Lenny Dykstra pathetically claims he blackmailed umpires when he played

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Much like a hearsay statement during a trial, I am not offering this utterance for the truth of the matter asserted therein, but rather, to simply note that it was a thing that was said. And, for that matter, to ask whether or not we should be surprised.

The statement: Lenny Dykstra’s claim on Colin Cowherd’s show today that he hired private investigators to follow umpires around back in the 80s and 90s and then blackmailed the umpires with the information he obtained in order to get favorable ball and strike calls:

“Their blood’s just as red as ours. Some of them like women, some of them like men, some of them gamble…” As a result, the ex-ballplayer said, umpires sometimes called balls instead of strikes. “Fear does a lot to a man,” he said.

“You don’t think it was a coincidence that I lead the league in walks the two years, was it?,” he asked.

No, it was because you had a good batting eye, Lenny. See, despite all of the awful, criminal and/or sleazy things you have done, some of us still remember you as a dang good ballplayer. It’s sad that that’s not what most people think of now when they think of you, but I suppose you brought it in yourself.

In other news, Dykstra’s claim is pretty laughable. I give it a 99% chance of being totally phony and only reserve that 1% because of the impossibility of actually knowing what’s in the mind of another person for absolute certain. I also wonder why, if Colin Cowherd works for MLB rightsholder Fox, he can’t get a better quality of baseball guest for his show.

Here’s the video:

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”