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Steve McCatty
Born: (1954-03-20) March 20, 1954 (age 69)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 17, 1977, for the Oakland Athletics
Last MLB appearance
September 25, 1985, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
Win–loss record63–63
Earned run average3.99
As player

As coach

Career highlights and awards

Steven Earl McCatty (born March 20, 1954) is an American former professional baseball pitcher who played for the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1977 to 1985. He graduated from Troy High School in Troy, Michigan, in 1972. He coached the Washington Nationals from 2009 through 2015.

Baseball career

Playing career

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 finished the season with a league leading 2.33 ERA, second in the American League to Sammy Stewart's 2.32 mark and was tied with three others for most wins with 14, including a league leading four shutouts, the last two of which were consecutive starts for McCatty. He also finished second for the Cy Young Award, behind Rollie Fingers.

However, McCatty would never even approach his 1981 form again. A number of baseball historians and statisticians blame this on manager Billy Martin overworking McCatty and the other members of the 1981 staff. In 2006, Rob Neyer estimated that McCatty threw 131 pitches per complete game in 1981, a heavy workload for a young pitcher even then. However, McCatty never blamed Martin for his post-1981 decline.[1]

During a 1982 exhibition game against the San Diego Padres, McCatty stepped to the plate wielding a toy 15-inch bat but umpire Jim Quick would not allow him to hit. McCatty did this on orders from 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

After retiring as a player in 1986, McCatty 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. The Nationals fired McCatty and the entire coaching staff after the 2015 season.[2]


  1. ^ Neyer, Rob (2006). Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Blunders. New York: Fireside. ISBN 978-0-7432-8491-2.
  2. ^ "Nats dismiss manager Williams, coaching staff". 5 October 2015.
Preceded byRandy St. Claire Washington Nationals pitching coach 2009-2015 Succeeded byMike Maddux