Gooden was absolutely phenomenal right off the bat for the Mets, winning NL Rookie of the Year in 1984 with a 17-9 season at the age of 19.
The following season, he posted one of the most dominant seasons in baseball history; with a line of 24-4, 1.53 ERA and 268 K's, Gooden won the pitching Triple Crown.
By the age of 23, he had a career record of 91-35, and he seemed destined to be the game's next 300-game winner and Hall of Famer.
However, the cocaine problem that earned him a suspension in 1987 again reared its head in 1994, and Gooden was suspended for 60 days. After testing positive once again while he was suspended, Gooden lost the entire 1995 season to suspension as well.
He was never the same after the 1994 season, but he managed to go out on top with the Yankees, throwing a no-hitter and earning a World Series ring in his final season.
He has since reverted to his old ways, though. Gooden has been arrested three times since his retirement, two of which were on DUI charges.
Dwight Gooden was the definition of squandered talent and truly a waste of a gift.