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Steve Karsay MLB Career Stats

32-39 4.01 603.1 458 1.38

Steve Karsay Bio

  • Full Name: Stefan Andrew Karsay
  • Born: 3/24/1972 in Flushing, NY
  • Draft: 1990, Toronto Blue Jays, 1st rd. (22nd overall)
  • High School: Christ the King Regional, Queens, NY
  • Debut: August 17, 1993
  • Ret., Final Game: 6/17/2006
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MLB Career Stats 32 39 4.01 357 40 41 603.1 458 1.38


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07/31/2005 Frisco TEX

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Season SV Rank
2000 20 11th in AL
2001 7 23rd in NL
2002 12 14th in AL


Season G Rank
2000 72 7th in AL
2002 78 4th in AL


Season HLD Rank
2000 11 25th in AL
2002 14 13th in AL

Stefan Andrew Karsay Bio Info

Full name is Steven Andrew Karsay...resides in Dallas, Texas...Wife's name is a 1990 graduate of Christ the King High School (Middle Village, New York)...Had signed a letter of intent with Louisiana State university before signing with the toronto organization...raised only 5-minutes from Shea Stadium in Queens, NY...enjoys golfing and fishing. 2005 Returns to Cleveland where he posted a combined erA of 3.23 (223.0ip, 210H, 80er) in 164 games with the tribe over 3 1/2 seasons from 1998-2001...His 72 outings in 2000 are tied for the 5th highest total in franchise history... Has made just 27 appearances since the 2003 season due to various shoulder ailments and has been on the DL 7 times in his career at the big league level...Started season with the new York Yankees, posting no record and a 6.00 (4 er/6.0 ip) in 6 relief appearances after posting a 7.36 erA in 10 spring outings...Allowed 3 runs in 1.0 innings in first outing of the season on April 8 vs. Baltimore, but went on to post a 1.80 erA (1 er/5.0 ip) in final 5 games with new York (AL)...Was designated for assignment on May 3 and released on May 11...Signed by the rangers to a minor league contract on May 15... Combined to go 1-3, 4.81 (33.2 ip, 18 er) with 35 strikeouts in 23 relief appearances for Frisco (AA) and Oklahoma (AAA)...posted a 3.60 erA (2 er/5.0 ip) in 4 games for the roughriders before being placed on the Frisco DL on june 9 with forearm tightness...Was assigned to Oklahoma on june 15, going 0-1, 13.50 (6 er/4.0 ip) in 4 games with the RedHawks...returned to Frisco on june 24, spending the rest of his minor league season with the roughriders...posted an 0.60 erA (1 er/15.0 ip) in his last 9 outings with Frisco, and did not allow an earned run in 11.0 innings over his last 6 texas League appearances...pitched 2.0 innings in the roughriders' combined perfect game on july 28 at Corpus Christi...Contract was purchased from Frisco (AA) on August 4...Made 14 relief appearances for texas, going 0-1, 7.47 (13 er/15.2 ip)...tossed 2.0 scoreless innings in texas debut on August 5 vs. Baltimore...recorded season-high 5.0 scoreless innings over 5 outings from August 11-21, lowering texas erA from 7.71 to 3.72...Allowed 9 runs in 3.2 innings (22.09 erA) over next 5 outings to raise texas erA from 3.72 to 8.78...recorded 2.1 scoreless innings over last 2 outings against Oakland on Sept. 9 and 24. 2004 Appeared in seven games for the Yankees in 2004, posting no record and a 2.70 ERA (6.2IP, 5H, 2ER, 2BB, 4K)...began the season on the 60-day disabled list rehabilitating from right shoulder surgery...made rehab stints with Triple-A Columbus, Double-A Trenton and Single-A Staten Island prior to joining the Yankees in September...with Columbus was 0-0 with a 5.56 ERA in 11 games...was 1-0 with a 7.50 ERA with Trenton and made three perfect appearances with Staten Island...was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list on 9/1...made first appearance since 9/29/02 on 9/2 at Cleveland, allowing lead-off home run to Victor Martinez and then retiring three straight (2K). 2003 Missed the entire season with right shoulder injury...was placed on the 15-day disabled list on 3/30 with bursitis of the right shoulder...had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder to repair a partial tear of his rotator cuff on 5/20...the surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. 