Note: This page is for 1990s player Paul Carey; for the long-time Detroit Tigers broadcaster, click here.
Paul Stephen Carey
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 215 lb.
- School Stanford University
- High School Boston College High School
- Debut May 25, 1993
- Final Game October 2, 1993
- Born January 8, 1968 in Boston, MA USA
Paul Carey is a former major league first baseman and designated hitter who played in 1993 for the Baltimore Orioles. He also managed in the minor leagues from 1998 to 2001. His brother is former NHL goalie Jim Carey.
Prior to playing professionally, Carey attended Boston College High School in Dorchester, MA, and then Stanford University, which he attended from 1987 to 1990. In 1987, he won the 1987 College World Series Most Outstanding Player Award while a freshman outfielder at Stanford. He is one of three players from Stanford University to win the award. The other two are Lee Plemel and John Hudgins. He was inducted into the Stanford University Hall of Fame in 1990. He played for Team USA in the 1989 Intercontinental Cup.
Originally, Carey was drafted in the 27th round of the 1986 amateur draft by the Seattle Mariners out of high school, but he chose not to sign. He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the fourth round of the 1989 amateur draft, but did not sign. After he was drafted by the Miami Miracle of the Florida State League in the fourth round of the 1990 amateur draft, he did sign. 1990 was his first professional season, and for Miami he hit .327 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 153 at-bats.
On March 18, 1991, Carey was purchased by the Orioles from the Miracle. He played for the Hagerstown Suns in 1991, hitting .252 with 12 home runs and 65 RBI. In 1992, his batting average improved as he split the season between the Frederick Keys, Hagerstown and the Rochester Red Wings. In 136 at-bats with the Keys, he hit .301 with nine home runs and 26 RBI. In 163 at-bats with the Suns, he hit .270 with four home runs and 18 RBI. In 87 at-bats with the Red Wings, he hit .230 with one home runs and seven RBI. Overall, Carey hit .272 with 14 home runs and 51 RBI.
Carey spent most of the 1993 season with the Red Wings, hitting .311 with 12 home runs and 50 RBI in 325 at-bats with them. On May 25th, he made his big league debut against Bob Wickman and the rest of the New York Yankees. As the Orioles' DH, he went 1 for 3 in a losing effort. The Yankees won the game, 1-0. He would play in 18 games that season, collecting 10 hits in 47 at-bats for a .213 batting average. He played his final big league game on October 2nd.
Although his big league career was done, his professional career was not. In fact, he played professionally until 1995. In 1994, Carey played for Frederick and Rochester, hitting a combined .279 with 14 home runs and 40 RBI in 226 at-bats. In 1995, he hit .236 with nine home runs and 50 RBI for the Red Wings.
Overall, Carey hit .275 with 65 home runs and 276 RBI in his six year minor league career.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1998||Savannah Sand Gnats||South Atlantic League||66-76||11th||Texas Rangers|
|1999||Savannah Sand Gnats||South Atlantic League||62-78||12th||Texas Rangers|
|2000||Savannah Sand Gnats||South Atlantic League||74-65||4th||Texas Rangers|
|2001||Tulsa Drillers||Texas League||69-70||5th||Texas Rangers|