Former New York Yankees right-hander Steve Karsay will reportedly interview to be the new pitching coach for the New York Mets.
The New York Mets have found a new manager in Carlos Beltrán, and now the priorities are shifting to fill the other vacant spots in the dugout. This incorporates the team’s pitching coach, which is a position most recently occupied by the 82-year-old Phil Regan.
One of the candidates to join Beltrán’s staff in that role is Steve Karsay. This, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Karsay played in the major leagues in 11 separate seasons. This includes playing for the New York Yankees in 2002 and then again from 2004-05.
Karsay also spent time with the Oakland Athletics (1993-94, 1997, 2006), Cleveland Indians (1998-2001), Atlanta Braves (2001) and Texas Rangers (2005). He spent his first three seasons in the majors as a starting pitcher, then transitioned to have a bullpen role for the majority of the time in 1998. Karsay was a fulltime relief pitcher starting in 2000.
Karsay finished his career (357 appearances, 40 starts) with a record of 32-39, an ERA of 4.01, and a WHIP of 1.384. He struck out 458 batters and walked 199 through 603.1 total innings pitched.
As far as his coaching career is concerned, Karsay was hired to be the bullpen coach of the Milwaukee Brewers on Nov. 19 of 2018. He spent the entire 2019 season in that role.
Karsay previously served as the pitching coach of the Columbus Clippers, the Class-AAA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.
If there’s one huge on-field priority the Mets need to fix, it’s the bullpen. This past season, New York’s relievers finished 25th in the majors with a combined 4.95 ERA.