Al Leiter’s a former professional baseball left-handed pitcher who loves donating huge sums to children’s welfare programs. Among recent projects he sponsored was the Little League baseball field in New Jersey, in his hometown of Torns River. Al Leiter has been known as a benefactor helping out kids have a better future through a foundation he and his wife put up. Aside from this, Leiter is also a committed participant and coordinator in many similar help organizations.
Al Leiter’s Beginnings
Al Leiter was born on October 23, 1965 in the town of Torn River in the state of New Jersey. He spent his high school at the Central Regional High School. In 1987 he began pitching for the Yankees which then earned an astounding victory against the Milwaukee Brewers. This memorable game was held in the Yankee Stadium. However, at age 23, he had serious injuries on his left pitching hand which led to his transfer from the Yankees to the Blue Jay team of Toronto in 1989. After getting some liniment remedy for his injury, his potential as a pitcher started to be noted.
Major League Baseball Career
Al Leiter won the hearts of many baseball aficionados from 1993 to 1995 as a popular professional baseball left-handed pitcher in the Major League Baseball. In 1993, the world of baseball saw a different Al Leiter who managed to make it to the 1993 World Series. It was also the time when his team, the Blue Jays, won two times in the world championship. Among many things, this professional baseball left-handed pitcher will be remembered as the athlete who never gave up even in the face of a seeming insurmountable injury. Al Leiter pitched for the Blue Jays two more seasons before retiring in 1996.
Career in Sports Broadcasting
Al Leiter later became a baseball FOX broadcaster and game analyst giving insights into the styles, skills, and strengths and weaknesses of different pitchers. Later, in 2006, the professional baseball left-handed pitcher tried his skills as a studio analyst and color commentator, this time, working for the YES network. This earned him an NY Emmy ward in 2007 when he was part of the Boston “Manny Game.” He later transferred to the MLB Network for more studio analysis. Being a man with a heart in helping people, Al Leiter won countless awards for his philanthropic efforts from the MLB. Among the awards are the Branch Award in 1999 and the Roberto Clemente Award in 2000.
Leiter was appointed a member of the NJ Sports, Gaming, and Entertainment Committee and later also was appointed by Governor Christie as a member of the Commission of the NJ Hall of Fame. However, the most brilliant moment in his political career so far was his campaign for George W. Bush during the 2000 presidential election. In 2008, this former professional baseball left-handed pitcher ran for a Senate seat.