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Al Leiter had a long and successful career as a big-league pitcher from 1987 to 2005. It was not until 1993, however, that Leiter became an above-average pitcher.
He made his major league debut in September of 1987 with the New York Yankees against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Leiter pitched very well and received the win by tossing six innings and allowing only four hits and one run while striking out eight.
After enduring several arm injuries, Leiter was traded to Toronto and then Florida before he became an established big-league starter.
The Mets acquired Leiter in 1998, and the left-hander won 17 games for the club. He was the ace of the organization until 2004, and he won 95 games with a 3.42 ERA during his tenure.
Mets fans will remember his gutsy performance in Game 5 of the 2000 World Series in which he threw 142 pitches before being lifted after Luis Sojo hit the go-ahead single in the ninth inning.
Leiter was a very competitive pitcher who did not give an inch, even if he did not have his best command on a given day.