Dr. K is officially in for the Mets Old Timers’ game on Aug. 27.
“Yes, I’ll be playing,” Doc Gooden, a former All-Star pitcher for the Mets, told The Post’s Jake Brown and Nelson Figueroa on the “Amazin’ But True” podcast.
“Hopefully, hopefully, let’s knock on wood, I’m the starting pitcher,” Gooden said, adding, “I may need like five pitches.”
The 2-time World Series champion is “assuming” he’ll be named the starting pitcher for the sport, although the team has not yet made that official.
“[The Mets] didn’t ask me to start out, but I’m just assuming,” said Gooden. “I figure Jerry Koosman might be too old. There are many options. I’m just assuming I’m starting. Nobody told me I’m starting. They did tell me they need me to play, but I’m just assuming that.
Dwight Gooden at a ceremony honoring the thirtieth anniversary of the 1986 World Series team in 2016.CHRISTOPHER PASATIERI
Dwight Gooden on opening day against the Cardinals in 1985.AP
“I’m beginning to get in good condition for that since you don’t wish to exit and embarrass yourself, especially with my kids readily available. It must be fun. I’m glad they’re bringing Old Timers’ back to Citi Field. I mean, it’s wonderful for the fans. They’re at all times talking about it, especially at dinner with the Yankees. I played a pair with the Yankees, but you already know I’m a Met at all times.”
Gooden began his profession with the Mets in 1984 and spent a decade with the team, winning a World Series in 1986. He signed with the Yankees as a free agent in 1996, throwing a no-hitter against the Mariners that season before spending yet one more yr with the Pinstripes. Short stints with the Indians, Rays and Astros followed before he returned to the Yankees midway through the 2000 season, during which he won a second World Series ring before retiring in 2001 after being cut during spring training. He ended his profession with a record of 194-112.
Gooden added that he believes former center fielder Lenny Dykstra also needs to play within the Mets Old Timers’ game. Dykstra was a three-time All-Star and won a World Series with the Mets in 1986 as well before ending his profession in Philadelphia, where he spent eight seasons. But since retiring, Dykstra has had his share of monetary and legal troubles, which included serving 6 1/2 months of a three-year sentence in federal jail for bankruptcy fraud and grand theft auto.
For the primary time since 1994, the Mets can have an Old Timers’ Day at Citi Field, with the sport happening before a series against the Rockies. Frank Thomas, Ron Swoboda, Mike Piazza, Jon Matlack, Felix Millán, Mookie Wilson, Howard Johnson, Bobby Ojeda, Robin Ventura, Turk Wendell, Endy Chávez, Cliff Floyd and Daniel Murphy are amongst greater than 40 players scheduled to attend. The Mets will announce additional former players who might be participating in the sport in the approaching months.