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March 5, 2012 | By Andrew Blankstein, LOS ANGELES TIMES
LOS ANGELES - Former Phillies and New York Mets star and financial guru Lenny Dykstra was sentenced to three years in state prison on Monday, after a judge rejected a last-ditch effort to change his no contest plea and fight the charges. Dykstra, who faced up to a four-year sentence, must serve his time in state prison. He had pleaded no contest to grand theft auto and filing a false financial statement in connection with a scheme to use somebody else's paperwork to steal or lease several new cars, according to court records.
SPORTS
April 4, 1995 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Did the baseball strike torture anyone more thoroughly than Lenny Dykstra? The missed paychecks and months of inactivity clawed at the Phillies' restless centerfielder, forced him to question his loyalties. Surely it would be a transforming experience. Surely he would be a changed man when it ended. Yeah, and Kato Kaelin enrolled at the Sorbonne minutes after leaving the witness stand. Once a Dude, apparently, always a Dude. "Hey, Joey, bring me a cup of coffee, will you?" Dykstra yelled good- naturedly at assistant equipment manager Joe Dunn shortly after bopping into the Phillies' locker room yesterday for the first time in nearly eight months.
SPORTS
August 18, 1992 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For the Phillies, the signs of hard times are everywhere this gloomy August. Except for the standings, however, few signs are as revealing as this one: The number of players the Phils have used this season (46) is rapidly approaching the number of games they have won (49). Outfielder Braulio Castillo became the 46th Phillie yesterday when he was summoned from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace the injured Lenny Dykstra on the roster. The 24-year-old Castillo was en route from Richmond, Va., where the Red Barons were playing, to Philadelphia when last night's Phillies-Reds game became the Phils' third rainout in a week.
SPORTS
March 7, 1998 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Terry Francona was the picture of cool as he kicked back in his office chair for his daily meeting with reporters yesterday morning. The Phillies' manager casually breezed through a few early questions, the answers rolling off his tongue freely and easily. His relaxed demeanor changed, however, when the center-field battle between Lenny Dykstra and Doug Glanville was brought up. Suddenly, his smiling face was clenched as tightly as a fist. He picked up a black pen and began doodling nervously on a yellow legal pad. He squeezed that pen tighter and tighter with each question.
SPORTS
August 25, 1993 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Life isn't easy when you're The Run Machine. When you roll those runs off the assembly line the way Lenny Dykstra has this year, people come to expect things, you see. They don't expect there are ever going to be nights like Monday - when The Run Machine went 0 for 6, when The Run Machine failed to score for the third game in a row, when the Phillies (not coincidentally) failed to win for the third game in a row. They don't expect stuff like that from Lenny Dykstra anymore.
NEWS
December 12, 1995 | By Laura Genao, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A simple handshake and some baseball chat with a ballplayer has become a complicated legal issue for Chester County Court Judge Robert Shenkin, who presided over a zoning appeal filed by Lenny Dykstra for a proposed car wash. The few minutes of conversation followed a hearing last Tuesday in Chester County Court. Reports about it incited neighbors of the proposed Tredyffrin car wash to call upon the judge to remove himself from the case. Members of the Old Forge Crossing Condominium Association oppose the car wash.
SPORTS
May 19, 1996 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Numbers go only so far. According to the calculator, each of the 162 games on a major-league team's schedule counts for six-tenths of 1 percent of the regular season. That's the math. The truth is, every season is punctuated by games that mean a whole lot more than that. The Phillies' 7-2 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday night was one of those games. It was the Phillies' third straight loss, for one thing; it dropped them below .500 (20-21) for the first time since April 23, when they were 9-10.
NEWS
July 23, 1997 | By Anika M. Scott, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
After 18 months of waiting, Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra has encountered another roadblock to the construction of a much-disputed car wash in Devon. In an executive session last week, township supervisors voted, 7-2, to appeal Chester County Court Judge Robert Shenkin's decision of June 30 to allow Dykstra to build the car wash at Valley Forge and Swedesford Roads. Shenkin's ruling, which contained restrictions that the township could impose on the car wash, overturned the township zoning board's December 1995 decision to deny Dykstra the variances he needs to go ahead with his plans.
NEWS
March 5, 1995 | By Jeff Eckhoff, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Phillies centerfielder Lenny Dykstra has sued a Chester County woman he hired to decorate a home he almost purchased, demanding that she return money he gave her before the deal fell apart. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Montgomery County Court, seeks the return of more than $30,000 of the $50,000 Dykstra gave Barbara F. Woelke, an interior designer in Paoli. The money, deposited into an escrow account in February 1994, was to cover Woelke's services in revamping a house on Wrenfield Way in Villanova that Dykstra had agreed to purchase.
SPORTS
April 26, 2005 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
John Kruk admits that the 1993 Phillies swung for the fences when it came to partying. But steroids? "If someone was using steroids on that team, they were awfully quiet about it," the former Macho Row stalwart said by telephone yesterday, a day after the Los Angeles Times reported allegations of steroid use and baseball-related gambling activity by former teammate Lenny Dykstra. "If someone was using steroids, they hid it really well. I never heard it spoken about and I never saw it. "Let me tell you, we partied hard on that team.
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SPORTS
February 16, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Pitchers, catchers, and a bunch of guys the Phillies spent the offseason trying to trade will report to spring training Thursday. Contrary to popular belief, this team is going to be a contender. No, they are not going to be in the National League East race or even fighting for one of the league's two wild-card spots. They will, however, compete for the title of the Most Awkward Spring Training in franchise history. If you think that's an easy pursuit, you must have forgotten some of the absurd things that have happened in the past under the palm trees in Clearwater, Fla. Sure, that first Ryan Howard news conference of the spring is going to be uncomfortable for both him and the media.
SPORTS
September 13, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
In the dead of a spring night in 1991, Lenny Dykstra left a bachelor party, slipped behind the wheel of a luscious-lips-red Mercedes-Benz, and - with Darren Daulton sitting next to him, with Dykstra's blood-alcohol level already having left Pennsylvania's legal standard for drunkenness in the dust - crashed the car into a pair of trees. Teammates on the Phillies at the time, Dykstra and Daulton were lucky to have walked away from the accident, let alone to play baseball again, and the incident created a dilemma for the man charged with determining Dykstra's fate in the sport.
SPORTS
July 3, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
THE YEAR was 1996. The first full season after baseball's debilitating strike. The Philadelphia Phillies, the last full 162-game season National League champions, sent out a roster of well-regarded thirtysomethings - some holdovers from '93, some not. It was hoped that Benito Santiago, Gregg Jefferies and Todd Zeile would refresh the team that had stumbled in the two previous seasons pockmarked by a baseball strike, a team that still included Darren...
SPORTS
February 13, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
I AM A sporadic pack rat. Which is another way of saying I tend to throw out valuable things and hold on to things of dubious worth. Near or at the top of this list would be drawer No. 4 in my attic, which houses every Phillies media guide since my hire in 1992. Back then it was a good idea to hold on to the damn things for historical purposes, but those were the days when the Internet was a futuristic rumor not taken seriously, and the public library was a valued institution and not the focus of a cost-cutting debate.
SPORTS
November 6, 2013 | BY DREW McQUADE, Daily News Staff Writer mcquadd@phillynews.com
PRO ATHLETES used to thank God it was Friday or any other day when they could do whatever they wanted in watering holes without some guilty bystander whipping out an iPhone and posting Instagram improprietries on Disgracebook. Those were the days when Cro-Magnon men and Neanderthalism were protected by media and fans alike. The playing field has changed. Cagey athletes think twice now before letting groupies append themselves under each arm. How tweet it ain't. Cats playing pianos wear thin in the annoying age of Internet suffocation, but there's a perverse charm to repeatedly watching Lenny Dykstra on YouTube compare himself to Gandhi while referring to him as "that Indian dude.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Valerie Harper , 74, who revealed in the spring she had brain cancer, may be seeing some hope. "I'd say that we're getting pretty close to a remission," her doc, Jeremy Rudnick , told her on-camera in a segment shot for NBC's Today . "It defies the odds. " But any remission is going to be temporary, Rudnick added. Harper's type of cancer develops resistance to therapy. "It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when," he said. But a remission buys time, he added. The Mary Tyler Moore and Rhoda star took Meredith Vieira - and a camera crew - to her appointment with her doctor as part of a Today special about Harper to air on Sept.
SPORTS
August 2, 2013 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
THE 1993 PHILLIES had a bottle of beer in one hand and a bottle of lightning in the other. They were unshaven and not particularly hygienic, but boy could they play baseball. The season ended with Joe Carter's walkoff home run, but the legacy is the dirt on Lenny Dykstra's chest, John Kruk's ripped pants and Mitch Williams' high-wire acts from the bullpen. "Who's Ugly Now," the Daily News headline wondered after the Phillies had taken care of the pretty-boy Braves to reach the World Series.
SPORTS
July 26, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
Last of two parts LENNY DYKSTRA says going to jail for bankruptcy fraud was "rock bottom. " Says he gave former teammate Pete Incaviglia a job at his car wash when Inky was having "some problems personally. " Believable? Who knows? On Tuesday, Dykstra revealed those things and more in an interview with "FYI Sports Talk," a part of the Jon Lovitz Vodcast Network. Nails talked to show hosts Robert Fick and Dmitri Young, both former major leaguers, about a wide range of subjects.
SPORTS
July 26, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
First of two parts LENNY DYKSTRA gave his first interview since coming out of prison. And, as you might expect, it was classic Nails. Dykstra was released from the the Victorville Federal Correctional Complex in California in June after serving 6 1/2 months in for bankruptcy fraud. Yesterday, he chatted with former major league All-Stars Robert Fick and Dmitri Young on their show "FYI Sports Talk," part of the Jon Lovitz Vodcast Network. "It sounds so funny for me to say I was in prison," Dykstra said.
SPORTS
July 3, 2013 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
IN 1993, PHILLIES general manager Lee Thomas had the equivalent of a .400 season for a general manager. While other teams had spent lavishly on free agents during an insanely busy winter meetings - Barry Bonds, David Cone and Dave Stewart were among the players who switched teams for huge deals - Thomas held almost daily mini-news conferences in a hotel suite announcing what seemed at the time to be small trades and small free-agent signings. Pete Incaviglia, Jim Eisenreich, David West, Danny Jackson: All had career years or huge bounceback seasons in 1993.
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