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Interview: Darryl Strawberry

Former member of the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers, Darryl Strawberry will sign copies of his book today
Darryl Strawberry will be signing copies of his book, "Straw: Finding My Way" at Barnes & Noble in The Grove at 7:30 p.m. tonight. | Photo courtesy of HarperCollins
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Darryl Strawberry's achievements on the baseball field, four World Series rings, eight All-Star games and Rookie of the Year, will always be overshadowed by what he did off the field. The premiere power hitter of the 1980s and early 90s, who played for the Mets, Dodgers, Giants and Yankees struggled with cocaine addiction and legal troubles throughout his 17-year career.

Now, 10 years after his retirement from the game the Los Angeles native is a changed man and he's telling you all about it in his new book Straw: Finding My Way which was written in collaboration with John Strausbaugh.

In Straw, Darryl recounts his life from a youngster growing up in Crenshaw with an alcoholic and abusive father to the fast life that came along with being a big league star to his battles with addiction and Cancer to his transformation into a man devoted to his family, his wife, his church and his work with children and adults affected by autism.

Tonight, Darryl is back in his hometown signing his book at Barnes & Noble inside The Grove at 7:30 p.m. He'll also be signing copies of Straw tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena.

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LAist had the chance to speak with Strawberry about the book, baseball and more.