Who is Dwight Gooden and what is his net worth 2018? Dwight Gooden is a former American professional baseball player. He has played in 16 seasons of the Major League Baseball (MLB), one of the oldest professional baseball organisations in the United States and Canada. With 430 games, he has got a long career during which he has pitched 2800 2/3 innings and has a win-loss record of 194-112. Like most personalities falling prey to drugs, Gooden was tested positive for cocaine consumption in the year 1987. He chose to enrol for rehabilitation, a wise decision or he would have to face suspension otherwise.
Dwight Gooden was born on November 16, 1964 in Tampa city of Florida State. He is born to parents Ella Mae Gooden and Dan Gooden. Dan Gooden, Dwight’s father had suffered from multiple health diseases and had also gone through an open heart surgery in 1996. Dan was a sandlot baseball player in his youth and also mentored Dwight in playing the sport. Dwight had a very strong bond with his father. When the former had reached the major leagues with the Mets in 1984, the first thing that Dwight did was that he arranged for a satellite dish for his father, so that he could see him playing on the television.
On April 7, 1984, Gooden made his major league debut with the New York Mets. He was just nineteen years old at that time. He developed a reputation for his 98 MPH fastball and sweeping curveball, which has been given a nickname – “Lord Charles.” On July 10, 1984, when Gooden took the mound in the fifth inning of the game, he become the youngest player to appear in an All Star Game.
In 1985 he was leading the Major League Baseball with 24 wins and 268 strikeouts and a 1.53 ERA. In his long career, he played for several others teams as well. They included New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Gooden retired in 2001 after the Yankees cut him off from the training in spring. After his retirement, he took up a job in Yankee’s front office.
Dwight Gooden Net Worth
Gooden has during his career, earned many awards for his remarkable performances. The biggest contract that he ever signed in his career was a $15.45 million contract in the year 1991. Situations turned bad when Gooden and his family had to vacate their Florida home due to his poor financials. Nevertheless, Gooden made his mark again and has a present net worth of $200 thousand.
Dwight Gooden is still one of the most famous players in the Baseball league. In his career he earned many awards and rankings that seemed to be an impossible feet to achieve at a young age, until he proved the critics wrong. Gooden has in the last decade been arrested several times for being under the influence of recreational drugs which has even landed him up with a probation period of five years along with an order to undergo outpatient drug treatment.