Lenny Dykstra, Tom Edens and Roger McDowell for Juan Samuel
|Date: June 18, 1989|
|Team: Philadelphia Phillies|
|Sent: Lenny Dykstra, Tom Edens, Roger McDowell|
|Received: Juan Samuel|
The Mets and Phillies conducted a trade on Father's Day in 1989. The trio of Lenny Dykstra, Tom Edens and Roger McDowell were sent to Philadelphia for Juan Samuel. Dykstra was a hard-nosed center fielder and dependable leadoff hitter while McDowell had been a solid reliever for pennant-contending Mets teams over the previous four years. Edens was a pitcher who was new to the major leagues. Samuel was a converted center fielder after being the Phils' prime second baseman for six years.
Samuel did not last long with the Mets. He played in 86 games for the team over the remainder of the '89 season. He batted .228 with 31 stolen bases in his only half season in New York. Juan was dealt to the Dodgers the following December.
Dykstra provided for the Philadelphia team just what he did for the Mets. He served as an emotional leader at bat, on the bases and in the field. Lenny collected 829 hits and 169 stolen bases in eight seasons with the Phillies. In 1993, he led the National League in runs, hits and walks as the Phils won the pennant. McDowell had a 2.90 earned run average and 44 saves in 154 games for the Phillies. Edens completed the '89 season in the minor leagues and left the Phils' organization.