Dwight Gooden is a former professional pitcher. Dwight Gooden was drafted in the first round in 1982, the fifth player taken overall. He spent one season in the minors, in which he led the Class-A Carolina League in wins, strikeouts and ERA while playing for the Lynchburg Mets.
Gooden played 16 seasons in the MLB. In a career spanning 430 games, he pitched 2,800 2⁄3 innings and posted a win–loss record of 194–112, with a 3.51 earned run average (ERA), and 2,293 strikeouts. Gooden made his MLB debut in 1984 for the Mets and quickly established himself as one of the league's most talented pitchers; from a 19-year-old rookie on, he earned the first of four All-Star selections, won the NL Rookie of the Year Award, and led the league in strikeouts. In 1985, he won the NL Cy Young Award and achieved the pitching Triple Crown, compiling a 24–4 record and a league-leading 1.53 ERA, 268 strikeouts, and 16 complete games. The following season, he helped the Mets win the 1986 World Series. As a member of the Yankees in 1996, Gooden pitched a no-hitter and helped the team on its path to a World Series championship.
VH1 Network announced June 11, 2011 that he would be a patient in VH1's fifth season of the reality show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. In 2010, Gooden was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame.