In December 2007 Jim Leyritz was involved in a drunk driving accident that resulted in someone’s death. Last November he was acquitted of the most serious charges against. Now he has been given a chance to get back into baseball:
The Newark Bears of the independent Can-Am League have agreed in principle to hire Leyritz as the team’s new hitting and pitching coach, owner and CEO Tom Cetnar said last night.
For Leyritz, the job will be his first foray into professional baseball since the legal troubles following his involvement in a fatal 2007 car crash.
“It’s a league of second chances,” Cetnar said. “Jimmy’s getting one, too.”
I believe in second chances. I also think that the structure of baseball — even non-affiliated baseball — is probably the best thing for Leyritz. If he has any hope of making amends for his misdeeds and making something of his life, baseball is almost certainly going to be a part of it. Here’s hoping he makes the best of it.
Free agent left-hander Wade Miley is among several offseason targets for the Twins, according to a report from Darren Wolfson of KSTP. Miley’s $12 million option was declined by the Orioles back in November, and while he’s expected to attract another major league deal in 2018, he hasn’t exactly been highly sought after this offseason.
The 31-year-old lefty finished his second campaign with the Orioles in 2017, producing an 8-15 record in 32 starts and ranking second-to-last among all AL starters with a 5.61 ERA, 5.3 BB/9 and 8.1 SO/9 in 157 1/3 innings. Even taking Miley’s undeniable durability into account — he remained healthy for the bulk of the season and completed his sixth straight year with 30+ starts — his declining value and career-worst numbers may lower his price tag as the 2018 season approaches.
Wolfson notes that the Twins have engaged in “regular dialogue” with Miley’s agent this winter, but he’s far from the only starting pitcher they have their eye on. Right-handers Yu Darvish, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb and Chris Tillman are still on their radar, among several others, and club owner Jim Pohlad said Saturday that he was “totally on board” with the idea of signing a big-name free agent like Darvish or another available starter. “There are some interesting names and some interesting opportunities there,” Pohlad told a crowd at TwinsFest. “I’m as intrigued by it as anybody and attracted to it as anybody.”