Lenny Dykstra sure knows how to hold a grudge. Dykstra has been in the news for all the wrong reasons after his playing days with the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. Things have gotten so bad for Dykstra lately that a judge ruled that Dykstra’s image possibly couldn’t be tarnished any more than it already is when he ruled in favor of Dykstra’s former teammate Ron Darling in a recent lawsuit. The dismissal of that lawsuit on June 1 hasn’t deterred Dykstra from taking shots at former teammates, including Dale Murphy.
Lenny Dykstra the baseball player
Lenny Dykstra was always a fan favorite. He played the game hard, earning the nickname ‘Nails’ and earning the respect of players and fans. He was a leadoff hitter with some pop. Drafted by the New York Mets in the 13th round of the 1981 MLB draft, Dykstra went on to have a 12-year career in Major League Baseball.
Dykstra spent the first four-plus seasons of his career with the Mets before he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in June of 1989. With the Mets, Dykstra was a solid player, but when he played in Philadelphia, he became a three-time MLB All-Star. He made his first all-star appearance during the 1990 season when he led the National League in hits (192) and on-base percentage (.418).
Dykstra’s best season came in 1993 when he wasn’t even an all-star. He led the National League in hits with 194 and was also tops in walks with 129. Dykstra led all of baseball with 143 runs scored while batting .305. He finished second in the MVP voting. Dykstra was a member of the Mets when they won the 1986 World Series.
Dykstra’s lawsuit against Ron Darling
Dykstra’s off-the-field troubles have been widespread as evidenced by his pinned Twitter post that shows how he has gone two full years without being arrested. His latest issue involves a lawsuit against former New York Mets teammate, pitcher Ron Darling.
Ron Darling, in his book “108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game,” Darling claimed Dykstra hurled racial slurs at former pitcher Dennis ‘Oil Can’ Boyd. Darling said the incident occurred at the beginning of Game 3 of the 1986 World Series at Fenway Park in Boston. Dykstra sued Darling for defamation of character. Judge Robert D. Kalish dismissed the suit, saying Dykstra already had a tarnished image from his own doing.
Judge Kalish’s ruling, obtained by NBCSports.com, read in part, “The nature and seriousness of Dykstra’s criminal offenses, which include fraud, embezzlement, grand theft, and lewd conduct and assault with a deadly weapon, and notably the degree of publicity they received, have already established his general bad reputation for fairness and decency far worse than the alleged racially charged bench-jockeying in the reference could.”
Lenny Dykstra blasts Dale Murphy
Lenny Dykstra’s former teammate Dale Murphy took to Twitter on Monday, saying his son was shot in the eye with a rubber bullet while peacefully protesting for justice for George Floyd. Dykstra chimed in and ripped his former teammate. He wrote, “No children of Lenny Dykstra have had issues w police resulting from being part of an #Antifa mob. We Dykstras have proper respect for the men in blue.”
Dykstra’s attack on Murphy appears to have been related to Dykstra’s lawsuit against Ron Darling. Dykstra kept tweeting about Murphy, saying Murphy could’ve backed him up in his failed suit against Darling.
“BTW I wouldn’t be enjoying this if @DaleMurphy3 had said one damn thing in my support after Ron Darling’s vile lies about me,” Dykstra tweeted. “F**k him and his loser kid. All he would have had to say – not there in 1986 – could have been like ‘Lenny got along great with his teammates. BTW, that includes his black teammates, who also loved him, even sort of treated him as an ‘honorary brother.’” But crickets from him when it could have meant a lot.”