Rugby World Cup
This Week's Issue
Life of Reilly
SI for Women
CNN/SI - TV
Golf Pro Shop
MLB Gear Store
NFL Gear Store
SI FOR KIDS
The Phillies front office isn't thrilled about the return of Lenny Dykstra, the onetime wall-banger who hasn't played a game since May 1996. In fact, the team, which has to pick up his $6 million 1999 contract if he gets 500 plate appearances in '98, strongly encouraged Dykstra to retire. Funny thing, though. The Philsmaybe baseball's least-talented teamhave only one way to avoid the cellar, and that's for Dykstra, 35, to overcome serious back injuries, bat leadoff, play center like a demon and restore enthusiasm to the morguelike Vet. For all that to happen, Nails will needcha-ching500 plate appearances.
What They Needed: Pitching to go with ace Curt Schilling. A centerfielder. Middle infield help.
What They Got: Second baseman Mark Lewis, shortstop Alex Arias and outfielders Doug Glanville and Bobby Abreu, a hot prospect from Houston.
What it All Means: It means that no matter how many Alex Arias fans fill the Vet, the Phillies will still be awful. This is a team that lost a good second baseman (Mickey Morandini) and a good shortstop (Kevin Stocker), picked up no reliable starting pitchers and believes Glanville is the solution to all their woes. Lenny Dykstra, injured for the last 250 years, returns to center. At least he's fun to watch.
Copyright © 1999 CNN/SI. A Time Warner Company.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.