Lenny Dykstra, the star of the 1993 Philadelphia Phillies, has pleaded guilty to three counts related to bankruptcy fraud, according to the Associated Press. Dykstra faces up to 20 years in prison and is scheduled for sentencing on December 3.
The charges Dykstra filed a guilty plea to included one count of bankruptcy fraud, another for concealment of assets and another for money laundering. All of this seems rather ironic as I am working through the latest season of Breaking Bad knowing that Dykstra had business ties to a car wash. He should have called Saul.
According to the report, Dykstra filed for bankruptcy and then hid, sold or destroyed more than $400,000 worth of items without permission of a bankruptcy trustee. Dykstra, of course, is already serving a three-year sentence following a no contest to grand theft auto and providing false financial statements.
The downfall of Dykstra should probably not be much of a surprise. He was always considered to be a "bad guy" in the sports world, and there certainly is little to be said in his defense when it comes to moral responsibility. Still, for a generation of Phillies fans who first latched on to following this team, and perhaps the sport and sports in general, Dykstra was a spark plug in 1993. His baseball achievements will still be remembered fondly, but nobody will cry a tear for him in his post-playing days.