Dwight Gooden

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Age: 46 (born November 16, 1964)
Position: P
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Number: 16
Acquired: Amateur draft (1st round)
Contract: Retired

Dwight Gooden was a pitcher for the Mets from 1984 to 1994. He recorded 157 wins and posted a 3.10 earned run average with the team. Gooden had 1875 strikeouts in 305 games pitched as a Met.

Gooden was selected by the Mets in the first round of the 1982 free agent draft. At A-level Lynchburg (Virginia) in 1983, he had a 19-4 won-lost record with 300 strikeouts and a 2.50 ERA. Dwight also pitched for the AAA-level Tidewater (Norfolk, Virginia) team in its triumph in the ’83 AAA World Series.

In 1984, Gooden pitched in 31 games for the Mets. He set a major league rookie record of 276 strikeouts and was named the National League Rookie of the Year. At Houston on April 7, Dwight was the winning pitcher in his major league debut as the Mets defeated the Astros, 3-2. He struck out 11 batters and pitched a four-hit shutout for a 2-0 Mets win at Los Angeles on May 11. Gooden recorded 14 strikeouts and got the win in a 2-1 Mets victory over the Dodgers on May 25 at Shea Stadium. He struck out eight batters and got the win in a critical 2-1 Mets triumph over the Cubs at Shea on July 27. Dwight pitched a one-hitter in the Mets’ 10-0 win over the Cubs on September 7 at Shea. He also fanned 16 batters and broke the rookie record held by Cleveland’s Herb Score in a 2-0 Mets triumph over the Pirates at Shea on September 12.

Dwight led the National League with 24 wins, 268 strikeouts and a 1.53 ERA in 1985. He set a Mets team record of 8 shutouts and was named the NL’s Cy Young Award winner. Gooden struck out 10 batters and pitched a four-hitter as the Mets defeated the Reds, 4-0, at Shea on April 14. He hurled a four-hitter in a 4-1 Mets victory over the Astros at Shea on April 30. Dwight pitched a three-hitter with 13 strikeouts for a 5-0 Mets win over the Phillies on May 10 at Shea. He hurled a six-hit shutout in a 1-0 Mets win over the Cubs at Shea on June 19. At Houston on July 14, Gooden pitched a complete game five-hitter for a 1-0 Mets victory over the Astros. He recorded ten strikeouts and hurled a shutout in a 2-0 Mets win over the Expos at Shea on July 30. Dwight fanned 16 batters in the Mets’ 3-0 win over the Giants at Shea on August 20. He became the youngest 20-game winner in major league history in a 9-3 Mets triumph over the Padres at Shea on August 25. Gooden hurled a two-hit shutout with eleven strikeouts and hit a two-run double in a 9-0 Mets victory over the Phillies at Shea on September 16. He hit his first major league home run (a three-run blast in the first inning) and got the win in the Mets’ 12-1 victory over the Pirates on September 21 at Shea. At Chicago on September 26, Dwight pitched his eighth shutout of the year in a 3-0 Mets win over the Cubs.

Gooden recorded his third consecutive 200-strikeout season in 1986. He led the Mets with 250 innings pitched and won 17 games in the team’s World Championship season. Dwight pitched a complete game six-hitter as the Mets defeated the Pirates, 4-2, in the season opener at Pittsburgh on April 8. He pitched a five-hit shutout for a 9-0 Mets victory over the Cardinals on April 25 at St. Louis. Gooden pitched a two-hit shutout and drove in two runs with a triple in a 4-0 Mets triumph over the Astros at Shea on May 6. He struck out 10 batters in a 4-2 Mets win over the Dodgers at Shea on May 28. Dwight fanned 13 batters over eight innings in a no-decision in the Mets’ 6-5 win over the Pirates on June 13 at Shea. He pitched a complete game four-hitter in a 7-1 Mets victory over the Padres in the first game of a doubleheader at Shea on September 7. Gooden hurled all nine innings in the Mets’ 4-2 win over the Cubs to clinch the National League East Division title on September 17 at Shea. He also pitched a two-hit complete game and hit a run-scoring single in a 5-2 Mets triumph over the Cardinals at Shea on September 22.

