Originally Posted by METMANYAK
I may be wrong, but my memory tells me, Doc came straight up from A ball never pitched above that level, until joining the Mets out of spring training in 84.
METMANYAK is wrong, rdg is correct. Gooden began his minor league career as an 18 year old in A ball. When he started striking out practically every batter he faced, he was promoted to AA ball.
Originally Posted by rdg515
And when he was striking out just about every AA batter he faced, they promoted him to AAA ball, all in the same season. In fact, he ended up leading the AAA Tidewater Tides to the AAA championship.
All told that season, pitching at all three minor league levels, he struck out over 300 batters. Let me know the next time someone does that!
They brought him up to Spring Training in 2004 with little intention of promoting a 19-year-old to the majors. Doc had other ideas of course, striking out just about every batter he faced. By the end of March, it was clear the Mets had no choice but to promote him, something his old Triple A manager and then Mets Manager Davey Johnson had lobbied for all along.
Of course he went on to lead the league in strikeouts and WHIP while being the unanimous candidate for ROY.
Those were the days my friend we thought they'd never end....
EDIT!!!!! FOC IS WRONG!!!!!! Doc actually started his minor league career as a 17 year old in Rookie ball and pitched in A ball all of 1983.
But I do distinctly remember him pitching in the AAA World Series. The part about him being promoted mid season from A to B to C was total fiction.
I was also wrong about him striking out more than 300 batters. Actually he struck out exactly 300 batters. Still not too shabby though.
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