Al Leiter was a second round pick of the Yankees and was rushed to the Major Leagues at the age of 21 during forgettable time period in Yankees history in the mid 80’s.
Over the three-year period from 1987 to 1989, Leiter would win 7 games against 8 losses before being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. Leiter would begin seeing success with the Blue Jays, and then would hit his stride with the Florida Marlins, making the All Star team for the first time.
Leiter became a star when he was traded to the Mets in a deal that sent two huge prospects (A.J. Burnett and Jesus Sanchez) to the Marlins before the ’98 season. He would win 95 games for the Mets, including 16 victories in 2000 as the ace of the World Series team that faced the Yankees.
Leiter would return to the Yankees to finish his career in 2005 and retire as a Yankee. But here’s something that will make Mets fans happy…Leiter actually had the best years of his career with the Mets, and the worst of his career with the Yankees.