Play Ball! Leyritz Lands Minor League Coaching Gig

Yankee hero who dodged DUI manslaughter conviction back in the game

By Brian Hamacher
|  Friday, Feb 4, 2011  |  Updated 1:30 PM EDT
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Jim Leyritz: From World Series Hero to Manslaughter Trial

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - JANUARY 31: Former NY Yankee catcher Jim Leyritz leaving his arraignment hearing with his lawyers at the Broward County Court on January 31, 2008 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)

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Less than three months after he was acquitted of DUI manslaughter charges in Fort lauderdale, former New York Yankee Jim Leyritz has landed on his feet -- in Newark.

The former major league catcher has signed on with the minor league Newark Bears to become the team's pitching coach, it was announced Friday.

Leyritz says he's grateful for a second chance in what he calls "a league of second chances."

The 47-year-old Leyritz had been facing a maximum of 15 years behind bars in the December 2007 death of 30-year-old Fredia Ann Veitch. Leyritz had been celebrating his 44th birthday with friends on Fort Lauderdale beach when his SUV collided with Veitch's car around 3 a.m. 

Leyritz was eventually convicted of DUI, but not manslaughter. He was given a year probation and fined $500.

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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