Jim Leyritz
American baseball player
Jim Leyritz
James Joseph Leyritz is a former catcher and infielder in Major League Baseball (MLB). In his MLB career, Leyritz played for the New York Yankees, Anaheim Angels, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres, and Los Angeles Dodgers. With the Yankees, Leyritz was a member of the 1996 and 1999 World Series champions, both against the Atlanta Braves.
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Mariano Rivera's First Post-Season Appearance Was Long but Typical
Bleacher Report - over 4 years
Ken Griffey Jr. had just hit a home run in the top of the 12th inning off John Wettland to give the Seattle Mariners a 5-4 lead. When Edgar Martinez singled, New York Yankees' manager Buck Showalter had seen enough. Mariano Rivera made his first appearance in post-season play. The date was Oct. 4, 1995. Rivera struck out Jay Buhner. Jeff Nelson struck out Randy Velarde for the first out in the Yankees' half of the 12th inning, but he walked Wade Boggs. Jorge Posada (that's not a typographical error) ran for Boggs. Tim Belcher took over for Nelson to face Bernie Williams. Belcher walked Williams but retired Paul O'Neill for the second out. The batter was Ruben Sierra. Posada and Williams took their leads, Belcher delivered and Sierra doubled to left to tie the game, but Williams was thrown out at home to end the inning. Rivera went to the mound to start his first full inning of playoff baseball. He retired Doug Strange, Tino Martinez and Alex Diaz in order. The Yankees failed ...
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Former New York Yankee Great Jim Leyritz Will Be At A Penn Station Bookstore Next Thursday [Jim Leyritz]
Deadsping - almost 5 years
Here's something: A bookstore in the commuter centrifuge that is Penn Station will host a Jim Leyritz book signing event for a book—Catching Heat—that came out almost a year ago. More »
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David Bogenschutz and Ex-Broward Judge Ana Gardiner Possibly Engaged ... - Broward-Palm Beach New Times (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
According to GossipExtra's Jose Lambiet, David Bogenschutz -- the Fort Lauderdale defense attorney who's defended several local high-profile clients, like former New York Yankees star Jim Leyritz, former Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne,
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Pitbull's paternity payout: Ka-ching! - MiamiHerald.com
Google News - over 5 years
No comments from Gardiner nor Bogenschutz, who has repped the likes of corrupt ex-Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne and ex-Yankee slugger Jim Leyritz. But records show Bogenschutz was granted a divorce from former law partner Mary McCleary in October
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Gene Michael Celebrity Golf Classic in Florham Park scheduled for Monday - The Jersey Journal - NJ.com
Google News - over 5 years
Among the 36 celebrities slated to attend are former Major Leaguers Yogi Berra, Tommy John, Jim Leyritz, Graig Nettles, Jack Fisher and Steve Braun, former NFLers Karl Nelson and Bob Tucker and TV and movie star Tony LoBianco
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Barbaric Yawps Sounded Over Roofs as Writers Win - East Hampton Star
Google News - over 5 years
“First, they jumped out to that big lead, they had a New York Yankee [Jim Leyritz, a hero of the Yankees' 1996 World Series win] in their lineup, and a college all-American.” When asked about this last allegation, Baer said he had played club baseball
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Jim Leyritz claims no association with Newark Bears alcohol promotion - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
Google News - over 5 years
By Steve Politi/Star-Ledger Columnist Jerry McCrea/The Star-LedgerJim Leyritz says he was not involved in a beer pong tournament on a night he will be honored by the team. Leyritz said he was not consulted before the Newark Bears sent out a press ... - -
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MLB Power Rankings: The 16 Craziest Arrests in MLB History - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
New York Yankees playoff hero Jim Leyritz was arrested in 2007 on charges of DUI and vehicular manslaughter after his car struck another vehicle, killing the driver. While his BAC after the crash registered at 0.14, the victim—who was returning home
