Stefan Andrew Karsay (born March 24, 1972) is an American former professional baseball pitcher and current coach. He is the bullpen coach for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB). Karsay played for the Oakland Athletics (1993–94, 1997, 2006), Cleveland Indians (1998–2001), Atlanta Braves (2001), New York Yankees (2002, 2004–05), and Texas Rangers (2005).
Karsay at As Sayliyah Army Base in 2009
|Milwaukee Brewers – No. 33|
|Pitcher / Bullpen coach|
|Born: March 24, 1972|
Flushing, New York
|August 17, 1993, for the Oakland Athletics|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 17, 2006, for the Oakland Athletics|
|Earned run average||4.01|
Karsay grew up in the College Point neighborhood in Queens, New York City, just a few miles from Shea Stadium. In high school, he won the Gatorade Baseball Player of the year for New York State, as a pitcher for Christ the King High School.
A 1st round draft pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 1990, Karsay was traded to the Athletics along with outfielder José Herrera for Rickey Henderson on July 31, 1993. A starter in his early days with the Athletics, Karsay worked mostly in middle relief and as a set-up man from 1998 on, although he also had some notable success as a closer in 2000 with the Indians and 2002 with the Yankees.
On July 28, 2005, together with Scott Feldman and A. J. Murray, he threw a perfect game against the Corpus Christi Hooks. It was the first combined nine-inning perfect game in Texas League history, and the third overall.
Finally, at age 34, Karsay announced his retirement on June 18, 2006, the day after pitching two scoreless innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers and getting the win in a 17-inning marathon for the Athletics. He finished his 11-year Major League career with a 32-39 record, 41 saves, and a 4.01 ERA in 357 career appearances, including 40 starts.
In 2012 the Cleveland Indians hired Karsay as pitching coach for the rookie-level AZL Indians. In 2016, Karsay was promoted to be the pitching coach for the Cleveland Indians Class-AAA affiliate, the Columbus Clippers.
- "Closing suits Karsay", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 25, 2001, "Karsay, 29, grew up in College Point, NY, five miles from Shea Stadium."
- http://www.gatorade.com/poy/winner/steve-karsay/20686[permanent dead link]
- Ryan Quinn. Notes: Karsay returns to Oakland, MLB.com, 5/16/2006[permanent dead link]
- "Baseball America's Daily Dish," Baseball America, 7/29/05, accessed 8/14/09
- Rajan, Greg, "Pitchers perfect: It's 27 up, 27 down as CC falls to Frisco," Corpus Christi Caller-Times, 7/29/05, accessed 8/14/09[permanent dead link]
- Press Release. A's reliever Karsay announces retirement, Oakland Athletics, 6/18/2006.[permanent dead link]
- Rick Eymer. Notes: Karsay ends career the right way, MLB.com, 6/18/2006[permanent dead link]
- "Steve Karsay, Scott Erickson hired as minor league pitching coaches by Cleveland Indians". 2011-02-02.
- Hoynes, Paul (November 20, 2018). "Class AAA pitching coach Steve Karsay leaves Cleveland Indians to become Milwaukee Brewers' bullpen coach". Cleveland.com.