Dwight had a 1.06 ERA in the ’86 National League Championship Series. He struck out nine batters in 17 innings pitched over two games against the Astros. In the World Series, Gooden again fanned nine batters in two losing decisions to the Red Sox.

Gooden received medical treatment and missed the first two months of the 1987 season. Despite his absence, he led the Mets with 15 wins and a 3.21 ERA for the year. In his season debut on June 5, Dwight struck out five batters and got the win in a 5-1 Mets victory over the Pirates at Shea. He had a complete game in the Mets' 3-2 win over the Phillies at Shea on June 20. Gooden pitched a complete game in a 3-2 Mets triumph over the Cardinals at Shea on June 30. He hurled a shutout for a 9-0 win over the Reds at Shea on July 16. Dwight struck out 11 batters and singled home a run in a 5-3 Mets triumph over the Phillies on August 4 at Shea. He pitched a four-hit shutout for a 4-0 Mets win over the Giants at San Francisco on August 28. Gooden pitched a three-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts and scored two runs for a 10-0 Mets victory over the Expos on September 16 at Montreal. He also hurled a complete game in the Mets' 7-1 triumph over the Cubs at Chicago on September 21.

In 1988, Gooden had an 18-9 won-lost record. He posted a 3.19 ERA in 34 games pitched during the Mets’ division-winning season. Dwight pitched six innings and had an RBI single in a 4-3 Mets win over the Phillies at Philadelphia on April 10. He hurled a two-hit shutout in a 3-0 Mets win over the Cardinals (shortened to six innings by rain) at Shea on on April 15. On April 20, Gooden recorded 11 strikeouts in a four-hit complete game and hit a two-run single for a 6-2 Mets win over the Phillies at Shea. He shut out the Reds on four hits in an 11-0 Mets win over the Reds at Cincinnati on May 1. Dwight pitched a four-hit shutout and hit a two-run single in the Mets’ 4-0 victory over the Dodgers on May 21 at Los Angeles. He had a complete game and hit a home run in an 11-3 Mets triumph over the Cubs at Shea on June 5. Dwight pitched a five-hit complete game for a 7-2 Mets win over the Astros on July 2 at Shea. He recorded his 1,000th career strikeout in a complete game win as the Mets defeated the Braves, 6-1, in the first game of a doubleheader on July 22 at Shea. Gooden also recorded 20 strikeouts in the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers.

An injured shoulder kept Gooden sidelined for two months in the 1989 season. He appeared in 19 games (two in relief) and recorded 101 strikeouts during the year. In the season opener at Shea on April 3, Dwight fanned eight batters in seven innings and got the win in an 8-4 Mets triumph over the Cardinals. He singled, doubled, scored a run and chalked up the win in a 6-1 Mets victory over the Braves at Shea on April 26. Gooden kept the Cubs scoreless for six innings in a rain-shortened 2-0 Mets win on June 14 at Shea. He had nine strikeouts and recorded a win in a 5-3 Mets victory over the Expos at Shea on June 19. At Philadelphia on September 13, Dwight pitched three scoreless innings of relief in a 10-4 Mets win over the Phillies. He also pitched four innings to earn his first career save in the Mets’ 5-2 win on September 19 at Chicago.

Dwight won 19 games and fanned 223 batters in 1990. He pitched 232 and two-thirds innings over 34 games started for the season. Gooden hurled seven innings for the win in a 4-1 Mets victory over the Cubs at Shea on April 19. He struck out 15 batters and hit a three-run triple in a 9-4 Mets victory over the Dodgers at Shea on May 11. Dwight pitched a two-hit shutout for a 3-0 Mets win over the Phillies on June 23 at Shea. He hurled seven innings and got the win in a 10-3 Mets victory over the Reds in a doubleheader opener at Cincinnati on July 12. Gooden recorded 10 strikeouts and singled to drive in a run in the Mets’ 6-2 triumph over the Astros at Houston on July 17. He fanned 11 hitters and scored a run in a 3-2 Mets victory over the Dodgers on August 24 at Los Angeles. Dwight pitched a complete game with 10 strikeouts in the Mets’ 12-2 win over the Phillies at Philadelphia on September 8. He also had 10 strikeouts and hit a double in a 7-1 Mets victory over the Cubs on September 28 at Shea.