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Artists and Writers Game More About Just Celebrity Softball - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
This year Alec Baldwin, Chevy Chase, Mercedes Ruehl, Christie Brinkley, sportswriter Mike Lupica and former baseball professional, Jim Leyritz are just a few of the players slated to take to the field. The games started in 1948 as a summer Sunday game
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Top 10 Jorge Posada Moments - Bleeding Yankee Blue (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Jorge has been with the Yankee organization since May 24, 1991, making his major league debut on September 4, 1995, as a defensive replacement for catcher Jim Leyritz (no at-bats) in a 13-3 Yankee win over the Seattle Mariners at the old Yankee Stadium
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Artists vs. Writers Annual Charity Softball Game - East Hampton - About - Cities & Towns
Google News - over 5 years
On the Writers side, team members include Ken Auletta, Mike Lupica, Josh Charles, Carl Bernstein, Mort Zuckerman, Richard Reeves, Jim Leyritz, Rod Gilbert, Mark Weinstein, Gail Sheehy, Mark Green, Lawrence O'Donnell, Roger Rosenblatt, Richard Wiese and
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Series Preview - New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox - Over The Monster
Google News - over 5 years
It was previously reported the year was 1998 but Jay Jaffe sniffed out the error, pointing out the 1998 Yankees traded for Jim Leyritz at the deadline. Clearly that's what put that 125 win team over the top, Sylvester Stalone style
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No, Really: Jesus (Montero) Is Coming - Pinstriped Bible
Google News - over 5 years
It's been reported elsewhere that this was the first time since 1999 that the Yankees stood pat, but that's flat-out wrong; they reacquired Jim Leyritz on July 31 that year, a fact I won't forget because I was at Yankee Stadium to see him homer in the
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'Bear' of a Fundraiser for Hillsborough Family - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
In addition, game attendees will be able to meet the Bears' coaches, former major league player Tim Raines and Yankees catcher Jim Leyritz. The support — which is also reflected by the Progins' Players fundraising group, and other fundraisers
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Top Midland baseball club promotes Madeira's Benintendi - Cincinnati.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
... David and Mike Bell, Ken Griffey Jr., Barry Larkin, Adam Hyzdu (all Moeller), Todd Benzinger (New Richmond), Jim Leyritz (Turpin), Jayhawk Owens (Glen Este), Mark Lewis (Hamilton), Roger McDowell (Colerain) and Scott Munninghoff (Purcell)
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New York Yankees: Grading the Bombers Recent Deals at the Trading Deadline - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
On June 20, the Dodgers traded Jose Vizcaino for Jim Leyritz. On June 29: the Indians traded David Justice for Zach Day, Ricky Ledee and Jake Westbrook. On July 12, the Reds traded Denny Neagle and Mike Frank for Jackson Melian, Drew Henson,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jim Leyritz
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    As of March, 2015, Leyritz lives in Orange County, California, with his 3 boys, new fiance Michelle, and her two daughters.
    More Details Hide Details They plan on marrying in July 2015. He is a member and usher at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.
  • 2014
    January 6, 2014, Jim was hired to host a radio show for Angels Radio 830AM with Jason Brennan called "Inside The Game" with Leyritz and Brennan.
    More Details Hide Details The show was later postponed due to a conflict with ESPN radio.
  • 2012
    On April 14, 2012, it was announced that Leyritz was returning to the Yankees on a personal services contract.
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  • 2011
    Leyritz wrote a book titled Catching Heat: The Jim Leyritz Story, published in June 2011.
    More Details Hide Details The book was co-written by brothers Jeffrey Lyons and Douglas B. Lyons. In a brief review, Publishers Weekly called the book "a surprisingly defensive attempt at a self-serving memoir."
    In February 2011, Leyritz was hired as a pitching coach for the Newark Bears.
    More Details Hide Details He left the team after one season, wanting to spend more time with his family.
