March 7, 2004 |
Dodger Manager Jim Tracy compared Edwin Jackson to Dwight Gooden, the 1985 National League Cy Young Award winner, after the rookie's first start last season. He didn't back off that bold comment after watching the 20-year-old right-hander work three perfect innings in his first exhibition outing Saturday, a 6-2 Dodger victory over the New York Mets at Tradition Field. Jackson mixed 96-mph fastballs with sharp sliders and changeups while striking out three. "He's pretty good, isn't he?"
March 31, 2001 |
On his final day as a player, Dwight Gooden preferred to focus on his future rather than dwell on his once-glorious past. Unable to make the New York Yankees' opening day roster, Gooden, 36, announced his retirement Friday. "It's a sad and enjoyable day," he said at the team complex in Tampa, Fla. "I've enjoyed a great career. It's been a joyous ride. I have no complaints." Gooden finished his career with a 194-112 record and a 3.51 earned-run average, striking out 2,293 in 2,800 2/3 innings.
September 26, 2000 |
Dwight Gooden was ineffective in his first start in eight weeks. David Cone was even worse in his first relief appearance in eight years. Damion Easley and Bobby Higginson hit two-run homers as the Detroit Tigers pounded the former Cy Young Award winners in a 15-4 victory over the New York Yankees on Monday night at New York. New York, which is 5 1/2 games ahead of Toronto in the AL East, had its magic number drop to two because Toronto lost to Tampa Bay.
July 22, 2000 |
Dwight Gooden got back at the latest team to give up on him and earned himself another start. Gooden (4-3) gave the New York Yankees exactly what they needed Friday night at New York, pitching effectively for six innings in an 11-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Manager Joe Torre said Gooden will get another start, his third since joining the Yankees after his release by the Devil Rays May 25.
June 12, 2000 |
The New York Yankees are giving Dwight Gooden yet another chance. The 35-year-old right-hander, 10 victories shy of 200 in the major leagues, has been signed to a minor-league contract. "We still feel like he has something left in his arm," said Yankee pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre, who coached Gooden with the Yankees and New York Mets.
August 25, 1999 |
Fourteen years ago today, there seemed to be no boundaries to what lay ahead for a young New York Met pitcher named Dwight Gooden. At 20 years, 9 months and 9 days, he became the youngest pitcher to win 20 games with a 9-3 win over San Diego at Shea Stadium. It was his 14th consecutive win, boosted his record to 20-3 and gave him 37 victories over two seasons.