'Pen coach Karsay reportedly stepping aside

January 12th, 2022

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers reportedly will see some more changes to their coaching staff in 2022.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on Wednesday that bullpen coach Steve Karsay is stepping aside due to family considerations following three seasons on manager Craig Counsell’s staff.

Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns said he could not comment at this point on that report.  

The club already had made a couple of changes on the staff, hiring Ozzie Timmons and Connor Dawson as co-hitting coaches in November to replace Andy Haines and assistant Jacob Cruz. The rest of the coaches, including Karsay, were expected at that time to return for 2022.

Karsay, 49, pitched for five teams during a Major League career that spanned 1993-2005. He coached seven seasons in Cleveland’s Minor League chain before the Brewers hired him for the big league staff in November 2018, putting Karsay at the helm of a Josh Hader-led bullpen that led the National League in strikeouts in 2019 and ’20 before finishing third in the league and fourth in MLB in ’21.

Additionally, the newspaper reported that the Brewers were considering a position on the big league staff for Class A Wisconsin manager Matt Erickson, a former Milwaukee utility man who has coached or managed in the Minor League system for the last 13 years. Stearns also declined to comment on Erickson’s status.