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Returns for sixth campaign, fifth full season, as Nationals pitching coach...since concluding 9-year big league career as a pitcher, is in 18th season as a pitching coach at the professional 2012, Nationals staff paced the NL last season in ERA (3.33), starters ERA (3.40), wins (98), innings pitched (1468.1), batting average against (.237), WHIP (1.22), OBP against (.303), baserunners allowed/9.0 IP (11.28), FIP (3.60) and holds (tied first, 105)...allowed just 594 runs (2nd NL, 3rd MLB) last season, and ultimately, posted MLB's top run differential at +137...ranked 3rd in NL with 1325 strikeouts and 3.20 bullpen ERA...helped Gio Gonzalez post 21-win, 207-strikeout campaign en route to 3rd-place finish in Cy Young voting in 2012...ushered Stephen Strasburg into the big league game...has cultivated a bullpen that has posted a 3.24 ERA in 3 complete seasons as Nationals pitching that same 3-year stretch, only the Braves (2.95), Padres (3.02) and Giants (3.19) have registered a lower bullpen ERA...meanwhile, day of pitch to contact have ended as strikeout rate of the starting staff has risen from 5.6 per 9.0 innings in '10, to 5.7 in '11 to 8.1 in '12...joined Washington's big league staff as pitching coach on June 2, 2009, after serving the first 2 months of that season in the same role with Triple-A Syracuse...replaced Randy St. Claire as Nationals pitching coach...spent 3-plus seasons (2006-09) as Nationals' Triple-A pitching coach...began coaching career with a 7-year stint with DET that culminated upon being appointed Tigers pitching coach in 2002... during '02 season, worked with a young staff that included Jeff Weaver and Mike Maroth and tallied 11 complete games (3rd in AL), 463 walks (5th-fewest in AL) and 163 home runs (5th in AL)...from 2003-05, enjoyed a 3-year term (2003-05) as pitching coach for Triple-A Ottawa in the Orioles organization...spent 3 seasons, 1989-91, broadcasting A's games and one season an analyst for ESPN.

Went 63-63 with 5 saves and 3.99 ERA in 221 games/161 starts during 9-year (1977-85) career with the Athletics...tallied 3 double-digit win seasons...won 11 games in 1979, then claimed 14 victories in both 1980 and '81...posted finest campaign in 1981...joined Mike Norris, Rick Langford and Matt Keough on vaunted A's starting staff...finished 14-7 with 2.33 ERA (credited with AL-leading 2.32 ERA due to stat formula used) and 16 complete games in just 22 starts in 1981...with 84 points/6 first-place votes, finished second in the 1981 AL Cy Young Award voting behind only MIL's Rollie Fingers (126 points/22 first-place votes)...14 wins in '81 tied for big league lead, and .211 batting average against paced all AL starting pitchers...ranked 2nd in complete 2 post-season starts in 1981, went 1-1 with a 4.38 ERA...went the distance, allowed one run on 6 hits, to earn the win in Game 2 of the ALDS at KCR...took the loss in Game 2 of the ALDS at NYY, allowing 5 runs in 3.1 1980, ranked 9th in the AL by allowing only 8.2 hits per 9.0 innings pitched...signed with OAK as amateur free agent in '73.

Steven Earl McCatty...graduated from Troy (MI) High in 1972...was All-League, All-Detroit North and All-Oakland County baseball player...also played basketball...attended Macomb (MI) Community College...served as technical consultant for Disney movie "Angels in the Outfield"...enjoys golfing and fishing...son, Shane, is a righthander and was selected by the Nationals in the 34th round of 2009 First-Year Player Draft and currently plays in Washington's system.

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