Mets’ Old-Timers’ Day roster might be missing Lenny Dykstra


The Mets are planning an old-school gathering this summer time that won’t embrace a fan favourite.

Because the crew prepares to host Previous-Timers’ Day on Aug. 27 — the primary time the Mets will maintain the occasion since 1994 — former outfielder Lenny Dykstra’s potential inclusion stays murky at greatest.

Dykstra could not obtain an invite due to “numerous points,” in keeping with a membership supply, who declined to supply specifics.

Dykstra, a key part of the Mets’ final World Sequence-winning crew in 1986, has encountered post-career troubles with funds and the legislation — along with being accused of creating derogatory feedback towards blacks, ladies and homosexuals. Lately Dykstra has feuded publicly with former teammate Ron Darling, who stays a preferred fixture within the SNY sales space. Dysktra’s presence might make for an uncomfortable surroundings, as Darling is anticipated to take part within the occasion.

The listing of invitees consists of Yoenis Cespedes, who abruptly left the crew in 2020 in a dispute over taking part in time. Cespedes hasn’t performed a significant league recreation since then.

Greater than 40 former Mets are anticipated to attend — and lots of the crew’s previous stars weren’t included on the preliminary press launch, because the Mets plan to announce additional individuals sooner or later to construct up curiosity within the occasion. However Mike Piazza introduced on Twitter his intention to attend, joking that “the coaching room goes to be crowded.”

Lenny Dykstra could not obtain an invitation to the upcoming Mets’ Previous-Timers’ Day.
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New York Mets Mike Piazza coaches from the dugout during the game a
Mike Piazza is planning to attend Mets Previous Timers’ Day.
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The crew launched a preliminary listing of attendees Tuesday that included 92-year-old Frank Thomas, Ron Swoboda, Jon Matlack, Felix Millan, Mookie Wilson, Howard Johnson, Bob Ojeda, Robin Ventura, Turk Wendell, Endy Chavez, Cliff Floyd and Daniel Murphy.

Introductions will start at 5 p.m., two-plus hours earlier than the primary pitch between the Mets and Rockies. The Previous Timers will play a brief recreation after they’re launched.

The return of Previous-Timers’ Day is the Mets’ newest foray into honoring the franchise’s historical past. Already this yr the Mets had unveiled plans to retire Keith Hernandez’s No. 17 on July 9.

Ventura, Floyd and Murphy all appeared on a Zoom name to advertise Previous-Timers’ Day. For Murphy, the Mets’ hero through the crew’s 2015 run to the World Sequence, it will likely be a primary journey again to Citi Discipline since asserting his retirement earlier than final season. Murphy, who turns 37 in April, may be the youngest of the Previous Timers.

“I’m very excited to return again,” Murphy mentioned. “I see myself as a Met simply due to the years that we spent there, arising by the system and the relationships that I constructed within the minor league system. Jeurys Familia and Juan Lagares and I got here up with these guys and after I consider David [Wright], I noticed David as a lot as I might. He taught me a lot about baseball and what it was prefer to be knowledgeable and he would at all times speak about Cliff [Floyd], so yeah, Queens has a particular place in my coronary heart.”

Ventura, an assistant coach at his alma mater Oklahoma State, was a consideration for the Mets’ managerial opening following the 2017 season, however withdrew his title earlier than interviewing. However Ventura, who’s greatest identified with the Mets for his “grand slam single” in Sport 5 of the 1999 NLCS towards the Braves — his walk-off homer was dominated a single after he was tackled by teammates rounding first base — indicated he wouldn’t be shocked if he finally returns to the main leagues in some capability.

“I used to be simply into doing one thing else,” mentioned Ventura, who had beforehand managed the White Sox. “At the moment it was only a good time to step away. I had some household stuff I wanted to deal with and that was actually the most important situation for me. That type of took priority over taking interviews or doing something like that. It’s nothing towards the Mets.”

“Finally, you type of get drawn again in to main league baseball a technique or one other, you probably have performed it lengthy sufficient,” Ventura mentioned. “I really like what I’m doing proper now, however there may be nothing saying that down the street, it doesn’t need to be a supervisor or anything, that’s type of what you already know and we will do totally different hobbies of various issues, however that is what we all know.”

Floyd, a key contributor to the Mets’ 2006 crew that reached the NLCS, mentioned he had been receiving textual content messages about probably going deep within the Previous-Timers’ recreation. He recalled his Mets tenure as a time during which he confirmed he might deal with the most important of levels.

“New York, the followers, there’s something about how … they know what you’re about, whether or not you’re actual or faux, they will pull that faux out fairly simply,” Floyd mentioned. “You come to New York and play, it’s worthwhile to step your thoughts up, step your recreation up.”



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