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It was 33 years ago that the New York Mets plucked a high school slugger out of Los Angeles with their first pick in the amateur draft. That was Darryl Strawberry, the No. 1 selection in 1980. He hit 252 home runs for the Mets, still the franchise record, and made eight straight National League All-Star teams. He's also the hitter Dominic Smith gets compared to back home. Nine days shy of his 18th birthday, Smith went to the Mets with the 11th overall choice Thursday night and flashed a boyish grin as he joined Commissioner Bud Selig at the podium. Then the first baseman and his mother received hugs from Strawberry, who was representing the Mets at MLB Network Studios. ''Right now I'm just speechless,'' Smith said. ''This is just an unbelievable moment. I'm excited. I'm happy. I can't stop shaking, I can't stop smiling. So, I can't wait until I can actually get on the field and play with the New York Mets.'' And while Strawberry was an outfielder and Smith is primarily a first ...
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