Darryl Strawberry

Darryl StrawberryIf there were a Hall of Fame for talent, Strawberry would be a first-ballot inductee. He was a marvelous athletic specimen with a nearly perfect left-handed swing with a beautiful uppercut. He used that swing to swat 280 homers before his 30th birthday, but substance abuse and injury cost him a chance at immortality and he hit only 55 homers over his final eight seasons. Twice he disappeared from baseball to enter rehab centers to clean himself up. Finally, in his late 30s he straightened out his life and in 1997 he earned a World Series ring in 1997 as a designated hitter with the Yankees, hitting 24 home runs. He’s one of the only players to win a title with both the Mets and the Yankees.