MLB.com Recognizes These Melanated Mound Marauders For Their Dominance | ‘Hoot’ and ‘Doc’ Produced Top 5 Cy Young Seasons

MLB.com Recognizes These Melanated Mound Marauders For Their Dominance | ‘Hoot’ and ‘Doc’ Produced Top 5 Cy Young Seasons

There has only been a total of 116 CY Young Award winners in baseball history. According to a recent report on MLB.com, two of our MLBbros were acknowledged as having one of the Top 5 most dominant Cy Young award-winning seasons we have ever seen.

 

#3 Nobody Could Mess With the “Hoot”

In sports there are stars, then there are game changers. Coming in at #3 on the list we have MLBbro Bob “Hoot” Gibson whose 1968 season was so out of this world, the next season MLB made a rule change to lower the pitching mound just to help hitters facing him.

 

 

Gibson would have a record of 22-9 with an ERA of 1.12 and 268 strikeouts in 34 appearances, with 28 of them being complete games. During the months of June and July that season “The Hoot” was unhittable, only allowing two earned runs in 92 straight innings with 13 shutouts.

Although Gibson is on this list for his Cy Young accolade, it wasn’t the only award that he won that season. Along with his Cy Young Award, Gibson would win a Gold Glove Award and NL MVP Award, along with being named the Sporting News ‘Pitcher of the Year’ while helping the St. Louis Cardinals win the NL Pennant.

1968 was considered the “Year of the pitcher”, because so many hurlers had career seasons, but the leader of the pack was Bob “The Hoot” Gibson who was so dominant that they MLB lowered the mound to return an advantage back to the hitter.

 

#4 The “Doc” Is In 

 

In 1985, Dwight Gooden was living life like a Wiz Khalifa song. At 20 years old he was young, wild, and free to prescribe Ks to any batter who was addicted to the humiliation of facing baseball’s youngest, Blackest superstar.

Fresh off winning the NL Rookie of the Year award, Gooden would take his talent to another level, like going from his Master’s to PHD, earning the nickname the “Doc”.

This MLBbro would have a dominating season pitching 35 games posting a record of 24-4 with a staggering 1.53 ERA in 276.2 inning pitched and 268 strikeouts, earning him a Triple Crown (The only pitcher to do so in the 1980’s).

 

 

Supreme Analytical Season

 

If we used today’s analytics to describe how magical this season was, the Doc’s rWAR is listed at 12.2 which is only surpassed by Walter Johnson (13.5 in 1912 and 14.6 in 1913) and the pitcher the award is named after Cy Young (12.6 in 1906).

His 1.53 ERA (NY Mets Franchise Record) is the second best after the dead ball era behind who? You guessed it, Bob “The Hoot” Gibson’s 1968 ERA (1.12).  Gooden would also finish fourth in the NL MVP race and be selected to the All-Star team. Congrats to these MLB Bros on making this list, getting the recognition they truly deserve, and being remembered for generations to come.

Darryl And Doc’s Time Is Now To Have Number Retired | What Are The Mets Waiting For?

Darryl And Doc’s Time Is Now To Have Number Retired | What Are The Mets Waiting For?

Last week, the New York Mets honored play-by-play announcer Gary Cohen, inducting him into their Hall of Fame. It was well deserved. Cohen, for a long time, has been lauded as one of the best in the business.

Last July, Keith Hernandez’s jersey number was retired by the Mets. Saying Hernandez, an 11-time Gold Glove winner at first base, an MLB record at the position, is the greatest defensive first baseman of all-time is not a hot take. His premier defense, contact hitting skills and strong leadership were essential for a Mets team that would go on to win the 1986 World Series.

However, it got us wondering here at MLBbro… when will they retire the numbers of Dwight “Doc” Gooden and Darryl Strawberry? There is no ‘86 Championship glory without the greatness of these brothas known as “Doctor K” and “Straw.” They also remain the most talented, exciting and impactful players (can put Tom Seaver, Mike Piazza, David Wright and Jose Reyes in that category as well) that the Mets have ever had.

What are the Mets waiting for? Yes, these men have made mistakes off the field, but how long should they be punished? Is it fair to withhold an honor from a player due for off the field transgressions when they’ve mostly hurt themselves? Debatable. I

n a 1985 federal testimony, Hernandez admitted to using cocaine during the 1980 season while a member of the Cardinals. Time passed and he was forgiven. Jerry Koosman was sentenced to jail in 2009 for tax evasion. He was forgiven and the Mets retired his jersey in 2021. Can Gooden and Strawberry receive the same grace or do the Mets have some sort of grudge?

