The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Documents show Clinton White House aides wanted tough treatment for Yanks' Darryl Strawberry

  • Print

WASHINGTON - Besides being focused on their budget wars with Republicans, President Bill Clinton's White House had its eye on how the New York Yankees were handling a newly signed outfielder, documents released Friday show.

In a June 1995 memo to Clinton, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel shed light on the administration's interest in the Yankees' treatment of slugger Darryl Strawberry, who had substance abuse problems during his baseball career.

The memo said that White House drug policy chief Lee Brown had arranged a meeting with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

"Our goal is to set down a series of demands at this meeting, such as: (1) Strawberry doing community service with young people, (2) the Yankee franchise setting up a franchise-wide standard, and (3) have the Yankees contribute to a drug program recommended by Director Brown," Emanuel wrote.

At the time, Steinbrenner had said he believed Strawberry was "worth saving." A few days earlier, Brown said publicly, "The Yankees have struck out by signing Darryl Strawberry" because it suggested to young people that drug-users could be rewarded with lucrative sports contracts.

The Yankees did not immediately respond Friday to a request for comment, including whether they ever met any of the administration demands or if Steinbrenner's meeting with Brown took place.

Strawberry played for the Yankees until 1999 after starring for years with New York Mets and playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. The eight-time all-star hit 335 career home runs.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Raw video: Wading through flooded underpass at Main and Higgins

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • KEN GIGLIOTTI  WINNIPEG FREE PRESS / July 23 2009 - 090723 - Bart Kives story - Harry Lazarenko Annual River Bank Tour - receding water from summer rains and erosion  damage by flood  and ice  during spring flooding -  Red River , Lyndale Dr. damage to tree roots , river bank damage  , high water marks after 2009 Flood - POY
  • MIKE.DEAL@FREEPRESS.MB.CA 110621 - Tuesday, June 21, 2011 -  Doug Chorney, president Keystone Agricultural Producers flight over South Western Manitoba to check on the condition of farming fields. MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
my2011poy

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Who has been the Bombers MVP so far this season?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google