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December 23, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels-owned radio station KLAA (AM 830) has hired troubled ex-major leaguer Jim Leyritz to co-host a new sports talk show, a peculiar move for a club that lost promising young pitcher Nick Adenhart to a drunk-driving accident in 2009. Leyritz, a two-time World Series champion with the New York Yankees who had a brief stint with the Angels in 1997, was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol when he struck and killed a woman in a 2007 automobile accident. A Fort Lauderdale, Fla., jury in 2010 acquitted Leyritz of DUI manslaughter in the death of 30-year-old Fredia Ann Veitch, a mother of two, sparing the former catcher from a possible 15-year prison sentence.
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December 23, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels-owned radio station KLAA (AM 830) has hired troubled ex-major leaguer Jim Leyritz to co-host a new sports talk show, a peculiar move for a club that lost promising young pitcher Nick Adenhart to a drunk-driving accident in 2009. Leyritz, a two-time World Series champion with the New York Yankees who had a brief stint with the Angels in 1997, was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol when he struck and killed a woman in a 2007 automobile accident. A Fort Lauderdale, Fla., jury in 2010 acquitted Leyritz of DUI manslaughter in the death of 30-year-old Fredia Ann Veitch, a mother of two, sparing the former catcher from a possible 15-year prison sentence.
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May 15, 2009 | Staff and Wire Reports
Former major leaguer Jim Leyritz, who is facing trial on DUI manslaughter charges, was taken to a Florida hospital after telling police he was concerned about failing a Breathalyzer test in his car, and was "under a lot of stress" because of his legal problems, authorities said Thursday. Davie police spokesman Bill Coyne said Leyritz had blown into the Breathalyzer device in his car Wednesday in an attempt to start the vehicle, but the device indicated he had been drinking.
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May 15, 2009 | Staff and Wire Reports
Former major leaguer Jim Leyritz, who is facing trial on DUI manslaughter charges, was taken to a Florida hospital after telling police he was concerned about failing a Breathalyzer test in his car, and was "under a lot of stress" because of his legal problems, authorities said Thursday. Davie police spokesman Bill Coyne said Leyritz had blown into the Breathalyzer device in his car Wednesday in an attempt to start the vehicle, but the device indicated he had been drinking.
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February 19, 1997 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He is part Pete Rose, part Steve Garvey, part Reggie Jackson and part Garth Brooks, but until this season Jim Leyritz has been a part-time player, a bat-twirling, clutch-hitting, tough-talking, cowboy-hat-and-boots-wearing curiosity. Just what kind of numbers could Leyritz put up if he actually played a full season? Just how good a catcher would he be if he actually caught more than 40 games a year instead of playing five positions?
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February 25, 1997 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
Think you could stick to that diet if, every time you weighed in at goal weight, you got $10,000? That was the incentive Angel catcher Jim Leyritz had with the New York Yankees. If he remained between 200 and 206 pounds at 10 periodic weigh-ins, he got a bonus of $100,000. But by the middle of last season, Leyritz felt so weak at the lighter weight that he told owner George Steinbrenner to keep his money, choosing to return to the weight room and an unrestricted diet.
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February 19, 1997 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
Jorge Fabregas hit .327 last August and September, finished 1996 with a career-high .287 average, and Angel coaches and scouts noticed a marked improvement in the catcher's defense. Even so, the front office traded for New York Yankee backup catcher Jim Leyritz, whose presence--and two-year contract with an option for a third year--cast a cloud of uncertainty over the futures of Fabregas and Todd Greene. "This is nothing different--it happens every year," Fabregas, 27, said.
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June 12, 1997 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
It was not an extremely violent collision--nothing like the Darin Erstad-Mike Macfarlane wreck in Monday night's game--but Angel catcher Jim Leyritz did not get the best of Kansas City's Sal Fasano when the Royal catcher ran into Leyritz to score in the eighth inning Wednesday. Fasano was on second when pinch-hitter Bip Roberts singled to center, and Angel outfielder Orlando Palmeiro's one-hop throw to the plate was a step or two late.
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March 28, 1997 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
Jim Leyritz believed the trade from New York to Anaheim would elevate him from a part-time player to a regular who would catch about 100 games a year and get 450-500 at-bats. But the combination of his spotty play and Jorge Fabregas' outstanding play behind the plate this spring has made it apparent that the best Leyritz can hope for is a straight platoon and some added plate appearances as a designated hitter or first baseman.
