Al Leiter, once heavily involved in Mets front office, hasn’t been active in months

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Al Leiter at Citi Field
Al Leiter at Citi Field

Former pitcher Al Leiter is technically still employed by the Mets as an advisor, but his role is now considered “very part time,” in the words of a team source, and he has not been involved with the club since spring training.

The Mets hired Leiter before the 2019 season, when the Wilpon and Katz families owned the team and Brodie Van Wagenen was general manager.

Under Van Wagenen, Leiter was deeply involved in baseball operations, perhaps more than most Mets fans realized. He evaluated pitchers for the draft, was involved in offseason free agency and roster construction discussions, and was part of Van Wagenen’s inner circle during the winter meetings.

The New York Post recently reported that Leiter would no longer appear in the studio at MLB Network, where he is an analyst, because he has declined to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

According to Mets sources, the team has a policy that requires every worker in its offices to be vaccinated.

Washington Nationals vice president Bob Boone recently left his job because of his refusal to comply with the team’s vaccination mandate. Leiter’s situation is different, because he is not actively working with the Mets.