2008-02-27 / Sports

Darryl Strawberry Returns To Mets

(L. to r.): Mets Bench Coach Jerry Manuel, Manager Willie Randolph and Darryl Strawberry.
          Photo Marc Levine/New York Mets

The New York Mets announced on Sunday that former Met All-Star outfielder Darryl Strawberry will return to the club this season in a variety of capacities, starting as a special instructor this week during Mets Spring Training at Port St. Lucie, Florida.  In his new role, Strawberry, 46, will work with major and minor league players during the Mets’ preparation for the 2008 season.  In addition, throughout the year, Strawberry will represent the Mets in their community outreach efforts in the New York tri-state area and travel to many of the club’s minor league affiliates.

 “It’s great to come home,” Strawberry, the Mets all-time career leader in home runs (252), RBI (733), runs scored (662), extra-base hits (469), and walks (580), said.  “Returning to the Mets in their final year at Shea is truly meaningful.  This is where I got my start and where my heart is.  I thank the Mets’ ownership, Omar [Minaya, general manager], and Willie [Randolph, manager] for the opportunity to be part of the excitement of the upcoming season.”
 Strawberry was selected to seven straight All-Star Games from 1984-1990. He finished second in the voting for the Most Valuable Player Award in 1988  and was the National League’s Rookie of the Year in 1983.

 He helped the Mets capture the 1986 World Series title with 27 home runs and 93 RBIs.  In 1987 and 1988, Strawberry hit 39 home runs in each season and knocked in 205 runs.

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