2002 In his first season with the Yankees provided depth and consistency from both the set-up and closer roles, going 6-4 with 12 saves and a 3.26 ERA in a career-high 78 appearances...his 88.1IP out of the bullpen were third most in the American League behind only Oaklandbs Billy Koch (92.2) and teammate Ramiro Mendoza (91.2)...his 78 appearances were second most in franchise history behind Mike Stantonbs 79 this season... also was fourth in the A.L. in appearances...retired 51-of-78 first batters faced (65%)...prevented 37-of- 51 inherited runners from scoring (73%)...converted 12-of-16 save opportunities (75%)...made appearances in consecutive games 13 times, three consecutive games seven times, and pitched in four straight games once...was 2-1 with a 3.41 ERA (31.2IP, 12ER) and converted 11 of 13 save opportunities in 27 games with Mariano Rivera on the D.L...made Yankee debut in 4/1 loss at Baltimore, allowing 2ER in 1.0IP (2H, 2BB, 1K)...on 4/28 at Seattle, retired only batter faced with one on and two out in the eighth, recording his first win as a 5/21 win vs. Toronto, pitched 2.1 hitless innings to record his first save as a Yankee (1BB, 3K) 5/24 loss at Boston, tossed season-high 3.2 innings, recording the loss in the 12th (3H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K)...was his longest outing since pitching 5.0 innings of relief on 8/19/99 vs. Texas (with Cleveland)...allowed 5ER in two appearances on 7/3 and 7/5 after allowing 5ER for the entire month of June (12G, 15.0IP)...did not allow a run in 13 appearances from 8/1-27 (14.2IP, 5H, 5BB, 11K)...tossed a perfect ninth inning to record 12th save of the season in the AL East clincher on 9/21 at Detroit...appeared in all four Division Series games versus Anaheim, going 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA (2.2IP, 3H, 2ER, 1K). 2001 Further developed into one of the game's most reliable short-men...for the season was 3-5 with a 2.35 ERA and 8 SV in a career-high 74 relief appearances...was 8-for-12 in save opportunities (67%)...prevented 16-of-19 runners from scoring (84%)...retired 55-of-74 first batters faced (74%)...held righthanded batters to a .203 average (35-for-172) and allowed only 3 HR in 172 at-bats...began the season with Cleveland, going 0-1 with a 1.25 ERA in 31 relief appearances before being traded to Atlanta with RHP Steve Reed in exchange for LHP John Rocker and OF Troy Cameron on 6/22/01...with the Braves was 3-4 with a 3.43 ERA and 7 SV in 43 relief appearances...did not allow a run in 14.0 innings in his first 20 games with Atlanta (6/24-8/11) was 1-1 with a 0.95 ERA (28.1 IP, 3 ER)...did not allow an ER from 8/23-9/20 (12 G, 11.1 IP)...made three appearances in the post season, allowing 1 ER in 5.1 IP (1.69 ERA). 2000 Was 5-9 with a 3.76 ERA and 20 saves in 72 relief appearances with Cleveland...spent the first four months of the season as the Indians closer before the late July acquisition of Bob Wickman relegated him to a late-inning set-up role...was 19-for-24 (79.2%) in save situations before the 7/28 trade for Wickman...was 1-for-5 in five pre-ninth inning save opportunities after the trade (20-for-29, 69.0% on the year)...led the team with 72 appearances, tied for the seventh highest mark among AL relievers and equaled the franchise record by a right-handed pitcher along with Steve Olin, Mike Jackson and Paul Shuey...his nine blown saves were tied for third in the AL behind Troy Percival & Bob Wellbs 10...his nine relief losses led all AL pitchers...42 of his 72 appearances were 1.0 inning stints...saved a career-best seven straight chances from 5/16 to 6/10...struggled after the 7/28 trade, going 2-3 with a 7.27 ERA over 20 appearances (17.1 IP, 27 H, 14 ER, 13 BB, 16 K) from 8/1 thru 9/12 that sent his ERA from 3.09 to final 10 appearances of the season, was 1-1 with one save and a 1.42 ERA (12.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) after 9/12...collected his 20th and final save of the season in a season-high 3.0 inning stint vs. Toronto on 9/29...on the year ML hitters hit .266 (79-for-297) with 5 HR...lefties hit .223 (31-for-139) with 2 HR and righties hit .304 (48-for-158) with 3 HR...allowed only five homers all season in 76.2 innings of work and just one over his last 41 games (43.0 innings)...thirteen (13) of his 25 season walks allowed came in the month of August...walked only one batter in 16.0 September innings. 