Tim Leary

Timothy James Leary (born December 23, 1958) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher.

Tim Leary
Born: December 23, 1958 (age 60)
Santa Monica, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 12, 1981, for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
August 9, 1994, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record78–105
Earned run average4.36
Career highlights and awards
Medal record
Men's baseball
Representing the  United States
Amateur World Series
Silver medal – second place 1978 Italy Team

Amateur career

Leary posted a 10-2 record in his senior year at Santa Monica High School, and was named to the 1976 All-CIF first-team. He went 19-1 to lead his American Legion Baseball team to the national championship.[1] Much more in stature than his teammate and fellow former major leaguer, Rod Allen, he received the opportunity to play college baseball at UCLA.

He attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was a three-year letterwinner in baseball on top of completing an economics degree. Over his college career, Leary compiled a 21-15 record with a 3.09 earned run average. His sixteen complete games is a school record, and his 258 strikeouts are the school's fourth highest total.[2]

In 1978, he helped lead the USA Amateur Team to the silver medal in the World Cup played in Italy. He was also a member of the 1979 Pan Am Team.[3]

New York Mets

Leary was selected by the New York Mets as the second overall pick of the 1979 Major League Baseball draft. He went 15-8 with a 2.76 ERA and 138 strikeouts for the Jackson Mets in his first professional season, prompting the Mets to make the controversial decision to bring him all the way to the majors for his second season. Making his major league debut on April 12, 1981, Leary faced just seven batters,[4] before leaving the game after just two innings with a strained elbow.[5] After four months inactive, he appeared in six games with the Mets' triple A affiliate, the Tidewater Tides toward the end of the 1981 season. He strained his elbow a second time during Spring training 1982,[6] and was shut down for the entire 1982 season.

He returned to Tidewater in 1983, and fell to 8-16 with a 4.38 ERA, mostly due to an increase in home runs allowed (11 versus just 5 in 1980). Regardless, he received a second call up to the majors that September, and never made it out of the second inning in his return, mostly due to two errors by George Foster in left field that led to five unearned runs.[7] His second start, however, went far better, as he pitched a complete game for his first major league victory against the Montreal Expos.[8]

Milwaukee Brewers

Leary split the 1984 season between Tidewater and the Mets before the Mets finally gave up on the pitcher once dubbed the "next Tom Seaver." During the off season, Leary was part of an unusual four team trade in which the Mets sent him to the Milwaukee Brewers and received Frank Wills from the Kansas City Royals.

Leary spent the 1985 season with Milwaukee's triple A affiliate, the Vancouver Canadians, and once again returned to the majors when rosters expanded that September. He finally enjoyed his first healthy major league season in 1986 when he went 12-12 with a 4.21 ERA and 188.1 innings pitched. Following the season, he and Tim Crews were traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Greg Brock.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Leary went 3-11 with a 4.76 ERA splitting his time between starts and as a reliever in 1987. After the season, Leary pitched in the Mexican Leagues so he could learn how to throw a split-finger pitch. He had to drive from Santa Monica to Tijuana on a daily basis to play. This led to a breakthrough season for the Dodgers in 1988. He held the Philadelphia Phillies to just one hit on May 25,[9] and was named the National League's "Pitcher of the Week" for the week of July 18–24, during which he shut out the St. Louis Cardinals[10] and earned a complete game victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.[11] He finished the season second on his team behind Cy Young Award winner Orel Hershiser in wins (17), ERA (2.91), shutouts (6), complete games (9) and innings pitched (228.2), while leading his club with 180 strikeouts.

The Dodgers won the National League West by seven games over the Cincinnati Reds to face Leary's former franchise, the New York Mets, in the 1988 National League Championship Series. Leary appeared in the game four twelve inning marathon won by the Dodgers,[12] and made the start in game six, taking the loss.[13]

In the World Series against the Oakland Athletics, Leary was used out of the bullpen by manager Tommy Lasorda. His three innings of scoreless work allowed the Dodgers to come back from a 4-2 deficit in game one,[14] and he appeared in game three, allowing one run in 3.2 innings.[15]

Following the Dodgers' World Series victory, Leary was named the Sporting News' National League Comeback Player of the Year for his regular season performance. He was traded to the Cincinnati Reds midway through the 1989 season with Mariano Duncan for Kal Daniels and Lenny Harris. After the season, the Reds sent him and Van Snider to the New York Yankees for Hal Morris and minor leaguer Rodney Imes.

New York Yankees

Leary experienced some hard luck in his first season with the Yankees. Despite a respectable 4.11 ERA, he led the American League with nineteen losses, mostly due to poor run support from the Yankees' bats and a league leading 23 wild pitches. Either way, the Yankees re-signed Leary for three years and $5.95 million when he became a free agent at the end of the season.[16] After winning his first two starts of the 1991 season, Leary went 2-8 with a 6.95 ERA to earn a demotion to the bullpen. He ended the season at 4-10 with a 6.49 ERA.

He was moved back into the starting rotation in 1992, and was 5-6 with a 5.57 ERA when he was dealt to the Seattle Mariners for minor leaguer Sean Twitty.

Seattle Mariners

Seattle acquired Leary to fill a starting rotation that had been decimated by injury.[17] As a result, Leary made six starts that September.

In 1993, the Mariners improved from a team that narrowly avoided one hundred losses to 82-80, mostly due to new manager Lou Piniella, and the emergence of young stars Randy Johnson, Ken Griffey, Jr. and Jay Buhner. For his part, Leary had his first winning season since 1988 at 11-9.


