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Like Mets teammate Darryl Strawberry, Gooden had very public struggles with drug addiction and alcoholism, culminating in a series of embarrassing arrests. Many observers feel that these infractions with the police are the reason his name has been removed from future Hall of Fame ballot nominations.

Today, Gooden has mended his life and his now clean and sober. He credits Strawberry’s friendship as part of his recovery. Strawberry, now an ordained minister, travels about the country speaking on the dangers of drug addiction and alcoholism. A few years ago, the pair buried their differences and became friends.

Gooden details much of his incredible story in his 2013 book, Doc: A Memoir. 

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