David Andrew McCarty was born in Houston, Texas on November 23, 1969. Dave grew up playing the three major sports and attended Sharpstown High School in Houston. Like most Texas athletes, McCarty grew up thinking he would attend the University of Texas but while on a recruiting trip to Stanford he fell in love with the campus, the weather and the quality of education offered there and before he knew it he had accepted a baseball scholarship and became a Stanford Cardinal. In 1991 after hitting .420 with 24 home runs, 66 RBI’s with a .828 slugging percentage McCarty was named as a first team All-American and the NCAA National Player of the Year.
McCarty was the Twins first round pick (third overall behind Brien Taylor and Mike Kelly) in the 1991 June amateur draft and he signed with Minnesota a few weeks later for a $390K bonus. McCarty started his baseball career in “A” ball with Visalia and quickly moved up to AA Orlando. In 1992 McCarty spent most of the season with Orlando but was promoted at the end of the season to AAA Portland where he played in 7 games. McCarty started the 1993 season with Portland but in May the Twins called him up and on May 17, 1993 Dave McCarty made his major league debut at the Metrodome as an outfielder against the New York Yankees. McCarty was 1-4 in his first big league game but the Twins lost 11-5. McCarty stayed with the Twins for the rest of the 1993 season but his relationship with manager Tom Kelly left something to be desired. McCarty started the 1994 season with Minnesota but appeared in only 44 games through the end of June and was sent back to Portland where he finished the 1994 season. McCarty again started the 1995 season in Minnesota but played sparingly and on June 8, 1995 the Twins traded their 1991 first round pick to the Cincinnati Reds for pitcher John Courtright who as it turned out would never spend a day in a Minnesota Twins uniform. McCarty never played for the Reds either and just 6 weeks later they sent him to the San Francisco Giants in a big seven player trade. McCarty played for the Giants 1995-1996, the Mariners in 1998, the Royals in 2000-2002, the Tampa Devil Rays in 2002, the Oakland A’s in 2003 and finished his big league career with the Boston Red Sox between 2003 and 2005 where he ended up earning a World Series ring in 2004 though he did not appear in the playoffs or the World Series that season.
McCarty played 1B/outfield in the major leagues for all or parts of 11 seasons but the most at bats he ever accumulated in a single season was during his rookie year in Minnesota when he had 350. Though he had a strong college hitting career he quickly became labeled as a utility player in the big leagues and was known more for his glove work that his work with the stick. In his big league career McCarty hit .242 in 1,493 at bats with 36 home runs, 175 RBI’s, and had 9 stolen bases. A right-handed hitter, McCarty threw left-handed and was used as a pitcher on 3 occasions with the Boston Red Sox in 2004 pitching a total of 3.2 innings against the Blue Jays, Dodgers and the Orioles. Although he posted a 0-0 record he did have a nice 2.45 ERA and he struck out 4 batters while walking just one batter.
After retiring from baseball as an active player in May of 2005 Dave McCarty joined NESN as the Red Sox baseball analyst where he stayed until the end of the 2008 season. Now days Dave McCarty works in commercial real estate for Lee & Associates in Oakland and lives in the Piedmont, California area with his wife Monica and two children. Monica McCarty is a well-known Scottish historical romance writer who has published numerous books and has been on the New York Times and USA Today best seller lists. In his spare time Dave enjoys playing golf and spending time traveling with his family.
My interview with Dave is 37 minutes in length and took place in August 2012.