Just one day after pitching the last two scoreless innings of the A's 17-inning victory against the Dodgers and earning the win, it has been announced that Steve Karsay has announced his retirement, after having been with the club for approximately one month. Karsay appeared in 9 games since re-joining the Athletics, going 1-0 with a 5.79 ERA. For his career, Karsay ends with a record of 32-39, and a 4.01 ERA.
For me, my memories of Karsay hail back to the mid 1990s, when he was one of the better pitchers one some very questionable A's teams. In fact, in 1997, he had a record of 3-12, and a 5.77 ERA, but led the team in starts, with 24, and strikeouts, with 92. As an A's fan, he was just about the only guy who could dominate on MLB 98 on the Sony Playstation. I, with significant bias, started him nearly every game I played, and he always gave us a great chance to win.
As was said on KICU 36 after today's victory, we wish him the best in his second life, after baseball.
Official Press Release: A's Reliever Karsay Announces Retirement