Cutter Dykstra: My dad did not steal my signing bonus

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It has been reported several times over the past year or so — most recently in that story I linked from yesterday’s New York Times — that Lenny Dykstra took his son Cutter Dykstra’s $700,000 signing bonus, “invested it” and subsequently lost it. We’ve passed along that allegation a few times ourselves, as it had never been refuted.

It has now, however, as Cutter Dykstra was a guest on the Dino Costa show on SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio and he said there is nothing to the charge. A three minute clip of the interview can be heard on the Mad Dog Radio Facebook page, here.  Here was the relevant exchange between Dino and Dykstra:

Dino Costa: “What about the story of the signing bonus that you got with the Brewers, that he took that money from you, is that true?”

Cutter Dykstra: “No, I mean, that’s stupid.  That’s just nonsense.”

Cutter went on to be supportive of his father in the interview, saying, “My dad’s been great to me my whole life and he’s helped me through my career every day. He’s a grinder.  Everyone needs to remember that, that’s he’s a grinder.  He’s going to get through whatever he needs to get through.”

Look: we can say anything we want and think anything we want about Lenny Dykstra. But at some point a family matter is a family matter.  It’s one thing to discuss the allegations when they’re out there unrefuted, but now that the alleged victim of the alleged crime has spoken, it’s probably best to leave this one alone. Dykstra has enough problems.  If he and his son have made some sort of peace over all of this, that should be good enough for us.

Giants remove pitching coach Dave Righetti

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After 18 years, 12 winning seasons, seven postseason runs and three World Championships, Dave Righetti is no longer a pitching coach for the Giants. He was removed from his post on Saturday, when the team announced a few reassignments as they shake up their coaching staff. Heading into the 2018 season, Righetti will serve as special assistant to general manager Bobby Evans, former bullpen coach Mark Gardner will step into a similar special assistant role to “assist in pitching evaluations,” and former assistant hitting coach Steve Decker will take a special assistant role in baseball operations.

According to MLB.com’s Chris Haft, Righetti was the longest-tenured pitching coach in the big leagues. He helped shape the careers of notable Giants’ aces like Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain — all Cy Young contenders (and, in Lincecum’s case, a two-time winner) at various points in their careers. He was there to assist Ryan Vogelsong during his stunning mid-career comeback in San Francisco. He helped newcomers like Chris Stratton and Ty Blach flourish even as the team stumbled to the bottom of the division. He was there to take the credit when a sterling rotation clinched the Giants’ 56-year, drought-snapping championship title in 2010 — and, when things went so horribly south in 2017, he took the blame as well.

Hardly anything went right for the Giants’ pitching staff in 2017. Madison Bumgarner was shelved after sustaining a serious shoulder injury in a dirt bike accident, Johnny Cueto couldn’t shake a cluster of blisters on his right hand and Mark Melancon found it difficult to justify a $62 million paycheck after pitching through an arm injury to four blown losses/saves and a 4.50 ERA. It would be a lot for any pitching coach to stay on top of, and given the team’s rapid descent from 2016 postseason contenders to last-place finishers in 2017, it’s not surprising that Evans felt the need to switch things up.

Successors have yet to be named for Righetti, Gardner or Decker, though Murray hears that the Giants could have interest in former major league pitching coach Jim Hickey. NBC Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic adds that Evans is searching for someone to “put a new voice” on the pitching staff and will likely target someone who, like Righetti, brings considerable experience to the role.