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Report: Lenny Dykstra accused of stealing from and trashing a Hamptons hotel

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Page Six is reporting that former Mets and Phillies star Lenny Dykstra is being accused of stealing from and trashing a Hamptons hotel last weekend. He allegedly tried to steal towels, bedsheets, and a receptionist’s sunglasses. The theft of the sunglasses was apparently caught on video.

Dykstra checked into Hotel ZE with a young brunette. According to owner Zach Erdem, one could smell marijuana smoke throughout the hotel. “At 3 a.m. Lenny called down, and my brother went to the room, knocked, and he was invited in by the girl who was fully naked.”

Erdem added, “When Lenny left, there were open bottles of vodka and Jack Daniel’s, stuff everywhere. The cleaner saw [drug baggies], she said it was the worst room she has seen. He left a suitcase and a bag behind and a note to ship them to his home. But there were no sheets, pillowcases and towels left in the room.”

Dykstra is denying the allegations. He said, “The stuff is still at the hotel. There was no maid service, towels and sheets were piling up, so I put it all in a laundry bag for them. I did them a favor and they call it stealing? This is ridiculous. Was I doing drugs? Absolutely not.”

Regarding the naked woman in his room, Dykstra said, “I might have had 10 women in the room, might have had 15, might have had 20. Actually, the only thing I had in that room was my [expletive] in my hand.”

Dykstra has had a less-than-stellar life post-baseball. He was sentenced to three years in prison in 2012 after pleading no contest to grand theft auto and providing a false financial statement. He’s been accused of vandalizing properties that were foreclosed. He has had numerous failed business ventures. He was arrested in 1999 for sexual harassment of a 17-year-old girl but the charges were dropped. His former housekeeper accused him of sexual assault in 2011. He has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows as well as podcasts on which he has repeatedly boasted about his sexual exploits.

Everything that has been said about the incident so far fits Dykstra’s character, so it’s very easy to believe. If Erdem plans to take Dykstra to court, we’ll get to see if the claims hold up.

Blue Jays shut down Steve Pearce for the rest of 2017

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The Blue Jays have shut down left fielder Steve Pearce for the remainder of the season following a lingering case of lower back stiffness. Pearce has not appeared in a game since September 8, when he was forced to exit in the first inning after experiencing back pain during his at-bat. Per Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca, he’s scheduled to return to Florida next week, where he’ll receive epidural injections to address the pain.

Pearce, 34, impressed in his first season with Toronto. He battled through a calf injury during the first half of the season and finished the year with a modest .252/.319/.438 batting line, 13 home runs and a .757 OPS through 348 PA. By September, the Blue Jays started testing the waters with outfield prospect Teoscar Hernandez, who shouldered the bulk of the starts in left field after Pearce was sidelined with back issues.

With the Blue Jays all but eliminated from playoff contention, however, there’s no rush to get Pearce back to the outfield. He should be in fine shape to compete for another starting role in spring, and could face stiff competition from Hernandez if the rookie continues building on his .278 average and three home runs this month. The veteran outfielder is slated to receive the remaining $6.25 million on his contract in 2018 and will be eligible for free agency in 2019.

Brewers’ Julio Mendez remains hospitalized after hit by pitch

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Brewers’ minor league infielder Julio Mendez remains in “critical but stable condition,” club GM David Stearns announced Friday. Back in August, Mendez suffered a cardiac event after he was inadvertently struck by a ball from the Angels’ Austin Krzeminksi during a game between the rookie-level affiliates. The 20-year-old was removed to a Phoenix-area hospital for treatment following the incident and has recently been transferred to a hospital in his native Venezuela.

Mendez was in his fourth season with the Brewers’ organization. He spent the majority of his 2017 run with the rookie-level AZL Brewers, slashing .255/.294/.355 with 10 extra-base hits, 16 RBI and four stolen bases over 119 plate appearances. He currently holds a career .241/.324/.309 batting line, 33 extra bases and a .633 OPS through 668 PA.

Baseball is still on the back burner, however, as Mendez appears to have made little progress nearly a month following the hit by pitch. Thoughts go out to his family during this difficult time.