Just in time for the holiday season, Mets 101's Seven in Seven series returns as our gift to you. Each week, the Mets 101 staff will begin a countdown of something related to the New York Mets ( i.e. best third baseman, worst defeat, etc.). We will begin our countdown on Sundays with the number seven and work all the way to number one. Inspired by recent comments from Curtis Granderson and Carlos Beltran, this week's countdown takes a look at the seven most notable people to wear both a Mets and Yankees uniform. We continue our countdown today with outfielder Darryl Strawberry.
Mets Stats (1983-1990): 1,109 Games, 1,025 Hits, 662 Runs, 187 2B's, 30 3B's, 252 HR's, 733 RBI's, 191 SB's, .263 BA
Yankees Stats (1995-1999): 231 Games, 169 Hits, 105 Runs, 34 2B's, 3 Triples, 41 HR's, 114 RBI's, 16 SB's, .255 BA
Mets Story: Strawberry was the number one overall pick in the 1980 draft for the Mets. After spending two years in the team's farm system, Strawberry made his major league debut in the 1983 season. Strawberry was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 1983, and from there he became the anchor of the Mets' lineup. Straw was the cleanup hitter for the great Mets' teams of the mid 1980's and was one of the two stars (along with Dwight Gooden) of the 1986 World Champion Mets. Strawberry made seven straight All Star appearances for the Mets, representing them from 1984-1990. Strawberry was a tremendous player for the Mets, but he struggled with a cocaine addiction off the field. Strawberry left the Mets after the 1990 season to sign a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Mets quickly fell apart without their cleanup hitter.
Yankees Story: Strawberry signed with the Yankees in 1995 as an attempt to revitalize his career. Straw spent parts of the next five years with the Yankees in a part time role, and got to win three more World Series rings with the Yankees. While with the Yankees during the 1998 season, Strawberry was diagnosed with colon cancer and was forced to miss the postseason undergoing treatment. Strawberry beat his cancer and came back for the 1999 season, although he was again a part time player. Strawberry did deliver a critical home run in the American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers to help the Yankees advance. Strawberry retired following the 1999 season.
Who got the Better Player?
The answer here is clearly the Mets. Strawberry was with the Mets for his prime years and was an offensive force for them. Even though the Mets only won one championship in Strawberry's eight seasons, that is hardly his fault. Strawberry was a clutch performer and would have made a serious run at Hall of Fame consideration if drug issues didn't get in his way. Strawberry did get to end his career with three more rings as a member of the Yankees, so they did get some good years from him.
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