Strawberry has appeared on The 700 Club to talk about his life and his newfound faith in Jesus.

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Darryl Strawberry frequently donates to charity and was a headliner of the BGC Charity Day event at BGC Partners in 2010.

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Darryl Strawberry has another son, Jordan, who played college basketball for the Mercer Bears.

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Darryl Strawberry has stated that his father was an alcoholic who was verbally and physically abusive to him and his brothers.

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On September 26,2020, Darryl Strawberry led a prayer in the 2020 Franklin Graham Prayer March.

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On December 19,1995, Darryl Strawberry was charged in California with failing to make child support payments.

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On September 11,2000, in Tampa, Florida, Darryl Strawberry tried to drive to see his probation officer after taking painkillers.

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The next day, Darryl Strawberry admitted to the charges and his probation was changed to two years of house arrest.

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On October 25,2000, Darryl Strawberry left a Tampa drug treatment center to use drugs with a female friend, violating his house arrest and parole.

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On November 3,2000, Darryl Strawberry told a judge in Tampa that he had lost his will to live and had stopped chemotherapy.

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On March 12,2002, Darryl Strawberry was back in jail for violating several non-drug rules at the drug treatment center where he was on probation in Ocala, Florida.

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In September 2005, Darryl Strawberry was charged with filing a false police report after he claimed his SUV was stolen.

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Darryl Strawberry admitted that he had lied on the report but was not arrested because it was a misdemeanor.

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Darryl Strawberry appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated seven times: five times by himself, once with Don Mattingly, and once with Dwight Gooden.

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Darryl Strawberry appeared, as himself, in The Simpsons episode "Homer at the Bat".

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Darryl Strawberry was a featured pro on the second season of the physical reality game show Pros vs Joes.

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In 2010, Darryl Strawberry appeared on NBC's The Apprentice with Sharon Osbourne, Cyndi Lauper, Bret Michaels, and others.

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On February 8,2011, Darryl Strawberry appeared along with Clara Hughes and Stephane Richer on a Canadian documentary by Michael Landsberg to talk about his battle with depression.

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On Wednesday, November 15,2017, Darryl Strawberry appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to talk about his new book Don't Give Up on Me, which sheds light on addiction and recovery.

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