Comedian Bill Burr loves the YES Network's Yankee broadcast team

Comedian Bill Burr is apparently the only person on the planet who can actually tell who's who on the awful Yankees TV broadcast team...and finds Al Leiter hilarious instead of incessant. Follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Subscribe by Email, or Return Home
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Reviewing Review: Thoughts on Baseball’s New Replay System

Image: WTOP/Laurie Cantillo Perhaps the most hyped aspect of the new baseball season is the expanded use of instant replay to review umpire decisions. Replay 101 Though homeruns had been reviewable at umpire discretion since August 2008, the system was massively expanded last offseason. Now, in addition to dingers, plays at bases; collisions at home plate; fair or foul calls in the...
Via One Jet At A Time
April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Masahiro Tanaka’s Non-Secret Weapon

Two things, both from Wednesday. Before the first game of a Yankees/Cubs doubleheader, the YES Network broadcast was profiling scheduled starter Masahiro Tanaka. They, of course, had very positive things to say, and at one point, Al Leiter remarked, “what I like is that he’s attacking the zone.” No nibbling, with that guy. Aggressive, polished […]
Via Fangraphs
April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Rate the local MLB announcers – AL East

The first in our series of grading the local MLB TV announcers takes us to the AL East. The American League East has an interesting set of announcers, with many familiar names and voices included within. But which teams do you like the most, and which do you despise? Give each broadcast crew a rating, and if you have strong opinions in either direction, let us know in the comments...
Via Awful Announcing
April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Play Ball! It’s the 2014 Baseball Preview

The Big Leagues MLB Network analysts Cliff Floyd, Al Leiter, and Harold Reynolds offer up their picks for what to expect in the season ahead.
April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Al Leiter: The Mets Aren’t A Playoff Team

On MLB Network’s MLB Tonight, Al Leiter and Ron Darling were discussing the free agents still available on the market, and which teams still had some glaring holes to fill. Included in the conversation was, of course, the New York Mets. The Mets came up in two conversations—first in the discussion regarding the Pittsburgh Pirates, and later with the Mets. Leiter said the Pirates...
Via Mets Merized Online
December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

The Mets Top Ten Worse Pitching Rotations Since 1980

Since we’ve already covered the 10 best and worst offenses since 1980, and the 10 best pitching staffs since 1980, it’s only fitting that we take a look at the 10 worst pitching staffs since 1980.  While the mid-to-late 80s and into the early 90s were the renaissance of Mets pitching, all of the bottom 10 performances have been after 1992. Ten Most Runs Allowed Since 1980 1...
December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

The 10 Worst Mets Pitching Staffs Since 1980

Since we’ve already covered the 10 best and worst offenses since 1980, and the 10 best pitching staffs since 1980, it’s only fitting that we take a look at the 10 worst pitching staffs since 1980.  While the mid-to-late 80s and into the early 90s were the renaissance of Mets pitching, all of the bottom 10 performances have been after 1992. Ten Most Runs Allowed Since 1980 1...
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December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Mushnick: Michael Kay 'Pathetic'

You've really made the bigs when Phil Mushnick compares you to Chris Berman. (Though Matthew had him pegged long, long ago.) Kay’s call steps on sidekick Michael Kay remains a victim of his own foolish devices, so much so that in his transparent eagerness to promote himself through signature calls, he attaches a “Kick Me” sign to his own back. Before Sunday’s first...
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September 27, 2013  |  Discuss

From Blue September Comes Red October

Congratulations to the Cincinnati Reds for clinching a playoff spot against your New York Mets. They did so via the cold hands of Shin Soo Choo, who had three hits and drove in two runs. It's a glimpse of what the Mets aspire to have, but will probably fall a few million dollars short from getting. So it isn't even like we can salivate at the sight of him with a straight...
Via Metstradamus
September 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankees shut out for 10th time in one season

Last time a Yankee team produced 10 shutouts: 1991.And, oh, a great season it was. We finished fifth. Suzyn Waldman was performing in Man of La Mancha. John Sterling was in his second year with the team.The Yankee-Indian Point Power Report did not exist. If it had, Matt Nokes would have been our leader, with 24 HRs. Next up was Kevin "No" Maas, who hit 23, mostly in...
September 18, 2013  |  Discuss

PN Interview: Mark Leiter Jr. Talks Draft, Baseball Pedigree, Pro Transition

With family and local ties, Mark Leiter Jr. is one of the best stories out of this year’s Phillies draft class.  The son of former Phils hurler Mark Leiter Sr., nephew of former big leaguer Al Leiter as well as Kurt Leiter who was also a pro pitcher and a product of Toms River North High School and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Leiter Jr. has been enjoying success since...
Via Phillies Nation
August 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Al Leiter listed as an 'outside the box wildcard' replacement for N.J. senator

Al Leiter has never kept his political aspirations to himself but the YES announcer and former major league pitcher was more than surprised to find his name mentioned in a report as an "outside the box wildcard" candidate to replace the late New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg. The former Yankees, Mets, and Blue Jays pitcher — and the pride of Toms River, N.J. — is a...
Via The Other Paper
June 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Mark Leiter Jr. fans 20 in college game

