Lenny Dykstra was lying through his teeth when he claimed he would blackmail MLB umpires into giving him favorable calls during his playing days ... this according to SEVERAL umps.
The drama unfolded Tuesday, when Dykstra went on "The Herd" and claimed he spent $500k on private investigators to spy on umps -- and used their secrets (including gay sex romps) as leverage to get calls during games, especially during the 1993 season.
But we spoke to 4 of the top umpires who worked in the Majors during that period who all say Lenny is out of his mind, period.
-- Greg Bonin (MLB umpire 1984 to 2001) "He's smoking something. He's full of sh*t. He always was, but now more than ever. I've never heard anything like that from an umpire. Never.
"I've heard a lot of funny stuff, but that's gotta be the funniest. Those drugs must've really messed his head up."
-- Larry Barnett (MLB umpire 1969 to 1999) "It's the stupidest thing I've ever heard. He should've saved the money, he probably could've used it now. I was in professional baseball for a long time and I never heard something so stupid. It's ludicrous."
-- Jerry Layne (MLB umpire 1989 to present) "Lenny Dykstra is out of his mind. "If you go back and look at every Lenny Dykstra at-bat something like that would stick out like a sore thumb."
"Think about it, how many times does a specific umpire come across Lenny Dykstra at the plate in a season? Put the math to it."
-- Paul Runge (MLB umpire 1973 to 1997) "As much as baseball keeps an eye on the umpires, something like this couldn't happen. And if someone came to an ump and said, 'if you don't shrink the strike zone, I'm gonna expose you.' I think they'd go right to MLB, and that player would be out of baseball in a flash."
RELAX ... forcing MLB rookies to wear dresses is no big deal -- despite criticism that it sends a bad message to kids -- so says ex-MLB star Nomar Garciaparra.
As we previously reported, the head of a powerful LGBT group is upset that several MLB teams forced their rookies to dress like women as part of a hazing ritual ... claiming it sends the message that the idea of men who wear dresses is something to be mocked.
But Nomar doesn't think it's a big deal at all -- telling TMZ Sports, "When it's fun and good taste it's all good."
He added, "I had to dress up ... that's all part of it."
For those about to rock Dodger Stadium -- know that the team's not about to let AC/DC headbangers screw up their run at the World Series by tearing up the field during Monday's show.
The Aussie rockers already left their mark on the Cubs' Wrigley Field. Manager Joe Maddon complained his infield got trashed after AC/DC's concert. So, with the band coming to L.A. ... a Dodger rep tells TMZ Sports they're taking no chances.
Instead of copying the Cubs -- who actually removed their turf and laid it down again -- the Blue Crew will leave the field as is. Their solution will be a special tarp placed over the entire playing surface.
We're told it worked like a charm when Sir Paul McCartney played the stadium last year ... so, team officials aren't too worried about AC/DC's fans.
Yogi Berra, a New York Yankees legend and one of the most beloved American sports stars in history, died Tuesday.
Yogi was an All-Star catcher for the Yankees from 1946 to 1963, and also played one year with the Mets before retiring as a player in 1965. He played in the Bronx alongside the likes of Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle ... earning a record TEN World Series rings.
Yogi also caught pitcher Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series.
He was just as famous for his quirky sayings, known as "Yogi-isms," as he was his Hall of Fame baseball career. Some of the best include:
- "Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical."
- "It gets late early out there."
- "If you come to a fork in the road, take it."
- "It's like deja vu all over again."
Miller played off Yogi's idioms for a popular 1987 beer commercial that happened to co-star a young Jason Alexander -- who, coincidentally, worked for the Yankees years later on "Seinfeld."
Yogi, whose birth name was Lawrence Peter, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and participated in the D-Day invasion. He started playing pro baseball when he got out of the service.
The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in NJ announced his death. Yogi was 90.
There's only one thing ex-President Jimmy Carter loves as much as his Atlanta Braves ... and that's hot mouthing his wife on a stadium jumbotron, baby!!
90-year-old JC was at Thursday night's Blue Jays-Braves game, and when the kiss cam landed on him and Rosalynn Carter -- there was no hesitation. The Carters -- who've been married for 69 years (hehe) -- locked lips like they were drunken 20-somethings again.
"Clueless" star Stacey Dashsays Curt Schillinghas the truth on his side, and ESPN was way outta line when it benched him for his controversial Muslim/Nazi tweet.
H/T BSO for pointing out Dash jumping to Schilling's defense. She tweeted that the worldwide leader actually owes the ex Red Sox ace an apology. As Dash put it ... "So, now we can't tweet things that are true?"