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Dwight 'Doc' Gooden -- Benched from Bartending Gig

12/15/2010 2:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

It was the worst idea ever -- hiring a baseball legend with a long history of substance abuse to be a celebrity bartender ... but thankfully, the plan was scrapped at the last minute.

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Former Mets/Yankees hurler Dwight "Doc" Gooden was slated to mix drinks last night at Sofrito -- a NY restaurant of fellow bballer Carlos Beltran -- but a rep for the event told us Doc couldn't serve drinks "due to legal reasons." Turns out Dwight is on probation for DWI.

We're told Doc was a big sport and volunteered to work in the kitchen  -- and the reviews are glowing ... he makes a "kick ass paella."


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