Timeline: February 6, 1998
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.