Link: Gooden remembers Stottlemyre

In an interview with the New York Post, Dwight Gooden shared his memories of the late Mets pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre.

“The best thing about Mel was that he was a straight shooter. When I first came up, he would talk to my dad a lot, and he told me, ‘Your dad knows a lot about pitching.’ He respected that, and Mel took the time to find little things to make my fastball better. After every game I pitched, I would call my dad before I would talk to reporters and go over the game. My dad had one of those big satellite dishes like a spaceship, and he and Mel would be saying the same stuff to me about pitching.’ One of the best things Mel ever told me, and it’s true for every pitcher, if you’re not mentally exhausted at the end of the game, you didn’t do your job. That taught me to lock in on every pitch.”

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