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December 8, 2000 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Dodgers did not offer arbitration to catcher Todd Hundley, pitcher Ismael Valdes and utilityman Jim Leyritz before Thursday's deadline, indicating the players will not return next season. The club cannot negotiate with them before May 1, and will focus on other players to complete the roster. It had been reported in September that Hundley, acquired from the New York Mets in 1998, would not be with the Dodgers in 2001.
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December 8, 2000 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Dodgers did not offer arbitration to catcher Todd Hundley, pitcher Ismael Valdes and utilityman Jim Leyritz before Thursday's deadline, indicating the players will not return next season. The club cannot negotiate with them before May 1, and will focus on other players to complete the roster. It had been reported in September that Hundley, acquired from the New York Mets in 1998, would not be with the Dodgers in 2001.
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October 10, 1999 | PAUL GUTIERREZ
Jim Leyritz admits that wearing the periwinkle of the Angels and the Swinging' Friar patch of the Padres while on two Southern California sojourns was an enjoyable experience, but it pales in comparison to donning the pinstripes of the Yankees. "Last year was fun and I loved it out in San Diego, but this feels very familiar," said Leyritz, who rejoined New York in a July 31 trade with the Padres.
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August 4, 1999 | RANDY HARVEY
While wondering if perhaps George Steinbrenner has a heart after all, I was thinking: I'm not talking about his willingness to give Darryl Strawberry another chance. . . . If he didn't have the left-handed bat that the Yankees need coming off the bench--Strawberry hit 24 home runs in 101 games last season--there would be no pinstriped uniform waiting for him in New York. . . . I'm talking about Steinbrenner's edict that the late catcher Thurman Munson's locker in the Yankee clubhouse remain unoccupied by any other player for the last 20 years.
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April 13, 1999 | From Associated Press
Jim Leyritz, whose flair for the dramatic home run was previously limited to the postseason, has begun launching some timely regular-season shots as well. Leyritz hit a three-run homer off Dave Veres in the 11th inning Monday, and the San Diego Padres wrecked Colorado's home opener by beating the Rockies, 8-5, before a crowd of 48,073. It was Leyritz's second game-winning homer against Colorado in less than a week.
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October 5, 1998 | J.A. ADANDE
If there was one thing you could find a consensus opinion on in baseball the past few years it's that Randy Johnson would be the pitcher of choice to start a must-win game. Any manager had to smile at the thought of Johnson wearing his team's uniform, standing on the mound and unleashing 98-mph fastballs from that 6-10 frame in October. He'd get you two-thirds of the way through a division series and halfway to a seven-game series victory all by himself. It's time to rewrite the book on Johnson.
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September 20, 1997 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jim Leyritz is still not convinced the July 29 trade that sent him from Anaheim to Texas for pitcher Ken Hill was in the Angels' best interests, but Hill's value has done nothing but skyrocket in recent weeks. The right-hander threw his first complete game of the season Friday night, giving up two singles and walking one to lead the Angels to a 7-1 victory over the Rangers before 31,809 at the Ballpark in Arlington.
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September 20, 1997 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jim Leyritz is still not convinced the July 29 trade that sent him from Anaheim to Texas for pitcher Ken Hill was in the Angels' best interests, but Hill's value has done nothing but skyrocket in recent weeks. The right-hander threw his first complete game of the season Friday night, giving up two singles and walking one to lead the Angels to a 7-1 victory over the Rangers before 31,809 at the Ballpark in Arlington.
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June 14, 1997 | JOHN WEYLER
Catcher Jim Leyritz sat out Thursday night's game because of a bruised sternum suffered when he was hit in the chest with an elbow during a collision at the plate with Kansas City's Sal Fasano on Wednesday. He was grimacing while taking batting practice Friday but said afterward he would be available to pinch-hit Friday night and hoped to be back in the starting lineup tonight.
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June 12, 1997 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
It was not an extremely violent collision--nothing like the Darin Erstad-Mike Macfarlane wreck in Monday night's game--but Angel catcher Jim Leyritz did not get the best of Kansas City's Sal Fasano when the Royal catcher ran into Leyritz to score in the eighth inning Wednesday. Fasano was on second when pinch-hitter Bip Roberts singled to center, and Angel outfielder Orlando Palmeiro's one-hop throw to the plate was a step or two late.
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