Lenny Dykstra

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Position: Center Field

Teams

  • New York Mets (1985-1989
  • Philadelphia Phillies (1989-1996)

Notables

  • Also known as “Nails” or “The Dude”
  • Won the 1986 World Series with the Mets
  • 3-time All-Star (1990,1994,1995)
  • Silver Slugger Award (1993)
  • Finished 2nd in voting for the 1993 NL MVP Award (behind Barry Bonds)
  • His son, Cutter Dykstra, was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers
  • Now a successful businessman

Lenny Dykstra was drafted in the 13th round of the 1981 MLB Draft by the New York Mets and very quickly became a star. While playing single-A ball in 1983, he hit .358 with 8 HR, 81 RBI, and 105 stolen bases. He was brought up to the Major Leagues in 1985 and the following year won the World Series while batting leadoff for the Mets. He hit two memorable postseason home runs that year, one was a walk-off shot in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Astros, and the other was a leadoff homer in Game 3 of the World Series against the Red Sox. Dykstra went on to be a 3-time All-Star, but ironically wasn’t selected for the All-Star Game in 1993, when he finished 2nd in voting for the NL MVP and had the best year of his career. That season, he hit .305 with 19 HR, 66 RBI, 143 runs scored, and 37 stolen bases while leading the Phillies to the World Series (where they lost to the Toronto Blue Jays). Dykstra retired in 1996 following 3 consecutive injury-plagued years. (Lenny Dykstra’s career statistics)

Dykstra may have been aided in his career by performance enhancing drugs. He was named in the 2007 Mitchell Report as a steroid user. Anyone who remembers Lenny Dykstra certainly isn’t shocked by this news, including this blogger on faniq.com. Look at the picture below and decide for yourself:

Dykstra is now a successful businessman, and definitely keeps himself busy. Here is a partial list of his post-baseball ventures:

(Photo from The New Yorker)

Here’s a recent article from the New Yorker on Dykstra’s post-baseball successes.

Check out this blog which recaps a recent interview with Dykstra on HBO’s Real Sports. The hilarious exchange between the interviewer and Dykstra went like this:

Goldberg: “Is it true you once said you don’t read books because they might hurt your batting eye?”

Lenny Dykstra: “Yeah. You got to rest your eyes, man, plus it makes you think too much.”

Goldberg: “Reading?”

Dykstra: “Too confusing.”

Goldberg: “Reading?”

Dykstra: “Yeah, I still don’t like to read.”

Goldberg: “And I’m supposed to follow your investing advice?”

Dykstra: “Only if you like money.”

I also like the last paragraph on that blog, which mentions that Dykstra once broke several bones after crashing his Mercedes on the way home from John Kruk’s bachelor party.

Dykstra’s son, Cutter, was drafted in the 2nd round of this year’s MLB draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. Here’s an article on him.

Here’s my favorite picture of Lenny Dykstra. The bulge of chewing tobacco in the cheek is a classic Dykstra look:

Youtubes:

Fox Baseball commercial featuring Lenny Dykstra:

Lenny Dykstra introduction for the 1986 Mets reunion at Shea Stadium:

Mike and the Mad Dog discuss Lenny Dykstra:

A true Lenny Dykstra fan:

 

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