NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Dwight Gooden has famously battled his addiction to drugs and alcohol for decades. Dr. K is hoping Dr. Drew Pinsky’s “Celebrity Rehab” will finally get him on the right path.
According to TMZ, Gooden will highlight Season 5 of Dr. Drew’s sober house cast, which includes Michael Lohan, the White House party crashers, among others.
Gooden’s dominant pitching helped lead the Mets to a World Series title in 1986 and another National League East crown in ’88, and he also was a member of the championship Yankees teams of 1996 and 2000.
After making his major league debut in 1984 at the age of 19, he went on to win the Rookie of the Year award that season and eventually won 194 games over his 17-year career, which included a no-hitter for the Yankees in 1996.
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Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who played with Gooden and caught his no-hitter, said last year that his “heart goes out” to Doc.
“He was a great teammate,” Girardi said. “Doc and I will always be linked in a sense, played on championship teams and a no-hitter together.”
Drugs and legal troubles derailed his career and continued after his retirement in 2001. He was arrested several times and repeatedly entered rehabilitation facilities.
Just last March, Gooden was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and leaving the scene of an accident. His 5-year old son was also in the car.
Besides the two New York teams, Gooden also pitched for Cleveland, Houston and Tampa Bay.
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