'I just want to be dad'

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Central’s Leaird steps down as baseball coach to watch his children play for the Eagles

By Don Worthington

If you’ve ever been involved in Central High School athletics, you know Mitch Leaird’s routine.
He is among the first to arrive, and the last to leave.
He mows the grass and fixes problems as they pop up.
He works with his players, hitting grounders for infield practice or helping them with their swing.
If it’s football season, he’s pacing the sidelines, a cell phone glued to his ear as he constantly monitors scores of other games.
But there’s a big change coming.

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