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Lenny Dykstra to be released from prison after only 15 months

Posted at 3:07 PM, Jun 14, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-14 16:20:22-04

Lenny Dykstra, the troubled New York Mets great, is set to be released from a California prison after serving just 15 months of a 3-year-term, Philly.com is reporting.

In October of 2011 Dykstra, 50, pleaded no contest to three grand theft auto counts and one count of filing a false financial report.  Dykstra entered a rehabilitation program for drug and alcohol use and was sentenced to three years in L.A. County Superior Court on March 5, 2012.

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The grand theft auto charges were connected to a stolen car ring that Dykstra ran with two others.  According to prosecutors, they would lease cars on credit through a nonexistent business, then turn around and sell the dealership’s cars.

“I was surprised they let him out before the three years, to be quite frank with you,” said Christopher Frankie, author of “Nailed: The Improbable Rise and Spectacular Fall of Lenny Dykstra.”  “Because he blatantly disobeyed the court, and a lot of the stuff was very brazen. He was doing it in the full view of law enforcement.”

After leaving baseball, Lenny ‘Nails’ Dykstra made a series of poor financial and life decisions.  During his 12 years in Major League Baseball Dykstra hit .285, won the Silver Slugger Award and was a three-time-All Star.

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He was also an integral part of the storied Mets 1986 World Series champion team, and led the Phillies to the National League title in ’93.

“I hope, for his sake, his family’s sake, and the public’s sake, that he doesn’t return to his criminal past,” Frankie said.

“I think people in this country really love a comeback story, so he certainly has that opportunity,” he added. “But I’m not convinced that’s the path he’s going to take.”