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 wrap up our countdown today with a look at who's number one, starting pitcher Dwight "Doc" Gooden.
Mets Stats (1984-1994): 305 Games, 2,169.2 Innings Pitched, 157-85 Won-Loss Record, 3.10 ERA, 67 Complete Games, 23 Shutouts, 1,875 K's, 1.18 WHIP, 1 Save
Yankees Stats (1996-1997, 2000): 67 Games, 341.1 Innings Pitched, 67-53 Won-Loss Record, 1 Complete Game, 1 Shutout, 4.67 ERA, 223 K's, 1.50 WHIP, 2 Saves
Mets Story: Dwight Gooden took the baseball world by storm after making his major league debut in 1984. Gooden easily won Rookie of the Year and nearly took home the Cy Young Award, but he managed to top himself in his encore. In 1985, Gooden pitched one of the greatest individual seasons in baseball history, going 24-4 with a 1.53 ERA and piling up 268 strikeouts in 276.1 innings pitched. Gooden won the Cy Young Award for that outstanding season and established himself as the best young pitcher in the game. Gooden would serve as the ace of the staff for the Mets' World Series Championship in 1986 and for their division title team in 1988. Gooden would begin to break down in the late 80's and early 90's, however, as injuries mounted from overuse in his first few years. Gooden also dealt with a cocaine addiction off the field, both factors that led his performance to decline. Gooden's cocaine problems ended up getting him suspended for the entire 1995 season, ending his Mets career and resulting in Doc contemplating suicide as his baseball career appeared to be over.
Yankees Story: Gooden received a second chance in 1996, when the Yankees signed him to a one year contract. After pitching poorly to start the year, Gooden had a career moment when he threw a no hitter against the Seattle Mariners on May 14th. Gooden would regain some of his vintage form with the Yankees, going 11-7 and pitching to a 3.09 ERA for a two month stretch. Gooden missed the postseason in 1996 due to injury, but he did win another World Series ring. Gooden pitched again with the Yankees in 1997 before leaving as a free agent, but that would not be the end of his time with the Yankees. Gooden joined the 2000 Yankees on a minor league deal, but he made only relief appearances in the first two rounds of the playoffs. Gooden didn't pitch in the 2000 World Series against his former team, the Mets, but he did win his third World Series ring with the Yankees before retiring at the end of the season.
Who got the better player?
This one goes to the Mets, where Gooden was one of the best pitchers in the game for a six year stretch. Gooden made four All Star teams and won the Rookie of the Year Award, a Cy Young Award, and a World Series title with the Mets. Injuries and drug use, however, took their toll on Gooden's career. Gooden was a shadow of himself when he joined the Yankees, but he did throw a no hitter and win two more World Series titles with the Bronx Bombers. All told, both franchises had a positive experience with Gooden.
- Mets 101 Seven in Seven Series: Famous Faces to Play in Both Boroughs #3-David Cone
- Mets 101 Seven in Seven Series: Famous Faces to Play in Both Boroughs #5 – Yogi Berra
- Mets 101 Seven in Seven Series: Famous Faces to Play in Both Boroughs #7-Robin Ventura
- Mets 101 Seven in Seven Series: Famous Faces to Play in Both Boroughs #4-Willie Randolph
- Mets 101 Seven in Seven Series: Famous Faces to Play in Both Boroughs #6-Rickey Henderson
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