h2h Corner ~ Check You Out On the Flip Side: Len Dykstra

Dykstra 1987 backHold for the shocker of the century…Len Dykstra has Dykstra 1987 fronthockey blood in him. Is anyone really surprised? I read the back of this card and was like yep that makes a ton of sense. Dykstra reminds me of baseball’s version of Tie Domi – someone who was willing to abuse his and your body to ensure victory…someone with a huge honking wad of chew in his cheek, scratching, and spitting. Basically, your everyday fire and brimstone igniter player.

My empirical sense of Dykstra was corroborated by an objective view of his career. Dude finished with a .375 OBP and had three seasons with an OBP over .400. In 1993, he led the Phillies and league in runs, hits, and walks. Hits and walks in the same year – that’s absurd. Basically, he got on base and caused damage.

Unfortunately, perhaps because of his continually aggressive play, his body never let Dykstra join the upper echelons of baseball history. He only managed 1,278 games over 12 seasons. His last season, 1996, he played in just 40 contests, but managed a .387 OBP.

He was also part of a pretty poor trade by the Mets. Along with Roger McDowell he was sent to the Phillies for Juan Samuel.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Albert Lang on September 21, 2010 at 7:16 am

    By the by, I know he went by Lenny, I just think it’s funny that the card said Len. He seems less scary as Len.


  2. remember the drunkin car wreck that was the begining of the end what a shame


  3. Posted by Albert Lang on September 21, 2010 at 8:48 am

    I had forgotten about that (i was 9 at the time). I wonder if that’s what made Darren Daulton crazy?

    I always liked him as a player, but man, he was nuts.


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