1999 Had his breakthrough season, going 10-2 with a 2.97 ERA in 50 games (three starts) in his first full season with the Indians...came to spring training penciled to be the long man in the bullpen, but became one of the dominant set up men in the AL as the year went along despite two stints on the disabled list and a brief tenure in the starting rotation...his eight relief wins were the most by a Tribe reliever since Julian Tavarez won 10 in '95 and were tied for fourth in the AL...won 10 consecutive decisions from 4/10 to his last win on 8/19 vs. Texas, his first start of the year, the longest winning streak in the AL in was the longest by an Indian since Fritz Peterson won 10 straight in 1975...the club record is 15 straight by Johnny Allen ('37) & Gaylord Perry ('74)...the streak was halted on 10/1 vs. Toronto, falling him to 10-2 on the year...entered 1999 with seven career ML wins...picked up his first professional save on 6/13 at Cincinnati, working 3.0 shutout innings...was placed on the 15-day disabled list from 7/2-26 with a strained left oblique muscle in his left rib cage...was also on the 15-day DL from 8/25 to 9/21 with a strained tendon in his right forearm...marked his fourth & fifth career stints on the DL at the big league level...after his return from his second DL trip on 9/22 he went 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in five relief appearances (11.0 IP, 14 H, 6 R/ER, 3 BB, 9 K)...was in the starting rotation for three starts from 8/14-24 when Jaret Wright went on the DL...over his three starts he was 2-0 with a 4.15 ERA (13.0 IP, 11 H, 6 ER) before being placed on the D.L. with a strained right forearm tendon after his 3.0 IP (5 ER, 2HR) start at Oakland on 8/24...collected his first victory as starter on 8/14 vs. Baltimore (5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R), his first as a starter since 7/17/97 vs. Kansas City (with Oakland) a reliever was 8-2 with a 2.74 ERA in 47 outings (65.2 IP, 60 H, 20 ER, 60 K)...the 2.74 relief ERA was the sixth best mark in the AL and his eight wins were tied for fourth among league firemen...he held batters to .247 (71-for-287) average against with 6 HR...on the year he was 1-for-3 in save situations and retired 63.8% of his first batters faced (30-of-47)...ten of his 29 inherited runners (34.5%) scored...appeared two Division Series games against Boston and allowed 3 ER in 3.0 IP (5 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR)...was bothered by pain in the forearm and elbow that limited his ability to throw all of his pitches...visited Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, AL after the season and had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow to remove loose bodies (bone chips) and some cartilage on 10/26. 1998 Acquired in the off-season from Oakland, spent the majority of the season starting at Triple-A Buffalo before a late season switch to short relief at the big league level...was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on 3/29 after failing in his bid for the fifth starter spot against Bartolo Colon...started the season in the Buffalo rotation and made six starts before being placed on the disabled list on 5/8 with stiff neck...was activated from the DL on 5/25 and made four more starts before being placed on the DL for the second time at Buffalo on 6/11 with a right shoulder impingement...missed five weeks before being activated on 7/15...made three more starts for the Bisons before being recalled by the Tribe on 7/31 after the Indians went 17.0 IP the night before at Seattle...made his Indians debut in relief that night at Oakland (0.2 IP, 0 R, 1 K)...was tagged with the loss in his second appearance the next day in Oakland on 8/1, allowing a HR to Matt Stairs to lead off the 10th inning...made his only start of the season for the Indians on 8/11 vs. Texas, falling to 0-2 in the 2-1 Texas win (6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, HR)...was optioned back to Buffalo on 8/25...recalled for a second and final time by the Indians on 9/4, making five relief appearances over the final month of the season, going 0-0 with a 8.31 ERA (8.2 IP, 14 H, 8 ER)...following the season he pitched for Santurce in the Puerto Rican League, compiling a mark of 3-1 with a 3.19 ERA in seven games (5 GS, 31.0 IP, 32 H, 11 ER, 4 BB, 25 K). 