LIVINGSTON, NJ — Lenny Dykstra, the embattled former New York Mets outfielder who once served jail time, is moving to Livingston, according to several published reports.
Dykstra, whose legal and financial woes have been as well-documented in recent years as his exploits with the World Champion 1986 Mets were a generation ago, recently lived in Linden, Union County, where he had run-ins with both his neighbors and the law.
As a player, Dykstra was an integral member of the Mets' championship team in 1986, hitting a game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the Houston Astros. The Mets traded him to the Phillies in 1989, and, four years later, on a Phillies' team that won the National League pennant in 1993, Dykstra led the National League in runs scored and finished second to Barry Bonds in the MVP voting that season.
Dykstra finished his career with a .285 batting average in 1,278 total games.
Linden-area Realtor Rachel Milito posted on Instagram on Monday that the house in which Dykstra had lived for the last two years on Stockton Circle had been sold.
Dykstra was indicted by a New Jersey grand jury in 2018 on three third-degree charges: possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine and making terroristic threats. Dykstra allegedly held a gun to the head of an Uber driver earlier last year.
Dykstra served more than a year of jail time beginning in 2012 after pleading no contest to charges that included grand theft auto. He also was named in the Mitchell Report, a 21-month investigation by former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell into steroid use in Major League Baseball that was released in 2007. Dykstra admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs in several media interviews.