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Mark Edward Leiter (born April 13, 1963) is a former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who had an 11-year career from 1990 to 1999 and in 2001. Leiter grew up in Toms River, New Jersey.[1]

Mark Leiter
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Leiter with the New York Mets during spring training in 2001
Pitcher
Born: (1963-04-13) April 13, 1963 (age 56)
Joliet, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 24, 1990, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
October 7, 2001, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record65–73
Earned run average4.57
Strikeouts892
Teams

Leiter graduated from Central Regional High School in 1981, where he played baseball together with his brother Al and Jeff Musselman.[2]

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CareerEdit

Mark played for the New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, California Angels and Seattle Mariners, all of the American League. He also played for the San Francisco Giants, Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers, all of the National League.

As a member of the Giants, he won the 1994 Willie Mac Award honoring his spirit and leadership.

Personal lifeEdit

Mark's brother, Al Leiter, was also a major league pitcher and his son, Mark Leiter Jr., also pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies and is now a Toronto Blue Jay.[3]

Leiter's 9-month-old son Ryan died of spinal muscular atrophy in 1994. He and his wife, Allison, started the Ryan Leiter Fund to raise funds for families of victims of the disease.[4] Leiter and his wife later divorced.[5]

In 1999, Leiter was sued in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by a woman who alleged that Leiter had punched her and extinguished a cigarette on her arm during an extramarital affair.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Anastatisa, Phil (June 7, 2004). "Scout reflects on baseball love affair". Courier-Post. Retrieved October 23, 2007.
  2. ^ Trutor, Clayton. Mark Leiter, Society for American Baseball Research. Accessed July 30, 2019. "Raised on the Jersey Shore, Leiter graduated from Central Regional High School in Bayville, New Jersey, in 1981. He starred on the baseball team along with his brother Al, who was a freshman during Mark’s senior year, and classmate Jeff Musselman, who later pitched for the Blue Jays and Mets (1986-1990)."
  3. ^ http://m.mlb.com/news/article/63606778//
  4. ^ Maske, Mark (28 April 1994). "NOTHING CAN MAKE UP FOR SON'S DEATH". Washington Post. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Mark Leiter Denies Punching Woman". AP NEWS. Associated Press. April 28, 1999. Retrieved 14 March 2019.

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