In 1991, Gooden pitched 190 innings and had a 13-7 won-lost record. He struck out 150 batters for the season. Dwight pitched eight innings and recorded the win in the Mets’ 2-1 victory over the Phillies in the season opener at Shea on April 8. He had 14 strikeouts and his only career stolen base in a 5-3 Mets win over the Expos at Shea on April 13. Gooden pitched a three-hit shutout and hit a double for a 6-0 Mets win over the Astros on June 15 at Shea. He hit a home run and recorded a win in a 9-7 Mets victory over the Braves on June 20 at Atlanta. Dwight fanned nine batters and scored a run in the Mets’ 3-1 win at Philadelphia on July 5. He pitched eight shutout innings to earn the win in a 4-0 Mets triumph over the Padres on July 27 at San Diego. Gooden also pitched eight innings and hit a two-run single in a 7-1 Mets victory over the Pirates at Shea on August 7.

Dwight pitched in 31 games for the Mets in 1992. He had 10 wins and a 3.67 ERA for the year. Gooden pitched seven innings, singled twice and scored a run in a 4-2 Mets win over the Cardinals at Shea on April 21. He hurled six and one-third innings for the win and drove in a run in the Mets' 7-3 victory over the Padres at Shea on May 12. Dwight fanned seven hitters in eight innings and got a win in the Mets’ 6-3 victory at San Francisco on May 23. He had an RBI double that put the Mets ahead to stay for a 3-2 win over the Cubs on June 24 at Shea. Gooden pitched seven innings and recorded the win in a 5-3 Mets triumph over the Astros in the first game of a doubleheader at Shea on July 4. He hit a two-run homer in a 4-1 Mets win on August 24 at San Francisco. Dwight pitched a complete game in a 3-2 Mets victory at St. Louis on September 23. He also pitched a four-hitter and hit a triple in a 2-1 Mets win over the Pirates on October 3 at Shea.

Gooden led all Mets pitchers with 29 games started in 1993. He also posted team highs of 12 wins, 149 strikeouts, 208 and two-thirds innings pitched and a 3.45 ERA for the season. Dwight pitched a four-hit shutout and scored the game’s first run to lead the Mets to a 3-0 win over the Rockies in the season opener at Shea on April 5. He hurled a complete game and hit a run-scoring double in a 3-2 Mets triumph over the Padres at San Diego on May 2. Gooden allowed four hits in shutting out the Marlins for a 4-0 Mets victory on May 7 at Shea. He had a homer, two singles and three RBIs while recording a win in a 6-1 Mets triumph over the Braves at Shea on May 22. Dwight pitched seven innings and scored twice in an 11-3 Mets win at Chicago on June 2. He pitched a complete game with eight strikeouts for a 7-2 Mets win over the Cubs on June 7 at Shea. Gooden struck out nine batters to record a win in the Mets’ 7-1 win over the Rockies at Shea on August 26. He also had a pinch-hit RBI triple in a season-closing 9-2 Mets victory over the Marlins on October 3 at Florida.

In 1994, Dwight appeared in seven games for the Mets. He had a 3-4 won-lost record with 40 strikeouts in his final year with the team. Gooden had a two-run single and was the winning pitcher in the Mets’ 12-8 victory in the season opener at Chicago on April 4. he pitched six innings and recorded a win in a 9-1 Mets triumph over the Astros on April 16 at Shea. Dwight pitched eight innings to get his last win as a Met in a 6-1 victory at Florida on June 19. At Pittsburgh on June 24, he struck out seven batters in five and one-third innings as the Mets lost to the Pirates, 9-4, in his final game with the team.

Gooden pitched for the Yankees, Indians, Devil Rays and Astros before the end of his career in 2000. He was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame in 2010.