1997 Acquired from the A's on 12/8 for Mike Fetters, who was acquired earlier in the day from Milwaukee along with Ben McDonald and Mike Fetters in exchange for Marquis Grissom and Jeff Juden...completed his comeback from two elbow surgeries, including "Tommy John" surgery on 6/16/95, as he opened the season in the A's starting rotation...made a team leading 24 starts even though his season ended early on 8/6 when he was placed on the 15-day D.L. with right elbow tendinitis...also led the A's with 92 strikeouts and was second with 132.2 IP...had pitched just 62.0 innings over the previous three seasons because of his elbow problems...his first start on 4/4 vs. New York was his first in the Majors since 4/25/94 at Baltimore...followed that up with another no decision in an A's win, but then went 0-5 with a 5.77 ERA over his next seven starts...struck out a career high 12 and allowed just one run in six innings on 4/26 vs. KC...picked up his first win on 5/23 at Minnesota, tossing a season high 7.2 innings (3 ER, 6 K) was his first victory in the Majors since 4/9/94, also at Minnesota, a span of three years, 43 days between wins...the A's were 7-17 in his 24 starts...won-lost percentage of .200 (3-12) ranked last in the Majors. 1996 Made five spring training appearances with Oakland and was 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA in 6.0 innings...allowed a run on four hits and a walk while striking out four, but ended up spending his entire season at Class-A Modesto...started all 14 of his outings at Modesto but was used sparingly as he came back from elbow surgery, pitching more than three innings just once...walked just one batter while striking out 31 in 34.0 innings...pitched two scoreless innings against San Jose on 4/6, but suffered a minor set back to the elbow and was shut down for nearly two months...returned on 6/1 with a perfect inning at Visalia...did not allow an earned run over his first seven starts (15.0 IP)...last outing came on 8/8 vs. Lake Elsinore. 1995 Came to spring training after missing most of 1994 following arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage damage in his elbow...pitched in three games and was 0-1 with a 23.14 ERA...last outing was on 4/21, a scoreless inning vs. Milwaukee...was placed on the disabled list prior to opening day and remained on the D.L. the entire season following elbow surgery...on 6/16, Dr. James Andrews performed "Tommy John" surgery on his right elbow...he reconstructed the ulnar collateral ligament with a palmaris longus graft and anterior ulnar nerve transposition. 1994 Started the year in the A's rotation and was off to a promising start when elbow problems surfaced and led to surgery which effectively ended his season...Dr. Lewis Yocum performed the arthroscopic surgery 5/10 in Los Angeles to repair cartilage damage...made four starts in April prior to the surgery and was one of the most effective starting pitchers for the A's...had one loss, a 2-0 decision to Roger Clemens at Fenway Park on 4/20...was his first career complete game as he matched Clemens zero for zero for six innings before Boston punched across two seventh inning runs for the win...elbow problems began to surface following that start in Boston. 1993 Started the year at Double-A Knoxville (Toronto Blue Jays) club but by the end of the season was a solid member of the Oakland Athletics starting rotation...traded to the Athletics for Rickey Henderson just minutes prior to the 7/31 trading Knoxville was 8-4 with a 3.38 ERA in 19 games, 18 starts...after the trade just moved over to the A's affiliate in the same league at Huntsville...made two starts at Huntsville and was 0-0 with a 5.14 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 14.0 innings...struckout a season best 13 in his first start with Huntsville on 8/6 vs. Chattanooga...with the two double-A teams combined to go 8-4 with a 3.58 ERA (118.0 IP, 47 ER, 35 BB, 122 K) in 21 games (20 starts) a Baseball America poll was named the Southern League's pitcher with the best control and best breaking ball...was brought to Oakland on 8/16 and he made his ML debut vs. Milwaukee at the Coliseum on 8/17...struckout the first hitter he faced (Pat Listach) and went on to record the win pitching 6.1 innings. 1992 At Dunedin of the Florida State League tossed a one-hitter in his first start of the season 4/13 at Baseball City...did not pitch from 4/24-6/23 due to a sore right elbow...struck out a season-high 13 in win over St. Petersburg on 8/17...was 3-0 with a 1.55 ERA in his last four starts (29.0 IP, 36 K). 1991 In his first full season pitched at Myrtle Beach in the South Atlantic League...wound up 4-9 but struck out 100 hitters in 110.2 innings...struckout a season high 13 in a no decision vs. Asheville 4/27...that fall had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow. 1990 Was Toronto's first round selection (22nd overall) in the June draft...pitched his first summer at St. Catherines in the New York-Penn League and after allowing just 2 ER in 22.2 innings with 25 K was named the league's second best prospect by Baseball America.