Jim Leyritz gets a job in baseball

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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.

Brandon Crawford homers off brother-in-law Gerrit Cole

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You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.

The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.

Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.