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Former Yankee Jim Leyritz tries to turn his life around as the pitching coach for the Newark Bears. (May 17, 2011)

Jim Leyritz

Former Yankee catcher and 1996 World Series hero Jim Leyritz is now a pitching and hitting coach for the Newark Bears.

Former Yankee Jim Leyritz tries to turn his
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Former Yankee Jim Leyritz tries to turn his life around as the pitching coach for the Newark Bears. (May 17, 2011)

Former Yankee Jim Leyritz tries to turn his
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Former Yankee Jim Leyritz tries to turn his life around and is now working as the pitching coach for the Newark Bears. (May 17, 2011)

Former Yankee Jim Leyritz (center), the pitching coach
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Former Yankee Jim Leyritz (center), the pitching coach for the Newark Bears, talks to a player as General Manager Mike Torrez watches batting practice. (May 17, 2011)

Jim Leyritz gets ready for batting practice in
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Jim Leyritz gets ready for batting practice in Yankees Camp at Legends Field in Tampa.

Jim Leyritz's three-run home run in Game 4
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Jim Leyritz's three-run home run in Game 4 of the 1996 World Series shifted the momentum of the series and helped the Yankees rebound from a two games to none deficit.

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1996: LEYRITZ'S MOMENTUM-CHANGING HOME RUN Oct. 23, 1996
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1996: LEYRITZ'S MOMENTUM-CHANGING HOME RUN
Oct. 23, 1996 - World Series Game 4

After falling into a 2-0 hole to the Braves, the Yankees won Game 3 in Atlanta, but fell behind 6-0 in Game 4. Things looked bleak until the Yankees scored three runs in sixth to make it interesting. In the top of the eighth, the Yankees were still down three when Jim Leyritz came up against Braves closer Mark Wohlers with two runners on. He blasted a 2-and-2 pitch to left to tie the game. The Yankees went on to win the game in the 11th. The momentum shifted, and the Yankees went on to win their first World Series in 18 years.

Yankees catcher Jim Leyritz celebrates after the Yankees
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Yankees catcher Jim Leyritz celebrates after the Yankees won Game 5 of the 1996 ALCS against the Baltimore Orioles.

Former Yankees catcher Jim Leyritz rounds the bases
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Former Yankees catcher Jim Leyritz rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning of Game 4 of the 1999 World Series. The home run was the last hit by any major leaguer in the 20th Century.

Jim Leyritz at Fenway Park a day before
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Jim Leyritz at Fenway Park a day before Game 3 of the 1998 ALCS against Boston.

Anaheim's Jim Leyritz is congratulated by third base
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Anaheim's Jim Leyritz is congratulated by third base coach Larry Bowa after hitting a two-run home run off the Yankees during a regular season game at Yankee Stadium.

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San Diego's Jim Leyritz talks on his cell
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San Diego's Jim Leyritz talks on his cell phone in the dugout during batting practice at the 1998 World Series.

Jim Leyritz signs autographs outside of a store
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Jim Leyritz signs autographs outside of a store on River ave on the evening of the Yankees ALCS game 2 against the Angels. (October 17, 2009)

Former major league baseball player Jim Leyritz reacts
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Former major league baseball player Jim Leyritz reacts after a judge released him on bond in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Nov. 20, 2010)

FILE - This Oct. 25, 2010, file photo
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FILE - This Oct. 25, 2010, file photo shows former major league baseball player Jim Leyritz during jury selection, in the Broward County Courthouse in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Former major league baseball player Jim Leyritz is
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Former major league baseball player Jim Leyritz is photographed at the Broward County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office after he was arrested in the early morning hours of December 28, 2007. Leyritz was chraged with DUI manslaughter.

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