Len Dykstra hurls vile and unsubstantiated claims at Ron Darling, a judge, and the Mets

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Yesterday we reported that Len Dykstra’s defamation lawsuit against former teammate Ron Darling was dismissed, with the judge finding that Dykstra has such a poor reputation that it’s virtually impossible to libel him.

Today Randy Miller of NJ.com ran an interview he conducted with Dykstra yesterday that suggests, if anything, the judge understated things. And which contains statements that put Dykstra in a pretty prime position to be sued for defamation himself.

In the story, Dykstra claims, without any evidence whatsoever, that Ron Darling — who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and underwent surgery for it last year — “faked his cancer,” and that “the Wilpons knew all about it, and they’re in on it.” He claims has has “documented proof” of his claim, though provided none of it to Miller. Miller previously reported that Dykstra “had some dirt” on Darling, but this is the first time he has publicly accused Darling of faking his cancer diagnosis and treatment.

He went on:

“Anyways man  . . . I’m not [bleeped] up enough to know this: Ron Darling, Jeff and Fred Wilpon, their days are [bleeping] numbered because Ron Darling is guilty of pulling off the biggest fraud in the history of professional sports. And it’s ongoing! It’s ongoing!”

The interview took place over the phone, Miller reports, as Dykstra stood on the side of a Los Angeles freeway where the Uber in which he was riding had just been involved in an accident. Dykstra speculated that Darling and/or the Mets were involved in the accident, saying “Maybe they tried to have me iced.”

Dykstra further claimed that the judge who dismissed his defamation suit against Darling was bribed, saying “obviously the judge was bleeping paid off or something . . . I don’t give a bleep.”

It’s also worth noting that, before the interview, Dykstra tweeted about his former Phillies teammate Dale Murphy and Murphy’s son, who as we noted yesterday, was shot in the eye by police during a protest in Denver. Yesterday morning, in response to that news, Dykstra tweeted “F*** him and his loser kid.” Miller notes that Dykstra followed up on that yesterday afternoon, tweeting. “No children of Lenny Dykstra have had issues with police resulting from being part of an Antifa mob,” “We Dykstras have proper respect for the men in blue.”

Miller helpfully notes that Dykstra has served considerable time in prison.

As noted, Dykstra it has been determined, as a matter of law, that Dykstra’s reputation is so utterly sullied that he is unable to be defamed. The same, however, would certainly not be found if Ron Darling, the Wilpons, the judge who dismissed Darling’s case, and/or Dale Murphy’s son wanted to sue him.

And, from where I’m sitting, they’d each have very good cases if they decided to go that route.


Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.