Lenny Dykstra is a former Major League Baseball star player who played as a center fielder. He played from 1985 to 1996 for two teams; the New York Mets till 1989 and later for Philadelphia Phillies. He announced his retirement in 1998 and post-baseball career got embroiled in several high-finance deals and controversies surrounding him. He faced several lawsuits and even faced bankruptcy. Needless to mention, these controversies has generated mush interest and curiosity on the part of his fans and general public, about his financial status and how he compares in money matters with other iconic baseball players.
Read on to know more about Lenny Dykstra, his family life and his total Net Worth in 2018.
Lenny Dykstra Early Life
Lenny Dykstra was born on February 10, 1963 at Santa Ana, California. His full name is Leonard Kyle Dykstra. Since his childhood he was fond of baseball. He has an elder brother Brian and a younger brother Kevin. Lenny was good in baseball amd started his professional career at 18 years of age.
Dykstra has been married for 23 years, but his wife divorced him after he fell from grace and had to go to prison for 3 years. The couple had three sons. His mother and brothers have also parted ways from him.
Lenny Dykstra Career, Awards & Achievement
Dykstra’s professional career began in 1981 when he was drafted by the New York Mets in the 13th round. In the Carolina League, he became a standout player and was named the most valuable player or MVP.
In 1985 Dykstra began playing in the Major league. By this time he had been nicknamed the Nails because he was considered as tough as the nails. The 1986 season saw him leading the Mets to the World Series championship. At Fenway Park in the third game his leadoff home run remained in the memory of the spectators.
In 1989 Dykstra was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies from the Mets along with teammate Roger McDowell for Juan Samuel and Tom Edens. He became the fan’s favorite there too. In 1990 while leading the team he started the All Star Game. He performed well enough to rank fourth in the batting average.
In 1991, he was injured in a car crash and prosecuted for drunken driving. His injuries took months to heal. His collarbone fractured again and he was forced to miss a whole season.
In 1992, on the opening day he was hit by a pitch on the hands, fracturing the bones. In 1993 although he led the team, it lost the World Series to Toronto Blue Jays. He scored .348 with four home runs. For the Most Valuable Player title in the National League, he became the runner-up to the title-winner Barry Bonds; though he topped in the league in hits, walks and runs scored.
Dykstra’s last appearance was in 1996. He continued being troubled by injuries, and missed the last four months of the season. His back injuries made him miss the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
In 1998, he tried to make one final comeback during the spring training, but it turned out to be unsuccessful. He then announced his retirement, twenty nine months of playing his last game when he was just 35 years of age.
There had been a lot of controversies associated with Lenny Dykstra. He has been accused of using performance enhancing steroids.
Post-retirement also, controversies kept dogging him. He started a jet charter company. In 2009 he filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. He served six months in prison as he was found guilty of bankruptcy fraud.
In 2010, Dykstra founded Nails Investments, an online financial advisory firm.
In 2012 Dykstra was indicted in identity theft, grand theft auto charges and possession of drugs. He was sentenced to three years in prison.
Since 2016, he has joined Rebound Finance, a credit referral agency, where he is the brand ambassador. He is also a recurring guest for Barstool Sports podcasts.
Dykstra has also written his autobiography which he released in 2016, titled ‘House of Nails: A Memoir of Life on the Edge’. It turned out to be a bestseller in the nonfiction list of New Your Times at #11 slot.
Awards & Achievement
Dykstra was a great baseball player, which is evident from the fact that he was a three time All-Star in the years 1990, 1994 and 1995. He led his team to victory in the World Series champion in 1986 and received the Silver Slugger Award in 1993.
Net worth of Lenny Dykstra
In 2007, Lenny Dykstra had bought a 6.5 acre property in Thousand Oaks, California for $18.5 million but lost the house in November 2010 a Ventura County foreclosure sale.
In 2008, he had net worth exceeding $58 millions. Nut he lost everything and filed for bankruptcy. He even lacked the $500,000 required for his bail.
Today after having spent three years in prison, he is a free man and trying to work his way out. Yet he is one of the rare celebrities who have their Net Worth on the negative. The Net worth of Lenny Dykstra is estimated to be -$20 million.
Lenny Dykstra was an outstanding Major League Baseball player. However, his personal and financial was riddled with trouble. He was handicapped by his injuries and the controversies and his actions destroyed his life. His life is a lesson for those talented celebrities who should keep a check on their personal life and prevent their whims and fancies from destroying their much celebrated life style.