August 19, 2004 -- FORMER Yankees pitching ace Dwight Gooden struck out with the Family Court judge who presided over his divorce from his wife of 16 years, Monica. Judge Monica L. Sierra slammed both ex-spouses for their spendthrift ways in her order that awarded Monica, 37, about 55 percent of the couple's $1.39 million in assets, including the $377,000 Tampa home where she and Gooden's four children, ages 7 to 14, now live. Sierra wrote, "It was very clear that neither the wife or the husband is adept" at handling finances, particularly after they got used to a lavish lifestyle that included a 13,000-square-foot mansion and five cars when Gooden was still a star pitcher who signed contracts worth $35 million. But after injuries and cocaine damaged his skills, Gooden retired to Tampa three years ago to become a special assistant to Yankees boss George Steinbrenner at a salary of only $100,000 a year. After he had frittered away most of his earnings, Gooden admitted he could not afford his child support payments to Monica. Among his other expenses, according to court papers, were $2,000-a-month rent on his apartment, a $2,000-a-month lease on a BMW and gifts of money and jewelry to a girlfriend identified in papers as "Monique."