  • 2010
    Leyritz is involved in with many charities. He is on the board of The Greatest Save/Kindervision Foundation which is designed to 'shut out' child predators. He also works with many chapters of ALS, a disease he lost his brother-in-law, Joe Toerner, to in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details During his playing days, Leyritz and his wife brought foster children to see games at Yankee Stadium and contributed to Covenant House and Police Benevolent Association. 2004-2007 Leyritz co-hosted a radio show with Vinny Micucci and Billy Sample called MLB Radio Daily on MLB Radio and is a regular contributor to The Michael Kay Show on the New York City ESPN Radio affiliate. In October 2007, Jim worked with Harold Reynolds and Chris Myers covering the pre- and post-game reports on the field for the 2007 Playoffs and World Series for Fox.com.
    In May 2010, Leyritz's insurance company settled a civil lawsuit for the accident, paying $350,000 to the other driver's family.
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    In November 2010, Leyritz's trial for the December 2007 DUI crash was held.
    More Details Hide Details He was acquitted on the DUI Manslaughter charge by a jury in less than 45 minutes, but was convicted, after 2 days of deliberations, by the jury on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence, which carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail. He was subsequently sentenced to one year's probation and a $500 fine.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    On July 2, 2009, Leyritz was arrested for battery against his former wife, however the charges were later dropped.
    More Details Hide Details Leyritz chose not to press charges on his former wife for filing false charges.
    On May 13, 2009, Leyritz was hospitalized in Florida.
    More Details Hide Details Reports on ESPN claimed Leyritz had threatened suicide, but Leyritz issued a statement later saying he was not suicidal but stressed out. Leyritz ran into trouble on May 14 when he attempted to start his car but the alcohol monitoring device on the car malfunctioned, leading to a false positive and triggering an automatic urine test for Leyritz. The test showed he had not consumed any alcohol and a judge cleared him.
    On February 13, 2009, Leyritz was ordered back to jail as his bail was revoked following his apparent consumption of alcoholic beverages in violation with his bail conditions.
    More Details Hide Details A judge allowed him to return home on bail on February 23 after agreeing with Leyritz's attorney that his pretrial release conditions were unclear and that Leyritz had misunderstood rather than intentionally violated the terms.
  • 2007
    On December 28, 2007, Leyritz was arrested in Broward County, Florida on suspicion of drunk driving and vehicular homicide in which Leyritz's car struck Freida Veitch's car.
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    On June 20, 2007, Leyritz was ticketed outside Albany, New York for using a cell phone while driving.
    More Details Hide Details On November 23, his license was suspended after he failed to appear in court. The state of Florida is processing the suspension notice from New York and could file additional charges once his Florida license is suspended. According to an official from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles: "The department has the statutory ability to suspend his license based on the fact he had knowledge of a suspension in another state and still came to Florida for a driver's license. It is unlawful." Leyritz's lawyer is quoted as saying that Leyritz's license "was not suspended in the state of Florida on the day of the accident, nor is it suspended today."
  • 2006
    On June 8, 2006, while doing an interview on the Opie and Anthony show on XM Satellite Radio, Leyritz admitted to using amphetamines while playing when they weren't against the rules.
    More Details Hide Details The statement came in the wake of an admission by pitcher Jason Grimsley that he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Leyritz served as a pinch-hitter more extensively toward the end of his career. He batted and threw right-handed exclusively in the majors, but was known to switch-hit in the minor leagues. Leyritz is also known for hitting the last home run of the 1990s, in Game 4 of the 1999 World Series.
