NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Though he was primarily a catcher in the major leagues, former New York Yankees World Series hero Jim Leyritz is the new pitching coach for the minor league Newark Bears.

Recently cleared of criminal charges from a fatal 2007 car accident, Leyritz will take over the pitching staff of the Can-Am League team for which he once played. The team is managed by Tim Raines, his former Yankees teammate.

Leyritz says he’s grateful for a second chance in what he calls “a league of second chances.”

He’s best known for his three-run homer off Atlanta’s Mark Wohlers in Game 4 of the 1996 World Series, which turned the tide of the series and enabled New York to win in six games.


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