Boy oh boy, things have been better for Lenny Dykstra. Dykstra, known as “Nails” during his days as a big league ball player has recently filed for bankruptcy, sold his house, gotten divorced, sold his 1986 World Series ring and ruined his relationship with his son. Tough break.
During his playing days, Dykstra was one of the more exciting and charismatic players in the game. He played for the Mets from 1985-1989, and played a key role on the 1986 World Series winning club.
He took his scrappy game to Philadelphia in 1989 when he was traded for Juan Samuel. He took his game to a new level in the City of Brotherly Love and was a fan favorite until retiring after the 1996 season. In 1990, Lenny flirted with .400 for a little while, hitting over .400 into mid-June. It was in Philly that Dysktra played his best ball which included an amazing 1993 campaign.
In 1993, Nails led the NL in at-bats, hits, runs, walks and finished 2nd in MVP voting. It was in that 1993 season that the Phillies took the National League pennant before falling the Toronto Blue Jays in the World Series. All of this makes it sound like Lenny was maybe a bit more than mediocre, however, his personal issues shortened what could have been a much better career.
His last full season in the bigs was that monster season in 1993 (he missed a big chunk of one season due to a drunk driving crash) and he was out of baseball by the time he was 33. Nails was known as a partier off the field, a reputation he did little to quell.
In addition to some of his other issues, Dykstra has had both of his brothers accuse of him of fraud and he was named in the Mitchell Report as an abuser of steroids. Dykstra sure was nuts on the field, crashing into walls and playing his heart out, but he was even more reckless off of it. Too bad.