Though Darryl was extremely successful in his career, his personal life was plagued with addictions, abuse, divorces, cancer, jail-time and other issues. Darryl finally found true redemption and restoration in Jesus Christ.
"I was once very lost and tormented, but now I am found and free in Christ Jesus. I want everyone to experience the saving and transforming power of Jesus Christ."
- Darryl Strawberry
Today, Darryl's purpose and passion is serving the Lord Jesus Christ by speaking a message of hope and helping others transform their lives through the power of the gospel. He is now an ordained minister and Co-Founder of Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center in Orlando, Florida. Darryl travels the country speak and bringing a message of hope and restoration in Christ.
Darryl Strawberry is described as a legend by many who have been dazzled by the dynamics of his game, the power he possessed at the plate, and the story of redemption that continues to bring hope to so many lives. He has earned the legendary nicknames and phrases of one of the most feared homerun hitters in the game of baseball, Straw's Sweet Swing, Strawberry's Field Forever and The Legendary Straw Man!
Darryl's major league baseball resume is impressive, including:
- 4 World Series Titles: New York Mets '86, New York Yankess '96, '98, '99
- 8 Time National League All-Star ('84-'91)
- National League Homerun Leader ('88)
- 1983 National League Rookie of the Year: Mets
- 1983 Topps All-Star Rookie of the Year
- 2 Time NL Silver Slugger Award ('88)
- National League Slugging Percentage Leader ('88)
- 20 Home Run Seasons 10x's over ('83-'91, '98)
- 30 Home Run Seasons 3x's over ('87, '88, '90)
- 100 RBI Seasons 3x's over ('87, '88, '90)
- 100 Runs Scored Seasons 2x's over ('87 & '88)
- Hall of Fame Nomination in 2004
Other highlights to note:
- 2016 Appointed as Advisory Board Member of SAMSHA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration)
- 2014 Co-Founder Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center in Orlando, FL
- 2011 Founded Strawberry Ministries www.StrawberryMinistries.org
- 2010 Induction in Mets Hall of Fame
- 2010 Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice
- 2009 New York Best Selling Author “Straw, Finding My Way”
- Youth Outreach Spokesperson
- 2008-2010 Met's Special Instructor & Community Outreach Spokesperson
- Darryl Strawberry is in the New York Times top 20 as one of the most favorite & famous celebrities out of the 100 most famous people in New York City.