Dwight Gooden’s Son Dylan Is A Highly-Recruited Edge Rusher| The Legacy Continues

Dwight Gooden’s Son Dylan Is A Highly-Recruited Edge Rusher| The Legacy Continues

Special By The Shadow League


There’s a line in the song “The World Is Yours” off rapper Nas’ classic “Illmatic” album.

“My strength, my son, a star will be my resurrection
Born in correction, all the wrong sh-t I did, he’ll lead in right direction.”

Former Mets pitching legend Dwight Gooden can relate to those words when it comes to his life and his youngest son of six kids, Dylan.

During his MLB career Gooden, aka Dr. Doom, aka Doc, went 194-112 as a starting pitcher for the Mets, Yankees, Indians, Astros and Rays. Gooden is a Black Ace, one of just 15 melanated mound marauders to post a 20-win season.

Gooden burst into the league as a 19-year-old flame-throwing phenom in 1984, helping to propel the Mets above the Yankees as New York’s glamour squad. His story is one of tragedy and triumph, and Doc accomplished a lot in his baseball career, including being a four-time All-Star, two-time World Series Champion, Cy Young Award winner and won multiple championships. He’s also a pitching Triple Crown winner (wins, strikeouts and earned run average), NL Rookie of the Year, MLB wins leader, MLB ERA leader and two-time strikeout leader.

If not for off-the-field troubles that curtailed his meteroric rise, Gooden would have been a shoo-in for Cooperstown induction. Instead, he’s the poster child for any cautionary tale about athletes, money, pressure, drugs and the temptations of city life.

Dylan Gooden Following Dad’s Athletic Background

Dylan Gooden doesn’t throw heat, but he brings it on the football field as a 2023 four-star edge rusher from Olney, Maryland, where he plays for the Our Lady of Good Counsel Falcons. Gooden’s team participates in arguably one of the five best high school football leagues in the country (WCAC). With games annually against the DeMatha Stags, Gonzaga College High School Eagles and St. John’s Cadets, the talent level is formidable.

Gooden showed out in that conference this past season as he led the Falcons to the brink of a championship, coming up just short in the title game to the Cadets. For his efforts, he received his fourth star, making him one of the highest-rated players at his position in the country. He’s the No. 11-rated edge rusher in the nation, and he’s ranked No .2 at his position in the football-rich state of Maryland.

Gooden Will Ball At The Power 5 Level: Schools Covet His Length & Versatility On The Edge

The versatile and Uber athletic Gooden holds offers from 17 Power 5 institutions, including Arizona, Boston College, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Old Dominion, Ole Miss, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Texas A&M, USC, and West Virginia.

Gooden recently tweeted out a list of eight schools who made his final cut.

Texas A&M, Penn State, WVA, Michigan State, Maryland, Notre Dame, Miami, Tennessee all made the list to secure the rising pass rusher/outside linebacker’s commitment.

The Maryland Terrapins Need This Commitment: Can’t Let Talent Like This Out Of The State

With Gooden being a prized recruit located in the state of Maryland, it’s imperative Michael Locksley and the rising Terrapins do everything in their power to keep him in-state. He provides a position of need for a Terps program that has no problem scoring points with quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa and wide receivers Rakim Jarrett and Dontay Demus all scheduled to return to College Park for the next few seasons.

Maryland’s glaring weakness has been on the defensive side of the football. The recruitment of Gooden is a moment of truth for Maryland’s ability to compete in the Big Ten.

They just can’t allow conference foes, Penn State and Michigan State to take Gooden. West Virginia is also reportedly very high on Gooden’s list.

Gooden’s strengths are UMD’s weaknesses. Currently at 205 pounds, he could play at 230-240 with ease. He’s a high-level athlete who has fast-twitch muscles. His length and speed off the edge is what intrigues the Power 5 schools. A high motor enables him to track down plays on back side.

The weight room will become his best friend over the next year as he adds bulk to his slender, wiry frame. Speed is his best asset as of now, so the continued development would make him less of a one-trick pony. He’ll have a huge effect on whatever Power 5 program he chooses and has the chance to be an NFL prospect.

Triston “Sticks” McKenzie Is Already The Best MLBbro Pitcher In The Game

Triston “Sticks” McKenzie Is Already The Best MLBbro Pitcher In The Game

Triston McKenzie continued his stellar return from injury as his Cleveland Guardians took game one of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins (3-1). 

McKenzie dominated on the mound as he had seven strikeouts — three of which came against fellow MLBbro Byron Buxton — while giving up three hits and one walk.

It was the Brooklyn-born rookie’s fifth straight appearance of six innings or more where he allowed one run or less. He’s now retired 96 out of the last 112 batters he has faced. 

According to Elias Sports Bureau, this performance puts him in rarefied air, joining elder bro Dwight Gooden and three other rookies who too achieved such success. 

McKenzie recently spent 10 days on the disabled list with right shoulder fatigue, which was a little concerning after the lanky magician of the cowhide stint seemed lengthy. 

Still, miraculously, time spent was minimal as he is an elite superstar on the horizon, and the numbers speak for itself.

During the recent streak of dominance, he collected 19 strikeouts in 15 total innings while only giving up three hits and one run.

But everything wasn’t all sunshine and roses for McKenzie earlier in the season. The 24-year-old made numerous trips to Cleveland’s Triple-A affiliate for mechanical reasons. Still, those minor setbacks made for significant comebacks, and from the looks of it, a peripeteia is long gone.

Triston McKenzie Gets Sent Back To The Minors For Some Fine-Tuning

“That was pretty much the sole purpose of me going down there (Triple-A), to figure out my control and figure out how to attack the strike zone.” He continued, “The past month in a half, past two months, has just been a culmination of all the work that was put in.”

Guardians manager DeMarlo Hale added on the situation, “When he needs to throw a strike, he’s been able to put multiple pitches that he has in the strike zone.”

McKenzie deserves all props received thus far, showing why he no longer belongs in the minors. He is holding up to his end of the bargain, and the numbers indicate so as well.

In 22 games played, “sticks” has an earned run average of 4.28 with a WHIP of .1.06. He is holding batters to a .171 average with 127 strikeouts under his belt.

After an up & down season, he proves the Guardians made the right choice by selecting him 42nd overall selection in the first round of the 2015 amateur draft, where he signed a 2.3-million-dollar deal.

At this rate, by season’s end, financial stability should be amassed.

Look for McKenzie to fan the flames on September 20th as he takes the mound against the Kansas City Royals in game two of a home doubleheader at Progressive Field. First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m