Rewind: 02.06.1998

METS ACQUIRE LEITER

Timeline: February 6, 1998

The New York Mets acquired Al Leiter from the Florida Marlins for pitchers Jesus Sanchez and A. J. Burnett and outfielder Robert Stratton.

Leiter, who grew up in Toms River, New Jersey told the media: ”This is really exciting for me. I feel like a little kid.”

Leiter pitched seven seasons for the Mets (1998-2004) compiling a 95-67 win-loss record in 213 starts and an ERA of 3.42. He was a member of the 1999 Wild Card team and the 2000 National League champions.

In maybe his most memorable appearance in a Mets uniform, Leiter pitched a complete game two-hit shutout in a one-game playoff against the Cincinnati Reds to advance New York into the 1999 postseason.

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