NEW YORK (AP) - Former baseball slugger Darryl Strawberry, whose achievements on the field often were overshadowed by his struggles with cancer and substance abuse, is writing a memoir, ``Straw,'' that will come out in 2009, publisher Ecco announced Wednesday
According to Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins, Strawberry's book ``details his life growing up in Crenshaw, Los Angeles, his rise to baseball superstardom as a Met, Dodger, and Yankee, the high life and low life, his brushes with the law, his triumphant battle over cancer, his religious awakening, and his marriage to the love of his life.''
John Strausbaugh, who helped write a book by John Leguizamo, will collaborate with Strawberry on his memoir.
Strawberry, 46, was an eight-time All-Star who hit 335 home runs in 17 seasons and played on World Series championship teams with both the New York Mets and New York Yankees. But he also had a long history of personal problems, including substance abuse, domestic violence and colon cancer.
He recently agreed to pay the Internal Revenue Service more than $430,000 in back taxes, penalties and interest.
In March, the Mets announced they had hired Strawberry as a special instructor and a traveling ambassador, visiting minor league teams and community organizations.

Recent MLB Discussions

Advertisement
Advertisement

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Angels' Weaver eyes turnaround vs. BoSox David Price and Jered Weaver used to be at the top of baseball’s pitching heap. As the two square off tonight, though, they’re just hoping to find some...
Thumbnail Nationals vs. Giants Free Pick The Giants are in a massive funk but with Johnny Cueto on the mound, will they beat the Nationals tonight at 10:15PM ET?
Thumbnail White Sox vs. Cubs Prediction Will the Cubs earn a split against the White Sox when the cross-town rivals meet again tonight at 8:05PM ET?
Thumbnail Fernandez, Fish welcome Cards to town Between Dee Gordon’s return to the Miami lineup and Ichiro Suzuki’s pursuit of hit No. 3,000, St. Louis righty Michael Wacha promises to have his hands full...
Thumbnail Rockies vs. Mets Predictions With the total sitting at 7 runs, will the Rockies and Mets play under the number when the meet at 1:10PM ET?
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages