June 7, 2011
Former Phillies general manager Lee Thomas acquired Lenny Dykstra, Roger McDowell and a player to be named later from the New York Mets for Juan Samuel in June 1989. The deal was completed a month later when the Phillies got Tom Edens. Dykstra signed a 3-year, $7.3 million contract with the Phillies in August 1990, and a 4-year, $24.9 million extension in December 1993. The Daily News' Mark Kram caught up with Thomas, who is retired, for his thoughts on Dykstra: "No matter what he did, whether he gambled or played baseball, he was a red-light player.
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.
July 21, 1994 |
Now it's the Phillies' manager on the disabled list. Jim Fregosi checked into Thomas Jefferson University Hospital after yesterday's 9-2 loss to the Giants for treatment of a sore back. Fregosi has complained about the back for several days, and sent coach John Vukovich out to make an eighth-inning pitching change during yesterday's game after hobbling out to take out starter David West in the fourth. Team spokesman Larry Shenk said team trainer Jeff Cooper advised Fregosi "to get a couple of days' rest and medication and see how he does.
October 10, 1993 |
A gruesome combination of uninspired hitting, lackluster defense and flat pitching resulted in a grim outcome for the Phillies yesterday afternoon. They lost to the Atlanta Braves, 9-4, and now trail in the National League playoffs, two games to one. The fourth game of this best-of-seven series will begin here tonight at 8:29. John Smoltz will be the starting pitcher for the Braves and Danny Jackson for the Phillies. Yesterday, the Phillies started Terry Mullholland, who pitched only five innings in September because of a hip injury.
October 18, 1993 |
The Phillies developed an intimate relationship with the outfield wall at SkyDome last night. Four times they ran into it, twice they hit balls over it, and along the way they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-4, to tie the World Series at one game apiece. Jim Eisenreich, a gentle and clean-shaven Phillie, ripped the game open for the Phils in the third inning, when he smashed a three-run home run off Dave Stewart. Lenny Dykstra - who had two brushes with the outfield wall on defense and two distinguished catches - gave the Phillies a vital insurance run with a solo homer in the seventh.
February 27, 1992 |
Forty-eight Phillies lie on the still-moist morning grass at Carpenter Complex, reaching hard toward faraway toes. But the 49th player is standing. Alone at the center of this white-and- maroon sea of calisthenics, he chomps on a baseball-size hunk of tobacco and swings a fungo at a phantom pitch. Guess who? "I'm anxious to get going," said the 49th player. When was Lenny Dykstra not anxious to get going? The man manager Jim Fregosi calls the best leadoff hitter in baseball is back - his twice-shattered collarbone in place, his cockiness intact, his meaty fingers eager to squeeze resistance out of any bat. Filled with the adrenalin of early spring, the hyperactive Dykstra was eager, too, to talk yesterday as infielders and outfielders joined pitchers and catchers at the Phillies' rain-soaked spring camp.
April 19, 2012 |
FORMER PHILLIES outfielder Lenny Dykstra pleaded no contest to charges of lewd conduct and assault with a deadly weapon related to sexual misconduct with women who responded to ads he placed for housekeeping on Craigslist, the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office said Wednesday. Dykstra, 48, was sentenced to 9 months in the county jail and 3 years' probation. He also was ordered to stay away from five victims and told not to "solicit" on Craigslist or other social networking sites.
August 31, 1991
There was something good about the way Lenny Dykstra broke his collarbone for the second time this season, and we've been grasping for a way to say it that won't seem insensitive to the pain being endured by Mr. Dykstra, not to mention the Phillies' ever-suffering adherents. The scrappy centerfielder broke it the first time when he wrapped his car (not to mention catcher Darren Daulton) around some immovable object. This time he broke it while crashing into the lamentably unpadded outfield wall in Cincinnati in the course of successfully pursuing a fly ball.
March 29, 2013
The Mets never got to do a victory dance during their last waltz. The core group of Gary Carter, Keith Hernandez, Wally Backman, Lenny Dykstra, Darryl Strawberry, Ron Darling, and Dwight Gooden beat the Red Sox, four games to three, to win the 1986 World Series. But they finished second in the NL East in 1987 after 1986 World Series MVP Ray Knight left the team. Then they lost to the Dodgers in the 1988 NLCS. After that, the team was overhauled, and the last waltz was over. What the core players did: Backman, Dykstra, Carter, and Knight combined for 31 hits as the Mets won three of the last four World Series games to clinch the title.
June 14, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - Former Phillies and Mets all-star Lenny Dykstra pleaded not guilty Monday in a federal case where he's accused of embezzling money from a bankruptcy estate. An out-of-sorts Dykstra appeared in a Los Angeles federal courtroom where he entered his plea while flanked by a new attorney, a deputy federal public defender. His previous lawyer, Mark Werksman, wouldn't comment about why he no longer represented Dykstra, but noted a judge has declared the one-time baseball star indigent.