The lefty from the great state of New Jersey would find something to talk about in an empty room. He was with the Mets when I covered them and he was always up for conversation about baseball. Or movies. Or music. Or politics. Or whatever else was going on at the time.
Al, who is one of the 1,245 broadcasters on the YES Network, has landed a gig with the new MLB Network. He and Harold Reynolds will be studio analysts for MLB Tonight, which will be the main show on the network. The good news is that he will continue to call games on YES. The alternative was finding a new best friend for Michael Kay.
“To be part of a ground-floor operation like this, I’m extremely excited,” Leiter said today on a conference call. “The possibilities are potentially endless.”
The MLB Network will debut on Jan. 1 in 50 million homes, which is said to be a record for a new cable channel. They’ll have 26 games this season.