Mark Leiter Jr. had 20 strikeouts in a complete game in New Jersey Institute of Technology's 5-3 victory over Chicago State on Friday night. The senior right-hander, the son of former major league pitcher Mark Leiter and nephew of former major league pitcher Al Leiter, got his last eight outs on strikeouts. He gave up Dylan Sterrett's three-run homer in the seventh and allowed...
Via Fox Sports
May 03, 2013  |  Discuss

AA Podcast #42 - Al Leiter, MLB Network

With the start of the MLB season, we welcome Al Leiter to the AA Podcast. Al is a former MLB All Star and World Series winner who now works as an MLB Network analyst appearing on MLB Tonight throughout the baseball season.  His work in the booth started before his playing days were done calling LCS games for Fox and he's continued to do standout work as one of the best analysts...
Via Awful Announcing
April 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Could We Have a Chase at Third for the Phillies After All?

Photo courtesy of MLB Network We're over a month removed from Phillies baseball, and frankly, I'm bored. Sure, there's football (other than the Iggles) and a time of gross over-eating coming up, but I want Phillies news. I crave it. I fully expected Ruben Amaro to have made some crazy trade by now that would make me hate-love him even more. Instead, I'm forced to...
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November 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Sports Media Digest- October 24, 2012

MLB Network at the World Series-  The MLB Network will be live to preview each game of the 2012 World Series.  Beginning tonight MLB Tonight will air  with previews, analysis and highlights.  Brian Kenny and Chris Rose will anchor in San Francisco, with Dan Plesac, Al Leiter and Harold Reynolds. While in Detroit the show will be
Via Sports Media Journal
October 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Mets Card of the Week: 1999 Al Leiter

1999 TOPPS FINEST GOLD REFRACTOR AL LEITERI peeled Al Leiter tonight.OK, it might be helpful if I rewound a bit and explained.Back in the late ’90s, card manufacturers were dabbling in all manner of metallic printing.Collectors loved the shiny stuff, but balked at how easily these cards would get scratched or otherwise defaced.The Topps Finest issues were particularly vulnerable...
October 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Dent, Leiter were stars in 1-game playoffs

(Adds photos. With AP Photos.) By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer For sheer drama, there's nothing quite like a one-game, winner-take-all scenario - and that's about to become a lot less rare in baseball with the debut of a new postseason format this year. The two wild cards in each league play Friday to determine which teams advance to the division series. Until this year...
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October 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Prayers, Thoughts, Support and Love For Shannon Ford

It’s with great sadness that I report the following… The Mets will host a fundraiser on Nov. 1 to benefit Shannon Forde, their senior director of media relations who was diagnosed earlier this month with Stage IV breast cancer. The $100 fundraiser includes a dinner, open bar, cocktail hour and dancing at the Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park, N.J., emceed by broadcaster...
Via Mets Merized Online
September 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Mets Baseball Card of the Day: Al Leiter (Monopoly)

The following baseball card is actually from the Mets Monopoly board game: Want to see your card featured? Click here. Written 7/19 Tweet
Via 213 Miles From Shea
September 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Your MLB announcing schedule for 7/16 - 7/22

  Monday July 16 Los Angeles Angels @ Detroit Tigers (ESPN 7PM) Karl Ravech, Aaron Boone, John Kruk   Tuesday July 17 San Francisco Giants @ Atlanta Braves (MLBN 7PM) Matt Vasgersian, Al Leiter [Alt: Mets @ Nationals]   Wednesday July 18 Philadelphia Phillies @ Los Angeles Dodgers (MLBN 3PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: Pirates @ Rockies] New York...
Via Awful Announcing
July 16, 2012  |  Discuss

MLB Network at the All-Star Game

The MLB Network plans 14 hours of coverage of next week’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game from Kansas City. The following hosts and analysts will be on site to bring viewers on the field and behind the scenes of the All-Star Game festivities: Greg Amsinger, Sean Casey, Peter Gammons, Brian Kenny, Al Leiter, Kevin Millar, Dan
Via Sports Media Journal
July 03, 2012  |  Discuss

MLB Network to air 14 hours of All-Star coverage

This press release comes from MLB. It’s going to be quite an extravaganza. Secaucus, NJ, July 2, 2012 – MLB Network is set to cover the 83rd MLB All-Star Game in Kansas City with over 14 hours of coverage starting Monday, July 9. MLB Network’s: Greg Amsinger Sean Casey Peter Gammons Brian Kenny Al Leiter Kevin Millar Dan Plesac Harold Reynolds Alanna Rizzo and Chris …...
Via Red Hot Mama
July 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Who Are Your All Time Favorite Mets?

Last night, SNY announced the Mets All Time Greatest Players at each position over their entire franchise history, it got me to think about just how different we all are. Some of us lived through the Dodgers and Giants and welcomed in the new Mets because they couldn’t stand to root for the Yankees. Some of us started watching baseball because of the 1969 Mets. While others had...
Via Mets Merized Online
June 18, 2012  |  Discuss
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