37 Facts About Al Leiter


Alois Terry Leiter is an American former professional baseball player and current television sports commentator.

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Al Leiter played in Major League Baseball as a left-handed pitcher from 1987 to 2005 for the New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Florida Marlins and New York Mets.

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Two-time National League All-Star player, Al Leiter pitched for three World Series winning teams and threw a no-hitter in 1996 during his tenure with the Marlins.

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In 2000, Al Leiter was named the recipient of the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award.

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Al Leiter was raised in a baseball-oriented family; all five of his brothers played the game.

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Al Leiter was selected for the Wilson First Team All-American team.

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Al Leiter was drafted by New York Yankees in 1984 MLB draft as a second round pick.

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Al Leiter has mentioned on a YES Network broadcast that early in his career with the Yankees, manager Billy Martin walked up to him and asked him why he was lifting weights.

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Al Leiter pitched in fewer than 20 innings for the Blue Jays from 1989 to 1992, because of the surgery, a pinched nerve in his elbow, tendinitis, and another arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder.

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Al Leiter was able to overcome the blisters problem with an exotic liniment, and was still seen as a very promising prospect.

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Al Leiter finally got over his injury troubles in 1993, making 32 appearances for the Blue Jays.

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Al Leiter pitched effectively for the Blue Jays for the next two seasons before departing via free agency in 1996.

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In 1997, Al Leiter won another World Series as the Marlins beat the Cleveland Indians.

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Al Leiter started Game 7 for the Marlins, pitching 6 innings and giving up two earned runs while being credited with a no decision.

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In 1999, when the Mets were tied with the Cincinnati Reds for the National League Wild Card spot after 162 games, Al Leiter was the Mets starting pitcher in the "winner take all" one game playoff at Cinergy Field in Cincinnati.

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Al Leiter started Game 1 of the 2000 World Series at Yankee Stadium and Game 5 at Shea Stadium.

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Al Leiter was booed by Yankee fans when presented that year's Roberto Clemente Award prior to Game 2 of the World Series.

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Al Leiter was the second New York Met to be honored with the award.

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Al Leiter was the Mets Opening Day starting pitcher in 1999,2001, and 2002.

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On July 15,2005, Al Leiter was acquired by the New York Yankees, who had four starting pitchers on the disabled list, for a player to be named later.

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Al Leiter's first start as a Yankee since April 26,1989, came on July 17,2005, against the division-leading Boston Red Sox.

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Al Leiter worked out of the bullpen in the 2005 American League Division Series pitching in four of the five games between the Yankees and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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Al Leiter signed a minor league contract with the Yankees in 2006; however, he stated he would likely retire.

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Al Leiter has worked in the television broadcast booth for Fox during the playoffs for several seasons, mainly to provide in-depth analysis of various pitchers.

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Al Leiter worked as an analyst alongside Thom Brennaman and Steve Lyons.

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The following year, Al Leiter was in the booth with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver for the Boston Red Sox Vs NY Yankees in the ALCS.

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Since 2006, Al Leiter has worked as a color commentator and a studio analyst for the YES Network.

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Al Leiter won a NY Emmy in 2007 for the "Manny game" in Boston.

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In 2009, Al Leiter was hired by MLB Network and appeared on the very first show the Network produced on January 1,2009.

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Al Leiter became a studio analyst for MLB Network in addition to his commentating job for the YES Network.

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Al Leiter worked select games for the Miami Marlins on Fox Sports Florida in 2016.

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Al Leiter will focus on scouting and player development with an emphasis on mental preparation for pitchers, working with players at every level of the organization, from newly drafted players to Major Leaguers.

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Al Leiter has won nearly every philanthropic award MLB offers, including the 2000 Roberto Clemente Award.

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Al Leiter has expressed interest in running for political office as a Republican in his home state of New Jersey.

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Al Leiter served as a member of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's transition team.

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Al Leiter was appointed as a member to the New Jersey Sports, Gaming, and Entertainment Committee.

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Al Leiter has donated thousands of dollars to GOP candidates, including Donald Trump, David Perdue, Kelly Loeffler, Lindsey Graham, Chris Christie, and Rudy Giuliani.

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