Die hard baseball fans will remember that the New York Mets’ Dwight Gooden was one of the most amazing pitchers ever. Dr. K (aka Doc Gooden) mixed a great 95 mph fastball with a movement and an amazing curveball that buckled batter’s knees. The amazing four time all star’s life after baseball as well as his playing career was sadly marred by alcohol and drug abuse. The New York Daily News said that Gooden’s DWI arrest in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey came after “three and one half years” of sobriety. When it happen, his five year old son Dylan was in the car.
At 45, Dwight Gooden faces multiple charges
As well as being intoxicated while driving, Gooden has also been charged with DWI with a child passenger, endangering the welfare of a child, reckless driving, and leaving the scene of the two car accident. The accident was reported though a 911 call.
It was reported by the Daily News that Gooden was released eventually on his own recognizance. New Jersey Police have not revealed what drug was involved, although Gooden has struggled with alcohol and cocaine in the past. Territory came with financial struggles. Hopefully Dwight Gooden would use installment payday loans appropriately if he did use them.
Missing life – and the Hall of Fame
There’s little doubt that if Dwight Gooden hadn’t struggled with substance abuse during his baseball career, he’d be on his way to the Hall of Fame. His career was shortened by battles with cocaine and the bottle as well as the five separate years he spent in court and in rehab stints. Yet that doesn’t even begin to touch upon how much Dwight Gooden has lost in life due to addiction. That is a private struggle between Dwight Gooden and his family, one that may or may not have involved no credit check personal loans during times of trouble.
The evidence is ample in his play day. He finished with a 194-112 record and 3.51 ERA. Both of his records are excellent according to Baseball reference; he had a 162-game average, a 16-9 season with 7.4 strikeouts per nine innings. Yet even those stats fail to represent his early-career magnificence. In the 1984 National League Rookie of the Year he set the Major League rookie record of 276 strikeouts and 11.4 strikeouts for every nine innings. You can’t count the rookie “Matches” Matt Kilroy’s 513 strikeouts for the Baltimore of American Association in 1886 since the rules were very different then and today the American Association is less than Major League caliber.
1985 was Dr. K’s year
After an amazing rookie season, Gooden got much better. All he did in 1985 was go 24-4 with a 1.53 ERA and league-leading 268 strikeouts. This was one of the best pitching seasons in Major League history. Dr. K played a key role the following season with the New York Mets’ first world series triumph since 1969. However, red flags began to show. He was arrested after fighting police in his hometown of Tampa, Florida by December 13, 1986 and missed his team’s victory parade because he’d been on a cocaine binge. He had a few victories afterward but there was nothing like what had been before. On May 14, 1996 he threw a no hitter while on the New York Yankees, the team who won titles in that season and in 2000.
How does someone who endangers a young child like that walk?
That is a question the New Jersey Police can answer, but they won’t talk. Dwight Gooden clearly needs help, but he should not be allowed to place a five-year-old at risk again. Hopefully it wasn’t a situation of skating on fame.