Achievements As a Teen: "Doc" Gooden made his debut with the NY Mets in 1984 at age 19. In that season he went 17-9 with a 2.60 ERA, and a rookie record 260 strikeouts in 218 innings. That's just an alarming rate in any era of the game for a pitcher of any age.
Career Recap: Gooden went 194-112 for his career, with a 3.51 ERA and 2,293 strikeouts. He was a four-time All-Star (1984-86, 1988), and a three-time World Series Champion. In 1985, Don took home the Cy Young and the pitcher's Triple Crown, leading the NL in wins, strikeouts and ERA. He even has a Silver Slugger on his resume. Gooden threw a no-hitter in 1996 and helped the Yankees win their first World Series title in 18 years. If it weren't for his love/hate (mostly love) relationship with booger sugar who knows how much greater he could have been.