'Nails' gets on, but can't score

Posted: October 22, 2008

1990: Lenny Dykstra turned into the kind of leadoff hitter the Phillies felt they had acquired the previous season from the New York Mets. The guy known as "Nails" batted .325 and led the National League with a .418 on-base percentage. He tied for first in the league with 192 hits and stole 33 bases. In their first full season without Mike Schmidt, the Phillies couldn't find anyone to drive Dykstra home with consistency. Von Hayes led the team in RBIs that season with only 73. But Dykstra, when healthy, showed he could be one of the majors' best table-setters, and would have an even better season in the World Series year of 1993.

2008: Jimmy Rollins didn't put up 2007 MVP numbers but he stole a personal-best 47 bases and was among the league leaders in triples with nine. Shane Victorino established a number of career highs including batting average (.293), runs (102), hits (167), home runs (14) and RBIs (58).

Michael Bamberger was the Phillies beat writer for The Inquirer in 1990. Joe Juliano writes about both teams.

Remembering 1990

Average price of a gallon of gas: $1.19.

Phillies' record: 77-85, tied for fourth place.

Phillies' attendance: 1,992,484.

Phillies' first-round pick: Mike Lieberthal, C.

Remember this? The spotted owl is added to the endangered species list. (Joins newspapers and intelligent TV there.)

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