Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden are about as far from perfect human beings as it gets, but they're certainly huge figures in Mets history. Rather than trying to ignore history, the Mets should recognize the great players who helped them win the 1986 World Series and the 1988 pennant. Their accomplishments stand despite their flaws.
Strawberry and Golden should be recognized for their athletic achievements, but their public downfalls should be respectfully acknowledged. People have strengths and weaknesses, and it is importantant to recognize and applaud strengths and acknowledge and try to improve weaknesses. This is no different and should be treated the same way.
What somebody does on their own time outside of their professional life should not be a reflection of their professional status. At the end of the day, no matter how shitty a person was, does not have an effect on how good they are as a player. We shouldn't sweep it under the rug but at the same time we should still recognize the great things they did too.
I don't believe that the Mets should publicly recognize the contributions of Strawberry and Gooden. Although a person might have amazing athletic skills, that is only a part of who he really is. If you have public failings, you have given away your right to be a role model. Athletes need to be held to a high standard.