Lenny Dykstra, leadoff hitter and center fielder on the New York Mets' 1986 championship team, was charged with 23 felony counts and two misdemeanor charges yesterday in Los Angeles County. Dykstra was charged with grand theft auto, identity theft and possession of cocaine, Ecstasy and synthetic human growth hormone, among other charges. In May, the 48-year-old was charged with bankruptcy fraud by federal authorities.
Dykstra reportedly failed to make his $500,000 bail. If convicted, he faces up to 12 years in prison.
Los Angeles prosecutors said Dykstra and two associates leased luxury automobiles from LA dealerships using the credit of an unwitting acquaintance. They fabricated pay stubs and income statements for a non-existent company Dykstra referred to as Home Free Systems.
Dykstra, who was nicknamed Nails when he played 11 years in the major leagues, was a standout player for the Mets (1985-1989) and the Philadelphia Phillies (1989-1996). He was a three-time All-Star and won the Silver Slugger Award in 1993.