5 Tweets with Seth McClung
There is no need to introduce Brewers fans to the subject of my next twitterview. This one is more of a Sweathog-less "Welcome Back, McClung."
After expecting he would go earlier in the draft, West Virginia native Michael Seth McClung was selected by the Tampa (Devil) Rays in the fifth round of the 1999 amateur draft. He spent the first part of his career in the Rays organization, until being traded to the Brewers in exchange for pitcher Grant Balfour in July 2007. Seth reported to triple-A Nashville and was called up to Miller Park a month later. Seth appeared in 14 games for the Brewers that year, and performed well enough to secure a spot on the roster for the 2008 season.
McClung started 2008 in the bullpen but was moved to the starting rotation by the end of May to replace Carlos Villanueva. After the blockbuster trade that brought C.C. Sabathia to the team, McClung split time with Dave Bush as the No. 5 starter.
All told, McClung appeared in 37 games in 2008 (12 starts) and finished with a 6-6 record and a 4.02 ERA. Coming through in the clutch a few times in 2008 earned Seth the nick name "Big Red." Also, his 6-foot-6, 280-pound stature may have had something to do with it. Seth appeared in more games in 2009 (41), but started only two, compiling a record of 3-3 with a 4.94 ERA.
Seth left the Brewers after the 2009 season and signed a minor-league contract (with an invite to spring training) with the Florida Marlins for 2010. Not producing what the Marlins had hoped, Seth was released in March 2010. Frustrated as he was, Seth decided to take the season off to get his head and body right. In 2011 he gave it another shot and signed with the Texas Rangers. He appeared in 19 games for their triple-A affiliate, the Round Rock Express, before again being released in July.
Seth loves the game of baseball, the city of Milwaukee and Brewers fans. One of the highlights of his career was pitching for the Brewers in the 2008 NLDS. He recently signed a minor-league contract (with an invite to spring training) to rejoin the Brewers. Whether he makes the cut will be determined later, but one thing I can promise you from our interview, is that it won’t be from lack of effort, determination or excitement. Seth patiently waited at his computer for me to catch up Enjoy:
Me: Sorry man ... I'm good to go now ... had to get my teeth cleaned. :) Where do you spend the off-season?
Seth: I live with my wife and two kids in the Tampa Bay area of Florida in the off-season.
Me: I thought there might be a time-zone difference. :) What prompted the time off from the game? Did I see that you coached girls basketball?
Seth: I took 2010 off from baseball to heal up mentally and physically and to spend more time with my family. Leaving the Brewers was hard. And once I got let go by the Marlins I was very fed up with the game. I took the year off and refreshed myself and got myself in position to compete at a high level again. I do coach basketball. I am the girls head coach at Pinellas Park HS. We're rebuilding but the girls work very hard. I really enjoy it.
Me: I'm sure that would be frustrating. Have you added anything new to your pitching repertoire?
Seth: Yea, I have added a little split/change up to my pitching repertoire. Also more of an idea of what I want to do when I pitch.
Me: I was there for "the clincher" in 08. Can you take me back to what you felt being part of something like that?
Seth: It was just amazing, an almost out-of-body experience. It's something I hope to be a part of again!
Me: Brewers fans hope that too:) Do you ever get back to spend any time in WV?
Seth: I don't get back too much, having a family and coaching BB really takes the time. I do want to get back though and do some baseball camps and workshops.
Me: Does it bother you when shows like "South Park" make it seem almost acceptable to pick on gingers? :)
Seth: I am 6'6" 2-something. Feel free to pick on me. LOL
Me: Is coaching basketball the plan when you hang up the spikes?
Seth: I would hope so. I also want to open up a baseball cages/lessons place to go along with www.bigredbball.com
Me: I REALLY appreciate your time Seth. I will post your website on my blog. I truly wish you the best in 2012 and beyond!
Seth: No problem, I am very happy to be back in the Brewers org. I just want to say thanks to all the bloggers, fans and media members who have given me so much love. You guys are a huge reason why players love to play in Milwaukee.
Me: Awesome. I'll pass on your words and your website! Have a good day, man.
You can tell Mr. McClung has a passion for sports, and probably more important, a passion for sharing his knowledge. If you have any interest in baseball instructionals, you can contact him through his website: www.bigredbball.com or follow him on twitter here. And as always, you can follow me on twitter here.
Tim Thompson is a carsalesman, farmer, and huge fan of the Milwaukee Brewers. He lives in Milton area with his wife and two kids. Tim is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.