186. Darryl Strawberry

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186. Darryl Strawberry
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: March 12, 1962 in Los Angeles, CA USA
  • Weight: 190 lbs.
  • Height: 6'6"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: May 06, 1983
  • Final Game: October 03, 1999
  • Rookie of the Year - 1983
  • Silver Slugger - 1988
  • TSN All-Star - 1988
  • Silver Slugger - 1990
  • TSN All-Star - 1990
  • MVP - 1987
  • MVP - 1988
  • MVP - 1990
  • MVP - 1991
  • Rookie of the Year - 1983
 
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Darryl Strawberry was at one time the most feared hitter in the National League, and a case could be made that he was also the most recognized.

Drafted first overall in 1980, Strawberry debuted with the Mets in 1983, winning the Rookie of the Year.  The electric Outfielder was an All-Star in 1984 and would be again the next six seasons in New York.  Strawberry was one of the reasons that Mets fans came to the park, hoping to see one of his Home Runs, and every year as a Met, he delivered at least 25 of them, including a league-leading 39 in 1988.  That season, he was second in MVP voting, losing to Kirk Gibson of the Dodgers, though Strawberry likely should have won.

The Mets won the 1986 World Series, and he was on top of the world, finishing in the top ten in MVP voting three other seasons.  The two-time Silver Slugger was exceptionally popular and well-known and was on top of the world, or so it seemed.

During this elite period as a Met, he was not exactly angelic.  He had fought openly with teammates, was abusing drugs, and was known to be selfish, often showing up late.  Needing a change of scenery, Strawberry signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a Free Agent in 1991, and he was again an All-Star with 28 Home Runs.  As it turned out, this was the end of his dominance.

Injuries and off-field issues reduced him to a shell of what he was, but despite this, he consistently found work throughout the 1990s, most notably winning three World Series Rings in a reduced role with the New York Yankees.  He retired with 335 Home Runs and 1,000 Runs Batted In, but it felt like he should have so much more.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Saturday, 01 January 2005
  • Position: Outfield
  • Played For: Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Rings (4) (New York Mets 1986, New York Yankees 1996, 1998 & 1999) 
    All-Star (8) (1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 & 1991)
    Rookie of the Year (NL) (1983)
    Silver Slugger (2) (NL) (1988 & 1990)
    Highest Slugging Percentage (1) (NL) (1988) 
    Highest OPS (1) (NL) (1988)
    Most Home Runs (1) (NL) (1988)
    Highest OPS+ (1) (NL) (1988)
    Highest Power-Speed # (2) (NL) (1984 & 1988)
    Highest Win Probability Added (1) (NL) (1987)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten MVP Finishes: 
    (NL: 1987, 6th), (NL: 1988, 2nd), (NL: 1990, 3rd) & (NL: 1991, 9th)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Position Players)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Offensive bWAR)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Defensive bWAR)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (OPS+)
    2 Top Ten Finish (Runs Scored)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
    9 Top Ten Finishes (Home Runs)
    6 Top Ten Finish (Runs Batted In)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Walks)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Stolen Bases)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Extra Base Hits)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Power-Speed #)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Championship Win Probability Added)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Total Zone Runs)

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    42. Power-Speed #: 266.3
    78. Intentional Walks: 131
    98. OPS+: 138
    98. Slugging Percentage: .505

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

    2005: 1.2%

  • Should be Inducted As A: New York Met

Should Darryl Strawberry be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 60%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 20%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 20%
No way! - 0%

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