Darryl Strawberry Essay

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Darryl Strawberry Darryl Strawberry was born on March 12, 1962, in Los Angeles, California and would grow up to be one of the most controversial figures in Major League Baseball history. Darryl was one of five children. His parents Ruby and Henry Strawberry spilt up when he was 12 years old, their spilt was due to Darryl’s father’s heavy drinking, gambling, and sometimes explosive temper. His father moved out of the house. Darryl got greatly affected by his father's departure. He then looked up to his two brothers as role models and shared their love for baseball. Strawberry stood 6'6", weighed 190 pounds, batted and threw lefty. For eight years, Strawberry was an All-Star power hitter for the New York Mets and Rookie of the Year in 1983. Strawberry was elected to the All-Star team for eight straight years beginning in 1984. Strawberry developed drug abuse problems, and later, colon cancer. Strawberry graduated from Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles in 1980, then was the first pick in the free agent draft, selected by the Mets. He was placed in the minor leagues for a few years, and in 1982 he was voted Most Valuable Player of the Texas League. In 1983, he began in a AAA league before being called up by the Mets. He made his impression on the pitchers of the league very quickly. Strawberry continued ripping up the competition for the next eight years. In 1986, he was a member the Mets team that won the World Series, hitting a home run in Game 7 of that series. Two years later, Strawberry finished second in Most Valuable Player voting, losing by only 36 votes to Kirk Gibson of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a team Strawberry would later play for. In 1991, Strawberry played for the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was a solid year for him, but it was also his last as an All-Star. After this he hit a string of injuries, especially to his back and knees. Soon, news of Strawberry's

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