Thursday, August 24, 2023

Congratulations to Dwight Gooden and Darrell Strawberry for Having Their Numbers Retired by the Mets

 Congratulations to Dwight Gooden and Darrell Strawbery for having their numbers retired by the Mets in 2024.  Both were instrumental in the Mets World Series victory in 1986.

There are no written rules on criteria for when a former player's number can be retired.  Under previous owners, only 37-Casey Stengel, 14-Gil Hodges and 41-Tom Seaver's numbers were retired. Since Steve Cohen became owner 17-Keith Hernandez, 36-Jerry Koosman, Mike Pizza-31 and Willie Mays-24 had their numbers retired.  Certainly, in the years to come David Wright-5 will have his number retired.  It is possible that the Mets will retire Gary Carter-8.

Sadly, Gooden and Strawberry had problems with drug abuse.  I am certain that their problems are in the past and we should honor them for their accomplishments.

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