Dwight Gooden was an outstanding baseball player for the Yankees, Mets, Indians, Astros and Devil Rays, but his life also was surrounded by drugs and until this day drugs are the main problems to his latest arrest. Keep reading to know more about him plus take a look at Dwight Gooden’s photos and video below.
As you all have probably heard, former baseball pitcher Dwight Gooden was arrested after his vehicle crashed on Tuesday March 23rd in New Jersey. He was allegedly driving under the effects of drugs so he left the accident scene, but the other car’s driver recognized him. To leave the scene was not just one of the many crimes he is been charged for, some others are since he was driving with a his five year old son Franklin, he has been charged with endangering a child, driving under the influence of drugs, reckless driving, failure to notify changes of address on his driver’s license, failure to keep right and driving under the influence of drugs with the a child as a passenger. This is not the first time he has been involved in traffic problems and DUI. Back in 2002 he was charged with DUI, in 2005 he allegedly punched his girlfriend, then that same year he was pulled over by the Tampa police when he was allegedly driving a little crazy, but he drove away. He was once again charged with DUI. In 2006 he tested positive for cocaine, failing his probation, that same year he served 7 months in jail.
His alleged experiences with drugs are all well known, but we will get to that in a little while, first let’s take a look at his early years. He was born on November 16, 1964 in Tampa, Florida. As a young boy his passion for baseball made him an excellent player, which takes us to the moment when he was drafted in 1982, first in the minor league where he became noticed by the big guys who drafted him in 1984 by the New York Mets. Dwight was just 19 at that time and even at that young age he became a terrific pitcher, the power of his fastball was legendary and don’t even get me started on his curve ball. This young pitcher became a hero in baseball, here is where he earned several nicknames, perhaps you remember some like Dr. J, Lord Charles and Doc.
Doc made it that year at the All-Star Selection, that year again in 1985, 86 and 88. Also, in 1984 he was named Rookie of the year, in 1985 he was named Pitcher of the Year and received the Cy Young Award. In 1986 along with the Mets, they won the World Series, but 1986 was not just a year of victories but also the year when Doc’s drug ghosts began to haunt him. He got into a fight with the police and later he was tested positive for cocaine.
In 1996 he became a New York Yankee, but with his alleged drug and alcohol problems he never achieved the level he was meant to have, for this reason he was released by the Yankees on 1997, signed with the Cleveland Indians in 1998. He was later released in 1999, signed with the Houston Astros in 2000, and released that same year. He then signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, finally returned to the Yankees at the end of 2000 and he later retired in 2001, but continued to get involved in baseball by taking an administrative position at the Yankees’ offices.
Early this year it was announced that he was offered a position as training adviser with the Mets and will join the New York Mets Hall Of Fame.
Take a look at Dwight Gooden’s photos and video below.
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Photos: Wikipedia.org/Brad Hunter, slgckgc