Al Leiter, New York Yankees analyst
Now in his 10th year with YES, former major league pitcher Al Leiter is a highly regarded color commentator who provides viewers with insight gained from his 19 years as an MLB player. He received a New York Emmy Award nomination for his Yankees analyst work at YES, and has been nominated for three National Emmy Awards as a studio analyst for the MLB Network, Prior to signing with YES in the spring of 2006, Leiter had worked as a post-season game analyst for FOX Sports and ESPN.
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Leiter is a native of Bayville, N.J. While in high school there, he was a baseball All-American and in appeared in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" after striking out 32 batters in 14.1 innings in a game. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in 1984 and made his major league debut with the team in September 1987. Throughout his career, he played for the Yankees, 1987-89, and 2005; Toronto Blue Jays, 1989-95; Florida Marlins, 1996-97, and 2005; and New York Mets, 1998-2004.
A day after the Yankees acquired him from the Marlins in July of 2005, Leiter took the mound and got the win in a 5-3 victory over Boston. He picked up four wins for the Yankees during the second half of the 2005 season and made a team-high four appearances in the 2005 Division Series against the Angels, going 1-0.
He won World Series rings with the Blue Jays (1993) and the Marlins (2000). Over his career, he went 162-132 and sported a lifetime ERA of 3.80. He was named a National League All-Star in 1996 and 2000 and was the first pitcher to earn a victory against all 30 major league teams. On May 11, 1996, Leiter threw a no-hitter for the Marlins against the Rockies. It was the first no-hitter by a Marlins pitcher in franchise history.
Leiter has been extremely active with and has received numerous awards for his charitable work throughout his career in and after baseball. He has given more than $1.5 million since 1996 to various children-related charities in the New York area and in south Florida. Leiter was the recipient of the Branch Rickey Award in 1999, the Roberto Clemente Award in 2000, and the Bart Giamatti Award in 2002, all demonstrating his tremendous commitment to community.
In 2002, he was appointed to the board of directors of the Twin Towers Fund in New York City. Leiter was named the March of Dimes Sportsman of the Year in 2003 and the John V. Mara Sportsman of the Year in 2004 (by the Catholic Youth Organization). In October of 2008, Leiter was honored with the "Breakthrough Spirit Award" at The Children's Cancer and Blood Foundation gala in New York. In January 2012, Leiter was inducted into the New Jersey Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame.
He was also appointed in 2010 by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to the New Jersey Hall of Fame Advisory Commission, and Governor Christie also placed Leiter on the board of the New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund in 2012.
Leiter also created and runs Leiters Landing, a charitable organization committed to the betterment of youth through education, health care and social and community service which also serves as a fundraising arm to assist other children's charities.
He was master of ceremonies at New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's first induction ceremony at City Hall in 2002.