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Nationals Name Steve McCatty New Pitching Coach06/02/2009 11:27 PM ET
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Washington Nationals today relieved Randy St. Claire of his duties and named Steve McCatty pitching coach. Nationals Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Baseball Operations Mike Rizzo made the announcement.
McCatty joins Manny Acta's staff after serving the first two months of the season as pitching coach with the Syracuse Chiefs of the Triple-A International League. McCatty was in his fourth season as the Nationals' Triple-A pitching coach.
McCatty joins the Nationals with pre-existing individual relationships and working knowledge of ten Nationals pitchers: Jason Bergmann, Jesus Colome, Joel Hanrahan, John Lannan, Mike MacDougal, Shairon Martis, Craig Stammen, Ron Villone, Kip Wells and Jordan Zimmermann. He also worked closely with the remainder of the Nationals' pitching staff during Spring Training.
The 55 year-old McCatty boasts an impressive resume, which includes 14 seasons as a pitching coach, a nine-year big league career and three seasons of broadcasting.
He began his coaching career with a seven-year stint with Detroit that culminated upon being appointed Tigers pitching coach in 2002. During that '02 season, he worked with a young staff that included Jeff Weaver and Mike Maroth and finished ranked favorably with 11 complete games (third in AL), 463 walks (fifth-fewest in AL) and 163 home runs (fifth-fewest in AL).
After a three-year term (2003-05) as pitching coach for Triple-A Ottawa in the Baltimore Orioles organization, McCatty joined the Nationals as a member of the coaching staff at Triple-A New Orleans in 2006. His first staff of Nationals farmhands led the Pacific Coast League with 1,114 strikeouts and registered the 3rd-best ERA (3.84) in the 16-team PCL.
McCatty went 63-63 with five saves and a 3.99 ERA in 221 games (161 starts) during a nine-year (1977-85) career with Oakland. He tallied three double-digit win seasons, including his finest campaign in 1981, when he finished 14-7 with a 2.33 ERA and 16 complete games in 22 starts.
In 1981, his 14 wins tied for the big league lead, and his .211 batting average against paced all American League starting pitchers. He also ranked second in the AL in both ERA and complete games. For his efforts, McCatty finished second in the 1981 AL Cy Young Award voting behind only future Hall-of-Famer Rollie Fingers of the Brewers.
At the conclusion of his pitching days, from 1989-91, McCatty spent two seasons broadcasting Oakland A's games and one season as a baseball announcer for ESPN.
St. Claire was named Nationals' pitching coach in December 2002. He was the NL East's longest-tenured pitching coach.
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