- Steve Kline (left-handed pitcher)
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St. Louis Cardinals(by|2001-by|2004)
San Francisco Giants(by|2006-by|2007)
Steven James Kline (born
August 22, 1972in Sunbury, Pennsylvania) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcherwho is currently a free agent. Previous to that he had played for the Cleveland Indians(by|1997), Montreal Expos(1997-by|2000), St. Louis Cardinals(by|2001-by|2004), Baltimore Orioles(by|2005), and San Francisco Giants(by|2006-by|2007). He is not related to Steve Kline, a former MLB right-handedpitcher.
Known for his colorful sound bites, he has accused umpires of favoring the
New York Yankeesand has jokingly said he thought about putting one ump in the "Kobra Klutch".
One of Kline's signature pitches is a sinker that seems to "roll off the kitchen table". He utilized this pitch frequently when serving as a setup man for the St. Louis Cardinals.
During his first week of play with the Orioles, Kline lashed out at his fellow teammates for not supporting him like his Cardinals teammaters had when he said, "I'm so used to (Edgar) Rentería and Jimmy (Edmonds) running down my mistakes and picking me up." He also bashed his home fans when he declared, "There's nothing worse than getting booed at home. St. Louis fans are too good for that. They understand the game more than most people.
Following the 2005 season, in which he posted a 4.28 ERA, Baltimore traded Kline to the Giants for set-up reliever
December 8, 2006, the Giants re-signed Kline to a two year deal.
Kline was used as a left-handed specialist in the 2007 season, pitching in 68 games, and worked 46 innings with a 4.70 ERA and a 1-2 record. After a poor
spring trainingbefore the by|2008 season, Kline was designated for assignmenton March 30and was released on April 5. On April 10, 2008, Kline signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Philliesand was assigned to their Triple-A affliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigsin Allentown, Pennsylvania. On June 9, 2008, Kline was ejected from a game for making contact with an umpire; facing a fine and possible suspension, the Phillies released Kline two days later, on June 11, 2008.
May 13, 2007, while the Giants were routing the Colorado Rockies 15-1, in the 8th inning, Steve Kline gave up a single to Yorvit Torrealba. Torrealba stole second, meaningless to the Giants, and scored on a base hit for the Rockies' second run. Kline told the newspapers he was angry at Torrealba for stealing a base in a 15-1 game, saying "You know what? I'm a dumb hick, and I forget a lot of things, but I'm not gonna forget that." Torrealba responded by saying "What's he gonna do? Hit me with an 84 MPH fastball?" The next time Kline faced the Rockies, on May 26, 2007, Kline hit Torrealba on the first pitch with an 88 MPH fastball. As Torrealba walked to first, he said something angrily to Kline, and the benches cleared. The two had to be restrained by teammates and the umpires while they struggled to fight each other.
*Kline attended college at
West Virginia University
*He is married to Martine Pepin and they have two daughters, Audrey Jade and Mia Rose
*He currently lives in Windfield, Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters.
*His wife is pregnant with their third child.
* [http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=5778 ESPN Player Profile]
* [http://www.insidestl.com/mckernan/index.php?storyid=45 An InsideSTL Interview: Steve Kline]
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