Lenny Dykstra led the National League in walks with 129 in 1993. According to the three-time All-Star, it wasn’t by chance or because his eyesight suddenly improved overnight.
Dykstra admitted Tuesday on FOX Sports 1’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” that he used to hire private investigators to track Major League Baseball umpires. The former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder claims he would use information gathered against the umps to gain a competitive edge.
“I just pulled a half-million bucks out and I hired a private investigation team to follow them. Their blood is just as red as ours,” Dykstra said. “Some of them like women, some of them like men, some of them gamble. Some of them do whatever.
“It wasn’t a coincidence, do you think, that I led the league in walks the next few years, was it? … Fear does a lot to a man.”
Dykstra’s mischievous activity probably shouldn’t come as a surprise, as his off-the-field reputation is questionable, to say the least. Him openly admitting such certainly raises eyebrows, though, even if it’s a ploy to suck people into buying the book he’s supposedly releasing.
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