Darryl Strawberry

Darryl Eugene Strawberry is a former American Major League Baseball outfielder and an ordained Christian minister and author. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Strawberry was one of the most feared sluggers in the game, known for his prodigious home runs and his intimidating presence in the batter’s box with his 6-foot-6 frame and his long, looping swing that elicited comparisons to Ted Williams

During his 17-year career, he helped lead the New York Mets to a World Series championship in 1986 and the New York Yankees to three World Series championships in 1996, 1998 and 1999. A popular player during his career, Strawberry was voted to the All-Star Game eight straight times from 1984–1991. Strawberry was formerly an analyst for SportsNet New York. His memoir, Straw: Finding My Way, published on April 28, 2009.

New York baseball fans remember Darryl Strawberry as a clutch postseason hitter; capable of delivering one of his signature “Moonshot” home runs seemingly on command. His prolific post season appearances with both area teams garnered him loyalty among both fan bases in the business and media mecca. Despite his controversies, Strawberry is generally well regarded by the public and the media. Of the 10 postseason series Strawberry played in, he was on the winning team eight times. In 40 postseason games, Strawberry hit nine home runs with 22 RBIs and 20 runs scored.

Strawberry was the starting right fielder five straight times and appeared at nine All-Star games. Strawberry batted .333 with two stolen bases and two runs in 12 career All-Star at-bats. He now resides in St. Charles County, Missouri with his wife Tracy whom he met in a drug recovery convention. The couple were married in October 2006 and have since founded “The Darryl Strawberry Foundation,” an organization dedicated to children with autism. Strawberry’s son, Darryl “D.J.” Strawberry, Jr., born in 1985, was a star shooting guard with the Maryland Terrapins men’s basketball team and was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the 2007 NBA Draft.

On January 24, 2014, The Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center (DSRC) celebrated its Grand Opening at the first of several planned locations throughout the US in St. Cloud, Florida. DSRC was founded in partnership with Darryl Strawberry and Oglethorpe Healthcare Inc. to provide athletes and individuals suffering from substance abuse with a center for excellence in addiction treatment and recovery. The center’s 28-day residential treatment program treats addiction and all forms of substance abuse including prescription medications. DSRC also features a program tailored specifically for current and former athletes, Athletes Helping Athletes, to address the underlying issues and demands placed on athlete clients. In addition, neurofeedback services will also be available for athletes and those suffering the long-term effects of concussions.