February 7, 1981 |
Lewisburg, West Virginia
|Bats: Left||Throws: Right|
|March 31, 2003 for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
(through 2012 season)
|Earned run average||5.46|
Michael Seth McClung (born February 7, 1981), nicknamed Big Red, is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. In his career, he has pitched as a starting pitcher and as a relief pitcher.
His father, Mike, was an all-state high school football player. His brother, Marcus, is a former football player at Virginia Tech and the Canadian Football League, his brother Shawn participates in extreme sports, and his younger brother Sam was a lineman at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee. Seth McClung was named the Head coach of the Pinellas Park Girls High School Basketball team for the 2010-2011 season. McClung took the entire 2011 season off and spent 2012 in the minor leagues.
Seth is married, he and his wife live in the Tampa Bay area.
He started the 2007 season in Triple-A Durham of the International League, before being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for Grant Balfour on July 27. He was then assigned to the Nashville Sounds of the Pacific Coast League before being called up to Milwaukee on August 21, making his debut with the Brewers in a relief appearance on the same day.
He began the 2008 season in the Brewers bullpen, later being moved into the rotation in place of Carlos Villanueva. His first appearance as a starter for Milwaukee was against the Washington Nationals on May 24. After the Brewers traded for CC Sabathia, McClung and Dave Bush shared a spot in the rotation with Bush pitching on the road and McClung pitching at home. This experiment ended on August 2, with Bush taking the rotation spot and McClung moving to the bullpen. Late in the season, after impressive relief outings for the Brewers against the Chicago Cubs, his nickname 'Big Red' began to stick on account of his stature and pitching command and velocity.
On February 1, 2010, McClung signed a minor league contract with the Florida Marlins with an invite to spring training. He was released on March 30. On January 10, 2012, he was re-signed to a minor league contract with the Brewers. He was released on July 30.
On January 10, 2012, McClung signed a minor league deal with the Brewers. On July 31, McClung was released. He went 2-13 with a 6.36 ERA in 21 appearances (20 starts) with Triple-A Nashville.
McClung signed a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates on November 20, 2013.