MAJOR LEAGUE SERVICE: 14 Years, 67 Days
SIGNED BY: Joe DiCarlo (New York Yankees)
HOW OBTAINED: Acquired from the Florida Marlins, along with
in-fielder Ralph Milliard, in exchange for lefthanded pitcher Jesus Sanchez, minor league righthanded pitcher AJ Burnett and minor
league outfielder Robert Stratton on February 6, 1998.
CONTRACT STATUS: Signed through 2004.
FAMILY: Wife, Lori; Daughters, Lindsay Brooke (3/15/95) and Carly
Jayne (12/29/96); Son, Jack Thomas (4/21/00).
A member of three World Championship teams; Toronto (1992, 1993) and Florida (1997) ... Tossed the first no-hitter in Florida Marlins history on May 11, 1996 vs. Colorado ... Received the Branch Rickey Award in 1999 ... Was the recipient of the 2000 Roberto Clemente Award ... Was selected to the National League All-Star team in 1996 and 2000 ... Was the National League's Pitcher of the Month twice (June, 1999 and June, 2000) ... Was honored as the NL's Player of the Week once (May, 1996) ... Was named to The Sporting News' National League All-Star squad in 1996 ... With his wife Lori, established Leiters Landing, a charitable organization to help children in need.
2003Completed his sixth season as a member of the New York Mets...He holds the second longest running term of service behind John Franco's 14 seasons.
Opened the year with two straight victories, April 2nd vs. Chicago and April 8th vs. Florida...The last time he won his first two starts of the season was in 1997.
Began the year with a 3-0 record over his first five starts...The last time he accomplished the feat was in 2000, when he started the year 5-0.
Made his 300th career start, but was not involved in the decision, a 6-3 Mets win over the Marlins on April 18th...Struck out nine batters in the contest and walked only two.
Over his first eight starts of the season he compiled a 3.26 ERA...Allowed 18 earned runs over his first 49.2 innings pitched.
Was on the Disabled List from July 7th (retroactive to June 30th) to July 20th, with inflammation of his right knee.
After coming off the D.L., he finished the season with a 7-4 record and a 2.15 ERA (20 earned runs, 83.2 innings pitched) with 68
strikeouts in 13 starts.
Won three consecutive starts, from July 25th-August 5th...Over those three starts, he allowed just one earned run in 20.0 innings pitched (0.45 ERA).
Went 5-0 with a 0.25 ERA (one earned run in 36.0 innings) at Shea after the All-Star Break.
Constructed a 17.0 scoreless inning streak that spanned from July 20th-August 5th.
Struck out a season-high 10 batters, in a 6-4 victory over the Rockies on August 17th...The last time he struck out 10 or more batters came on August 23, 2000 at San Diego, when he struck out 12.
Over his final two starts of the year he comprised a 1.13 ERA (two earned runs, 16.0 innings pitched).
In his last start of the year he hurled a complete-game shutout to defeat the Pirates, 1-0, at Shea Stadium...The last time he had a
complete-game shutout was on September 11, 2002 at Atlanta in the night game of a day/night doubleheader...It was Albs 10th career complete game shutout.
The Mets went 18-12 in Al's 30 starts.
Pitched 6.0 innings or more in 23 of his 30 starts.
Allowed three runs or less in 22 of his 30 starts.
Surrendered a career-high 10 earned runs, in a 11-3 loss, at San Francisco on May 15th...His previous high was eight earned runs, which he allowed three times over his career, the last coming on October 5, 2001 in a 8-6 loss to the Expos.
Tied his shortest regular season outing with the Mets with his 2.0 inning performance on June 8th...Also worked 2.0 innings on September 1, 2002 vs. Philadelphia.
Leiters Landing Foundation donated $1,000 for each one of Al's victories this season, totaling to $15,000, to the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, Inc., an organization which finances scholarship bonds for children of servicemen and federal agents killed in the line of duty...The Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation takes care of all four branches of the armed service, the Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force involved in the conflict in Iraq...Leiter requested that his contribution to go to families from the Tri-State Area.
Donated $10,000 to the "Al Leiter Little League of Oyster Bay, N.Y." which began its inaugural season this past April...The money
donated went towards equipment and uniforms for the little league.