NEW YORK, Nov. 4 -- Major League Baseball suspended New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden Friday for the entire 1995 season after he failed to follow his aftercare drug program. The Office of the Baseball Commissioner said Gooden was suspended for repeated violations of baseball's drug policy. Gooden was suspended for up to two months by Major League Baseball's Executive Council in September for violating his aftercare program. As a previous drug offender, Gooden was required to take part in the aftercare program by the Drug Policy and Prevention Program of the Commissioner's Office. The program includes random, mandatory drug tests. Gooden reportedly failed two drug tests earlier this year and was suspended for up to two months pending a further investigation. 'Dwight Gooden needs to get his life in order,' said New York Mets General Manager and Vice President of Baseball Operations Joe McIlvaine at a teleconference today. 'He has been offered the best assistance baseball and the New York Mets have to give for his problem and has not taken advantage of this guidance and help.' Gooden, the National League Cy Young Award winner with a 24-4 record in 1985, was 3-4 with a 6.31 earned run average in seven games last season. Gooden was in the final year of his contract and missed a good part of the season with a toe injury. He filed for free agency during the filing period last month. Gooden admitted to a cocaine problem on April 1, 1987, and underwent rehabilitation at the Smithers Clinic in New York.
He returned to pitch on June 5 of that same season. Gooden went 15-7 in 1987 and had 18 wins in 1988 and 19 in 1990. He has not posted more than 13 victories in any of the past three seasons. Gooden has been tested for cocaine use up to three times a week since 1987.