Strawberry: 'My Career Is Over'

07/02/1998 at 12:00 AM EDT

Ailing ex-Mets and Yankee slugger Darryl Strawberry, 38, has announced that he's giving up baseball for good and has accepted the fact that his colon cancer may kill him. "My career is over -- done," he told NBC's Jane Pauley in a "Dateline" interview from his jail cell to be aired on Sunday. "I'm physically not able to go anymore, and I just don't have the desire to go anymore." Despite his dire outlook, doctors have reportedly given the athlete, 38, a positive long-term prognosis. Excerpts from the interview were released to the press on Thursday, the same day that a judge in Tampa, Fla., sentenced the one-time outfielder to 30 days in jail for violating his probation (in connection with charges related to drug use and solicitation of a prostitute). In the courtroom, a downcast Strawberry told Judge Florence Foster, "I can't run from myself anymore. I've got to take responsibility for myself in recovery."

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