Steve McCatty

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Steve McCatty
Steve McCatty 2011.jpg
McCatty as pitching coach for the Washington Nationals in 2011.
Washington Nationals – No. 54
Pitcher / Pitching coach
Born: (1954-03-20) March 20, 1954 (age 60)
Detroit, Michigan
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 17, 1977 for the Oakland Athletics
Last MLB appearance
September 25, 1985 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
Win–loss record 63-63
Earned run average 3.99
Strikeouts 541
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • Led AL in wins (14) and shutouts (4) in 1981

Steven Earl McCatty (born March 20, 1954, Detroit, Michigan) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Oakland Athletics from 1977 to 1985. He graduated from Troy High School in Troy, Michigan in 1972. On June 2, 2009 McCatty was named interim pitching coach of the Washington Nationals following Randy St. Claire's dismissal the previous day.

Baseball career[edit]

Playing career[edit]

On August 10, 1980, McCatty pitched a 14 inning game against the Seattle Mariners, only to lose 2–1.

During the 1981 strike-shortened season, McCatty was third in the American League with a 2.32 ERA and was tied with three others with most wins with 14, including 4 shutouts, the last two of which were consecutive starts for McCatty. He finished second for the Cy Young Award, behind Rollie Fingers.

During a 1982 exhibition game against the San Diego Padres, McCatty stepped to the plate wielding a toy 15-inch bat but was refused by umpire Jim Quick to hit. McCatty was instructed by A's manager Billy Martin, who was furious that the designated hitter rule was not allowed in National League ballparks, to use the toy bat as a protest.

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring as a player in 1986, he remained in professional baseball working in radio and TV for the Oakland A's and with ESPN Major League Baseball. McCatty later moved on to coach several minor league baseball clubs, and was hired as pitching coach by the Detroit Tigers for the 2002 season. He subsequently coached for the Ottawa Lynx when it was the AAA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. During the offseason, McCatty works with youngsters of all ages to teach pitching mechanics at Jason Thompson Baseball in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

In 2009, McCatty became the second pitching coach in Washington Nationals franchise history, replacing Randy St. Claire, who was fired, and McCatty was called upon to replace him after working at the Nationals' AAA affiliate.

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Preceded by
Randy St. Claire
Washington Nationals pitching coach
2009-present
Succeeded by
current