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Fingering 'Nails'; Former outfielder Dykstra is alleged to have taken steroids before 1993 season and to have helped a friend with bets on games.
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Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Subjects: Litigation; Athletes; Steroids; Gambling; Professional baseball -- Philadelphia Phillies
Author: Pugmire, Lance
Date: Apr 24, 2005
Start Page: D.1
Section: Sports; Part D; Sports Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

The suit includes a sworn declaration from a Florida bodybuilder - - a convicted drug dealer -- who said Dykstra paid him $20,000 plus "special perks" during their eight-year association to "bulk up" the once-slight ballplayer. In an interview, Jeff Scott said he injected Dykstra with steroids "more times than I can count," and that Dykstra stepped up his steroid use in spring training of 1993 because "it was a contract year."

Dykstra had his finest season in 1993. After never hitting more than 10 home runs in any of his eight previous seasons, Dykstra hit 19, plus six in the postseason. The team won 17 of its first 22 games and 45 of its first 62, sprinting to the National League East title, with Dykstra playing a career-high 161 games.

BIGGER AND BETTER? Dykstra hit 19 home runs in 1993, when he is alleged to have used steroids by a bodybuilder.; PHOTOGRAPHER: Mike Blake Reuters; AS A MET: [Lenny Dykstra] never hit more than 10 homers or knocked in more than 45 runs in five seasons in New York.; PHOTOGRAPHER: Stephen Dunn Getty Images; SPARKPLUG: Dykstra helped the Mets win the 1986 World Series and led the Phillies to the '93 Series with his best season.; PHOTOGRAPHER: T.G. Higgins Getty Images; DOUBLE TROUBLE: Lenny Dykstra "absolutely denies" allegations of gambling in lawsuit against him, according to his lawyer, and has denied using steroids in the past.; PHOTOGRAPHER: George Wilhelm Los Angeles Times

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