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Lenny Dykstra's Mouthpiece From Jail

It's a sad day for baseball.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are bankrupt.

Lenny Dykstra
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Lenny Dykstra

Lenny Dykstra still sits in the county jail, facing everything from grand theft auto to drug possession to fraud.

I blogged Friday that Dykstra has started tweeting, a difficult task considering the only mode of communication in lockup is a pay phone. Who was actually running his Twitter account?

This weekend, I heard from that person—Daniel Herman, who says he is Dykstra's business manager.

"Me and Charlie got together," Herman said, referring to Dykstra's "comrade in scandal," Charlie Sheen. The two told Dykstra he needs to get his story out via social media. It has certainly worked for Sheen, who hit one million followers in record time after being let go by CBS . "Lenny thinks there's all these conspiracies, all these forces against him," Herman said, and they convinced him that reaching out directly to the public might help.

Herman says either he or Dykstra's long-time assistant, Dorothy, communicate with the fallen Phillie via pay phone or during court appearances. That is when Dykstra finds out what people are saying on Twitter and then gives his instructions on how to reply. For example, Charlie Sheen welcomed Dykstra to Twitter on Friday, and later that afternoon Dykstra "tweeted": "Correct my fellow Vatican assassin! Now the Social Network Revaluation begins! No Walls of concrete can silence this Warlock."

I asked Herman if Dykstra actually said this, and under what circumstances. He says he spoke to Dykstra "at a transfer hearing" on Friday, told him about Sheen, and "Lenny gave me a reply and said, 'Put something Charlie-esque on it.'"

As I reported Friday, Dykstra's Twitter profileleads to a website, SaveLenny.com, where Dykstra is trying to raise $40,000-$50,000 cash to secure a $500,000 bail bond. Herman says they have already raised "several thousand dollars," and have collateral for the rest—a home put up by a fan.

As of this writing, Dykstra has over 5,000 followers, not quite in Sheen's league, but growing. His latest tweet: "'Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.'-General George S. Patton #MESSAGETOTHEPRESS"

Herman wrote that tweet, like the others, allegedly at Dykstra's request. The business manager calls himself a lifetime Phillies fan who saw "Nails" play in the World Series. "He didn't do this state charge thing," Herman tells me of the police case against Lenny Dykstra alleging fraud to lease cars and drug possession. As for the federal bankruptcy fraud charges, "that is a misunderstanding."

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