Whatever the answer is, one thing’s for sure. It can’t be their game because on the field, well, they were spectacular. The term “box office” is thrown around a lot these days for different players.

 

But, Gooden and Strawberry were all that and then some! The energy of the city was just different when Gooden took the mound, especially during his dominant 1985 season. Young fans could compare a Doc outing to the energy behind a Jake deGrom or Shohei Ohtani start. He was REALLY “him;” an absolute must watch. Batters dug in against Doc knowing they didn’t stand a chance. He’d go 24-4 that season with a 1.54 era, racking up a whopping 264 K’s with a devastating fastball and one of the best curveballs the game has ever seen.

Dwight Gooden was 157-85 with a 3.10 ERA, 1,7875 strikeouts in 305 appearances for The Metropolitans. His .649 win percentage is best in Mets franchise history, He’s second to the legendary Tom Seaver in wins, strikeouts and WAR.

Meanwhile, Darryl Strawberry, blessed baseball fans with a tremendous combination of bat speed, foot speed, and natural home run hitting power as well as being a dynamic offensive threat. He bro bombed an MLB leading 39 home runs in 1988. His speed on the base paths made him elite, notably during the ’87 season, when he became the 9th player in MLB history to join the 30-30 club.

Strawberry batted .263 with 1,025 hits, 252 home runs, 733 RBIs, 662 runs and 191 stolen bases in his career as a Met. He was one of the most feared sluggers in the 80’s and is currently STILL sitting atop the Mets all time home run list. Straw still also ranks second in Mets history for RBIs and WAR amongst position players.

The numbers don’t lie. With Keith Hernandez #17 retirement almost one year old at Citi Field, Doc & Darryl should be in the on deck circle for their numbers to be retired next. With the notoriously petty Wilpons out of the way, new owner, Steve Cohen, should ensure no one else wears 16 or 18 in Queens ever again.

Darryl Strawberry’s African-American Dream: Rock Star, Rock Bottom, Redemption

Darryl Strawberry’s African-American Dream: Rock Star, Rock Bottom, Redemption

Jay-Z said, “You can’t change a player’s game in the ninth inning,” but Darryl Strawberry did just that and now, one of the most charismatic, talented, and tortured souls in MLB history is playing a new game, walking a righteous path. 

At the height of his career, no one had a bigger name or a bigger swing in Major League Baseball.

Indeed, Darryl Strawberry had it all.

 

 

And then Straw lost it all. His fall from grace was as colossal as one of his 335 career home runs.

Strawberry, who started his career with the New York Mets, was the NL Rookie of the Year in 1983. He was a fan favorite and was voted to the All-Star Game eight straight years from 1984-1991.

He helped turn the Mets from perennial losers to World Series winners in 1986.It was during that season that Straw enjoyed his greatest moment in the game. “The moment I think about more than anything was the night that we clinched (the National League East division title) at home in 1986,” Strawberry said.  

“We had such a phenomenal year that season, kind of ran away with it. 

“But when it came to clinching, which was really hard. We traveled a few times and lost.”

But finally, with Mets’ ace Doc Gooden on the mound against the Chicago Cubs, the Mets wrapped it up. 

 

“I had watched baseball for so long that when you clinch a division, the fans used to be able to run on the field,” Straw said. “And that’s what happened to us that night.

“I couldn’t even run towards the mound. I had to run out of the bullpen because the fans hit the field so fast and it was a night of great celebration in Queens. And I will never forget that moment.”

After playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Fransisco Giants, Straw returned to NYC. This time, he landed with the New York Yankees. And Strawberry brought his big home run bat. He helped the Yankees win three championships – 1996, 1998 and 1999.

For Strawberry, he was sky-high. When things turned bad, he was simply high.

By 2000, Strawberry’s life was derailed by drugs and alcohol. He was suspended by MLB three times in his career. Instead of the Hall of Fame, Strawberry went to prison as well.

“As far as my baseball career, I’m glad about the things that happened to me. I was really a broken man my whole career,” said Strawberry, who grew up in Los Angeles. “The uniform really just covered up the pain of who I was and the broken pieces of my life.

“From my father being an alcoholic …. and (he) beat the crap out of me, telling me I would never amount to anything. Then I go on to be successful, play Major League Baseball.”

Today, Strawberry, 59, is remarried, a minister and travels the country spreading the Lord’s word. And sometimes even hopping on TV to talk a little MLB. 

“Had I not gone through those things in baseball, I probably would have made another $50-60 million playing baseball, but I would have never met Jesus,” said Strawberry. 

“I’m thankful for every trial and tribulation that I have had in life. It has made me always want to go back and help somebody else.”

That’s bigger than any home run Strawberry ever hit.