Jun 30, 2010
Steroid Pioneer: Lenny Dykstra Admits Use in New Book
Dyrstra, a member for the 1993 NL Champion Phillies, became a wall street and market speculation guru after his playing days and has been involved in current controversy over money he was given to influence his stock tips.
Lane writes that one day in 2000 he was meeting with Dykstra in his NYC apartment to pick up a settlement check. The two started discussing the ongoing congressional inquiry on steroids in baseball and Dykstra began to admit his past discretion.
"I was like the very first to do that," stated Dykstra, "Me and Jose [Conseco] were the first ones."
His steroid legacy was so well known and he was even consulted by MLB execs in 2000 about his career and his ability to educated the league on steroids.
The book entitled "The Zeroes: My Misadventures in the Decade Wall Street Went Insane," even contained Dykstra's admittance that part of his steroid use was to get more money from the Phillies organization.
After the 1993 season, Dykstra was given a four-year $24.9 million dollar deal yet injuries kept him from playing a complete season for the Phillies and he retired in 1996.
Lane even describes how the once great Phillies rationalized his steroid use.
"'You gotta understand, there were only 28 people who had my job in the whole world...So I needed to do anything I could to protect my job, take care of my family."
Dykstra was a career .258 batter and has a career high 19 home runs in 1993.
Most of this steroid speculation is not revolutionary as Dykstra was one of 89 players mentioned in the 2000 Mitchell Report and Dykstra has been very public about the steroid era in baseball.