December 29, 2007 December 29, 2007Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Another AL Alum In Trouble: This off-season has been somewhat of a mixed bag for the Atlantic League. On the plus side, it seems like a steady stream of former players are signing with affiliated teams, which is exactly why the league was created.
On the negative side, several prominent former players have been involved with things such as steroids and other performance enhancing drugs, but this may be the worst news yet.
Jim Leyritz, who the league will proudly tell you played for the Newark Bears in 2001, was arrested yesterday on charges of driving under the influence and killing another driver after she was ejected from her vehicle when his vehicle crashed into hers.
Leyritz is best known to mainstream fans as being a World Series hero for the New York Yankees in 1996, hitting a three-run, game-tying home run in Game 4 in a game and a series that the Bronx Bombers would eventually win.
But Bears fans will remember he played 19 games for the team in 2001, hitting .296 with four home runs and 15 RBI.
The San Diego Padres picked him up, but he never played in the big leagues again.
He has since posted bail, and is awaiting further word on his fate. – Mike Ashmore