Leary signed a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring training with the Montreal Expos in 1994. He was 2-4 with a 5.43 ERA for the triple A Ottawa Lynx when they released him. He caught on with the Texas Rangers shortly afterwards, and went 1-1 with an 8.14 ERA. He retired when the Rangers attempted to reassign him to the minor leagues following the season.[18]

As of 2015, Leary is an Alumni member of the Los Angeles Dodgers Community Relations team.

Career stats

78 105 .426 4.36 292 224 25 9 1 1491.1 1570 723 792 147 535 888 87 52 .972 .221

Leary was named the NL Silver Slugger pitcher in 1988, when he batted .269 with nine runs batted in and thirteen successful sacrifice bunts. His only career home run came off Hall of Famer Steve Carlton.[19]

Personal life

Leary was inducted into the UCLA Bruins Athletics Hall of Fame while he was a member of the New York Yankees. Shortly after his retirement, he became a coach for UCLA from 1997 to 2000 and again in 2004. He has also coached at Loyola Marymount University[20] Now he is the pitching coach for Brentwood School in Los Angeles.

He resides in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles. He has two daughters, Anne-Sophie and Caroline, and a son, Thomas.


  1. ^ "California Wins in Legion Play". The Modesto Bee. August 27, 1976.
  2. ^ "Tim Leary Profile". UCLABruins.com. Archived from the original on 2012-09-29.
  3. ^ "UCLA Star Paces Yanks". Spokane Daily Chronicle. July 4, 1979.
  4. ^ "New York Mets 2, Chicago Cubs 1". Baseball-Reference.com. April 12, 1981.
  5. ^ "Mets Place Leary on Disabled List". Record-Journal. April 22, 1981.
  6. ^ Dink Carroll (April 23, 1982). "N.Y. Mets' Pitching Big Question Mark". The Montreal Gazette.
  7. ^ "Chicago Cubs 11, New York Mets 7". Baseball-Reference.com. September 25, 1983.
  8. ^ "New York Mets 5, Montreal Expos 4". Baseball-Reference.com. October 2, 1983.
  9. ^ "Los Angeles Dodgers 4, Philadelphia Phillies 0". Baseball-Reference.com. May 25, 1988.
  10. ^ "Los Angeles Dodgers 1, St. Louis Cardinals 0". Baseball-Reference.com. July 18, 1988.
  11. ^ "Los Angeles Dodgers 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 2". Baseball-Reference.com. July 23, 1988.
  12. ^ "1988 National League Championship Series, Game Four". Baseball-Reference.com. October 9, 1988.
  13. ^ "1988 National League Championship Series, Game Six". Baseball-Reference.com. October 11, 1988.
  14. ^ "1988 World Series, Game One". Baseball-Reference.com. October 15, 1988.
  15. ^ "1988 World Series, Game Three". Baseball-Reference.com. October 18, 1988.
  16. ^ "Leary Rejoins Yankees for $5.95 Million". The Spokesman-Review. November 19, 1990.
  17. ^ "Pitching-thin Mariners Acquire Yankees' Leary". Lawrence Journal-World. August 23, 1992.
  18. ^ "Yankees Exercise Option on Howe". Herald-Journal. October 15, 1994.
  19. ^ "New York Mets 3, Philadelphia Phillies 1". Baseball-Reference.com. April 20, 1984.
  20. ^ "Tim Leary Profile". LMULions.com.

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1979 Major League Baseball draft

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1979 New York Mets season

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1985 Milwaukee Brewers season

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1987 Los Angeles Dodgers season

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1987 Milwaukee Brewers season

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1988 Los Angeles Dodgers season

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1988 Philadelphia Phillies season

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1989 Cincinnati Reds season

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1989 Los Angeles Dodgers season

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1990 Cincinnati Reds season

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1990 New York Yankees season

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1991 New York Yankees season

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1992 New York Yankees season

The New York Yankees' 1992 season was the 90th season for the Yankees and their first under manager Buck Showalter. The team looked to improve their standings from 1991 when they finished fifth in the American League Eastern Division with a 71-91 record.

The Yankees did improve their record by five games and finished tied for fourth place with the Cleveland Indians at 76-86, twenty games behind the eventual world champion Toronto Blue Jays. The team finished with a losing record for the fourth consecutive year, with 86 the fewest losses in that span. This was the last season, to date, that the Yankees finished with a losing record.

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1994 Texas Rangers season

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Brian Holton

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Van Snider

Van Voorhees Snider (born August 11, 1963) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds. He played parts of two seasons for them in 1988 and 1989. The Reds traded Jeff Montgomery to the Kansas City Royals for him on February 15, 1988 and he made his ML debut with them on September 2, 1988 against the Chicago Cubs. After the 1989 season he was traded to the New York Yankees along with Tim Leary for Hal Morris and minor leaguer Rodney Imes. He never again played at the major league level, although he continued to play in the minors until 1995.

Snider now enjoys a successful career as a Detective for the City of Mayfield Heights, Ohio, where he currently holds the rank of Corporal. Snider is also part of the DEU (Drug Enforcement Unit) which was established by the SPAN Chiefs and serves the local suburbs of Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Lyndhurst, Highland Heights, Gates Mills, and Richmond Heights. The DEU also works in conjunction with other area narcotics units as well as the DEA in an attempt to combat the ever growing fight against the misuse of prescription and illegal drugs.Snider is married to former Mayfield Heights councilwoman Diane Marzano Snider and has 6 children (5 girls, 1 boy).


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