Darryl Strawberry recovering from heart attack

By Thomson Reuters Mar 12, 2024 | 10:14 AM

New York baseball legend Darryl Strawberry said he’s on the road to recovery at a Missouri hospital following a heart attack on Monday.

Strawberry was an eight-time All-Star with the Mets and Yankees and serves as a guest hitting instructor for the Mets. He shared a photo from the hospital on Tuesday morning confirming he was OK and thanking medical personnel.

“Praising God for His amazing grace and loving mercy in saving my life this evening from a heart attack. I am so happy and honored to report that all is well. So thankful for the medical team and staff at St. Joseph West in Lake St. Louis for responding so quickly and bringing me through a stent-procedure that has brought my heart to total restoration!!!” Strawberry said in an Instagram post.

Strawberry, the No. 1 pick in the 1980 draft, was National League Rookie of the Year with the Mets in 1983 and was part of their 1986 World Series-winning team. He played for the Yankees from 1995-99, adding two more World Series rings.

He currently resides in O’Fallon, Mo. He turned 62 on Tuesday.

The Mets are scheduled to retire Strawberry’s jersey No. 18 in a ceremony on June 1.

“On behalf of the entire organization we are sending positive thoughts to Darryl Strawberry, his wife Tracy and his entire family after last night’s heart attack. Darryl was in Port St. Lucie working with the team as a guest instructor just a few weeks ago,” Mets owner Steve Cohen said in a statement Tuesday. “We are looking forward to Straw’s speedy recovery and welcoming him for his number retirement ceremony on June 1.”

Strawberry hit 335 career home runs with 1,000 RBIs in 1,583 games with four MLB teams in a 17-year career.

–Field Level Media