    More Details Hide Details Leyritz was known for using an unusual stance which involved keeping his front leg (left leg) straight and stiff while his back leg (right leg) behind him considerably bent at the knee. He did this while circling his bat around behind his head, waiting for the pitch. After each pitch that Leyritz did not put into play or strike out on, he would grab the bat by its center and twirl it at his hip like a baton. He has said that former Yankee Mickey Rivers taught him how to twirl the bat at his hip. Leyritz was also Andy Pettitte's personal catcher in 1995-96 and again in 1999-2000. Leyritz is best known for hitting numerous postseason home runs that either won, tied, or changed the momentum of several series. In Game 2 of the 1995 American League Division Series against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium, Leyritz hit an opposite field two-run home run to right-center into the rain in the 15th inning to win that game 7–5 for the Yankees and provided them with an ample 2–0 series lead in the best-of-five series. The home run came off Mariners pitcher Tim Belcher, who was famously involved in a profanity-laced and threatening incident with a cameraman covering him walking through the Yankee Stadium tunnel after giving up the home run. The Yankees would eventually squander the series lead by losing the following three games in Seattle's Kingdome, the final two of which were decided in highly dramatic fashion. (The Mariners won Game 5 by a score of 6–5 with two runs in the bottom of the 11th inning.)
    On July 31, 1999, the Padres traded Leyritz to the Yankees for Geraldo Padua.
    More Details Hide Details He hit another World Series home run, this time, a solo home run in game 4, that provided the Yankees with an insurance run to help complete a sweep of the Atlanta Braves. On June 20, 2000, the Yankees traded Leyritz to the Los Angeles Dodgers for José Vizcaíno and cash.
  • 1998
    With the Padres, Leyritz appeared in the 1998 World Series against the Yankees.
    More Details Hide Details During player introductions in Game 1 at Yankee Stadium where the opposing team is usually booed, Leyritz received a standing ovation from the fans who remembered his heroics from two years earlier. He went hitless in ten at bats in a four-game Yankees sweep.
    On June 20, 1998, the Red Sox traded Leyritz with Ethan Faggett to the San Diego Padres for Carlos Reyes, Mandy Romero and Darío Veras.
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  • 1997
    On July 29, 1997, the Angels traded Leyritz and a PTBNL (minor leaguer Rob Sasser) to the Texas Rangers for Ken Hill.
    More Details Hide Details After the season, the Rangers traded Leyritz to the Boston Red Sox with Damon Buford for Mark Brandenburg, Bill Haselman and Aaron Sele.
  • 1996
    After the 1996 season, the Yankees traded Leyritz to the Anaheim Angels for two players to be named later (PTBNL): minor leaguers Jeremy Blevins and Ryan Kane.
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    The following year he hit a home run off Atlanta Braves closer Mark Wohlers in Game 4 of the 1996 World Series.
    More Details Hide Details That home run was significant, as the Yankees were down 2-1 in the series and had trailed 6-0 early in Game 4, facing a possible 3-1 deficit, the Yankees rallied and Leyritz' home run tied the score 6-6. They eventually won game 4, tying the series at two games apiece and won the next two games to win the World Series. The home run has since become a part of Yankees lore.
    With the Yankees, Leyritz was a member of the 1996 and 1999 World Series championships, both against the Atlanta Braves.
    More Details Hide Details Leyritz grew up in Anderson Township, Hamilton County, Ohio with his parents, brother, and sister, and attended Turpin High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He then attended Middle Georgia College, a junior college in Cochran, Georgia, before transferring to the University of Kentucky. At Kentucky, Leyritz played college baseball for the Kentucky Wildcats baseball team.
  • 1995
    His playing days were highlighted by a pair of walk off postseason home runs he hit with the Yankees in 1995 & 1996.
    More Details Hide Details He hit a walk off home run in the 15th inning of game 2 of the newly created American League Division Series against the Seattle Mariners, giving the Yankees a 2-0 series lead. However, the Yankees lost the next three games in Seattle and were eliminated.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1985
    After playing the 1985 season for the Kentucky Wildcats, Leyritz went undrafted by Major League Baseball, but was signed as a free agent by the New York Yankees.
    More Details Hide Details Leyritz made his MLB debut for the Yankees on June 8,.
  • OTHER
  • 1963
    Born on December 27, 1963.
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