They will be the ninth and 10th players to have their numbers retired at Citi Field.
MLB.com reports that the New York Mets will retire uniform Nos. 16 and 18 in honor of baseball legends Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry after the 2024 season. The ceremonies are scheduled for April 14 and June 1, respectively, at Citi Field.
Gooden, known for his outstanding seasons in 1984 and 1985, holds franchise records in wins and strikeouts. Strawberry, labeled the “Black Ted Williams,” played a pivotal role in the Mets’ success, leaving a lasting legacy as the franchise leader in home runs.
Dwight Gooden’s impressive career includes winning the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 1984 and becoming the youngest pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in 1985. His contributions to the Mets, including a Triple Crown of pitching, solidify his place among franchise greats.
Darryl Strawberry, the No. 1 overall pick in the 1980 Draft, lived up to the hype with eight impactful years with the Mets. He played a key role in the team’s two division titles, one pennant, and one World Series title. Strawberry’s 252 career home runs make him the franchise leader, and his impact earned him seven All-Star nods.
Both Gooden and Strawberry expressed their gratitude for being honored by the team where they started their remarkable journeys in the big leagues. Gooden called it the “highest honor” and shared his excitement for the upcoming ceremony, while Strawberry emphasized the significance of having their numbers retired, considering it even greater than entering the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Mets’ decision to retire their jerseys pays tribute to the enduring legacy and contributions of two iconic players in the team’s history.
Cover Photo: Mets to honor Dwight Gooden in April, Darryl Strawberry in June/ Credit: AP