|Darryl Strawberry during the 1986 World Series. @Mets on Twitter.|
The Mets recently announced that Darryl Strawberry, one of the best players on their 1986 World Championship team and their run of success in the 1980s, will attend Old Timers' Day on Saturday, August 27 at Citi Field.
It will mark the first time Strawberry will appear in a Mets uniform in 32 years, per the press release. "Sorry to say, I don't think I will be able to play. My knees and shoulder won't let me swing a bat anymore. It's the wear and tear and the years catching up with me. I will be there supporting the guys who will be on the field."
Strawberry looks forward to reuniting with his 1986 teammates and sharing memories of that season.
"Shea was always a wonderful place for me," Strawberry said in a statement. The fans were always great. They supported me in the good and bad times."
The Mets selected the Los Angeles, California, native with the first overall pick in the 1980 MLB Draft. The right fielder spent eight years with the Mets and he made the All-Star team an astonishing seven times with the Amazin's.
Strawberry was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1983 after hitting .257 with 26 home runs and 74 RBI. In 1988, he became the second Met to win a National League home run title when he hit 39 homers, after Dave Kingman won it in 1982 when he hit 37. Strawberry is still the all-time Mets home run leader with 252.
Over 60 former Mets are scheduled to join Strawberry at Old Timers' Day, including: his 1986 teammates Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling, Mookie Wilson, Howard Johnson, Bobby Ojeda, and Tim Teufel. The other Mets from throughout their storied history attending include Mike Piazza, Johan Santana, Pedro Martinez, Ed Kranepool, Josh Thole, John Franco Al Leiter, Frank Thomas, Ron Swoboda, Jon Matlack, Felix Millan, Robin Ventura, Turk Wendell, Endy Chavez, Cliff Floyd, Billy Wagner, and Daniel Murphy.