Dykstra Claims He Blackmailed Umps

Lenny Dykstra, the spark plug of the 1993 Phillies team that went to the World Series, told radio host Colin Cowherd this week that he blackmailed umpires to get favorable treatment while in Philadelphia.

“I had to do what I had to do to win and support my family,” Dykstra said.

The stories have been around for years — Dykstra was coy about them during an interview with Philly radio host Mike Missanelli last year — but Tuesday’s interview appeared to be the first time he directly confirmed the rumors.

A spokesman for Major League Baseball told Philly Mag that officials are aware of Dykstra’s interview, but had no immediate comment on his allegations.
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Ex-Phillie Mitch Williams Suing MLB Network, Deadspin

Hey, what’s ol’ Mitchy-poo been up to? Oh, I see: He’s suing MLB Network and Deadspin stemming from a report Deadspin posted about Williams’ behavior at a youth tourney game this April.

Williams, the Daily News reports, is suing MLB Network for wrongful termination and defamation and Deadspin for defamation. After Deadspin posted its report — which included allegations of foul language by Williams and photos of him chest-to-chest with an ump at an under-10 tournament in New Jersey — Williams admitted being ejected from the game, but claimed it was the ump who was the problem.

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Mitch Williams Ejected From Child’s Baseball Game Because He’s Mitch Williams

Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Mitch Williams follows through on a pitch in the ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves in game 1 off the National League Championship Series at Veterans Stadium, Oct. 06, 1993.Williams was the winning pitcher in the Phillies? 10th inning 4-3 win. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Mitch Williams follows through on a pitch in the ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves in game 1 off the National League Championship Series at Veterans Stadium, Oct. 06, 1993.Williams was the winning pitcher in the Phillies? 10th inning 4-3 win. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

Run, don’t walk, to Deadspin’s post about Mitch Williams getting booted from a child’s baseball game for arguing with the umpire — because the pics of Williams all up in the ump’s grill are extraordinary.

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Remembering Jim Fregosi

Phillies manager Jim Fresosi has died

Photo: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

For Philadelphians around my age, the 1993 Phillies are the first great Philly team we remember. We weren’t born yet in 1980. The title-winning Sixers in ’83 or the conference champ Flyers in ‘87. People in their 20s probably don’t remember Buddy Ryan’s Eagles defenses, unless it’s from Tecmo Super Bowl. Yes, the 1993 Phillies are the First Great Philadelphia Sports team of Millennials.

Some teams are defined by history — as much as sportswriters are historians — by their managers, like Buddy Ryan’s Eagles. The ’93 Phillies were always a team defined by the players — the chest-pounding, beer-swilling, pennant-winning bunch that went from 70 wins the previous year to 97 in 1993. “Fat, drunk and endearing,” was how Philadelphia magazine described them in a retrospective in 2012.

But it’s Jim Fregosi, who died this morning at the age of 71, who was somehow able to manage this team to two wins of the World Series. He was a sarcastic, wise-cracking ex-ballplayer whose attitude seemed to fit the team perfectly.

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