Lenny Dykstra: live from rehab

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We always highlight gonzo Lenny Dykstra stories, so it’s only fair that we likewise highlight Dykstra in a more subdued setting when he actually sounds lucid and — dare I say it? — responsible.

Nancy Dillon of The New York Daily News visited Nails at the Los Angeles rehab center he currently calls home.  In the interview Dykstra seems to be fairly aware of just how much he screwed up his life:

“The way I lived my life helped me in baseball. But when you’re spending $28,000 for a bottle of wine and liking it? Nothing was ever enough,” he said, shaking his head. “The punishment gods said, ‘You know what we’re going to do? We’re going to put you in f—ing jail. We’re going to put you in the cooler because you have to pay for some things.’”

He’s getting sentenced in January on his grand theft auto plea.  He’s gonna do some time.  But he’s going to have some sort of life after that too, so here’s hoping that what he seems to be grokking now is something that will help him with that life later.

Texas Rangers fire manager Jeff Banister

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The Texas Rangers just announced that they have fired Jeff Banister as the team’s manager. Bench coach Don Wakamatsu has been named interim manager for the remainder of 2018 season.

Banister was in the last year of his contract with the club, but there was an option for 2019. Rangers brass, obviously, has decided to go in a different direction following what will be the club’s worst finish in Banister’s tenure. At the moment the Rangers are 64-88 and are assured of last place in the AL West.

Banister was hired before the 2015 season and led the Rangers to first place finishes in each of his first two seasons. The club fell to a disappointing third place and a 78-84 record last season, however, and this season the descent has continued. Injuries and under achievement has been the order of the day for the past two years and, with the career of Adrian Beltre nearing its end and the Rangers having been passed up by the Astros as the class of the division, a rebuild is in the club’s future.

Banister ends his reign as the Rangers’ skipper with a record of 325-313.