Lenny Dykstra, circa 1993
This morning, I was watching an old "This Week in Baseball" episode on ESPN classic while trying to coax my body out of bed for another day of raining down sickness and disease on the planet. At the end of the episode, Mel Allen made a comment about Lenny Dykstra. Something to the effect of, "Lenny Dykstra is the first man to lead his league in at-bats, hits, runs, and walks in major league history."
This made me raise my left eyebrow and mutter... "wow."
So, since Carlos Beltran is a Met, I figured we'd keep it in the NL East and take a look back at the year that was 1993, for Lenny Dykstra.
I remember Lenny Dykstra as a good player. He always hustled, went into second spikes up, and looked like he was going to choke at any minute on the enormous wad of tobacco he was chewing... in other words, Lenny Dykstra was a throw back player.
Following his 1993 season, Dykstra finished second in the NL MVP voting, behind Barry Bonds. Check out these stats below. The ones I find particularly impressive are the .420 OBP, the 129 walks (a 2 to 1 BB/K ratio), 44 doubles, and 161 games played. Oh yeah, and 773 plate appearances!
Lenny Dykstra, circa 1993, courtesy bbref, part I
Lenny Dykstra, circa 1993, courtesy bbref, part II
Hot diggity! Now I wish that guy was leading off for the Cubs in 2005.