Dwight Gooden is the former standout pitcher for the Mets and Yankees. He was arrested last month in New Jersey on charges against cocaine possession and driving under the influence of it.
Gooden, 54, has faced up to 5 terms of imprisonment on the charge of possession of controlled dangerous substance, a third-degree felony in New Jersey. He was also alleged for custody of drug paraphernalia and being under its influence while driving, which is considered a traffic violation in New Jersey.
Who is Dwight Gooden?
Gooden started off as an electric pitcher. He had a fastball that can approach 100 miles per hour and a devastating curveball and immediately dominated the Mets. As early as in 1984, he was known an All-star, and his 1985 season was considered as one of the remarkable in the history of baseball. Gooden went 24-4 with a 1.53 ERA averaging almost a strikeout innings, on his way to winning the National League Cy Young award.
In his 16 years long career, Gooden won 194 games and three World Series rings. However, Injuries and possibly overuse, plus repeated struggles with drug and alcohol abuse, interrupted his successful career, and gradually called off his career.
He has missed the beginning of the 1987 season after being positive for an M.L.B. test for cocaine. He was also made to stay in a rehabilitation centre for a few months. He was twice tested positive for doping during the strike-shortened 1994 season. As a result, he was suspended from the 1995 season. Gooden, who also played for the Cleveland Indians and Houston and Tampa Bay, retired before the 2001 season.
His pro-rated salary for 60 games was set to be $2.2 million. He was hitting .161 with two homers and four RBIs in eight games after playing just 119 games combined in 2017 and 2018 combined before missing all of 2019. Cespedes signed a four-year, $110 million deal with the Mets in 2017 and was set to make $29.5 million this season, but his salary was reduced to $6 million after it was revealed he reinjured himself on his ranch last year in an incident involving a wild boar. Gooden said he believes Cespedes would have been better off sticking it out and trying to hit his way to a new contract next season.
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