Strawberry to join team during spring training

NEW YORK -- Darryl Strawberry is rejoining the New York Mets as a special instructor for a few days during spring training.

It will be his first time with the team since he left after the 1990 season to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He had been a player development instructor with the New York Yankees before resigning last February to spend more time with church-related activities.

"I can't tell you how excited I am about coming back," Strawberry said Friday in a statement released by the Mets. "This is where it all started for me. Any success that I have had in the game can be attributed to my beginnings with the Mets. I have followed what the team has done this winter and the people certainly have plenty of reasons to be excited with Carlos Beltran and Pedro Martinez coming to New York. Hopefully, this team can do the same kind of things we did back in 1986."

Strawberry will work with outfielders during spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He will also be at Shea Stadium on Feb. 27 when single-game tickets sales start, joined by four teammates from the Mets' 1986 World Series championship team -- Gary Carter, Lenny Dykstra, Howard Johnson and Tim Teufel.

Dykstra will be a special instructor during spring training for the second straight season.