Steven Allen Rosenberg
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 0", Weight 186 lb.
- School University of Florida
- High School Coral Springs High School
- Debut June 4, 1988
- Final Game May 26, 1991
- Born October 31, 1964 in Brooklyn, NY USA
Steve Rosenberg was 2-2 with a 2.06 ERA for the University of Florida in 1985 and followed with a 5-4, 4.81 season. The New York Yankees picked him in the 4th round of the 1986 amateur draft. He signed with the Yankees and scout Brian Sabean and was assigned to the Oneonta Yankees, where he saved 3 of the 4 games in which he appeared, striking out 10 and allowing 4 hits and 1 run in 9 innings. Promoted to the Fort Lauderdale Yankees, he was 6-1 with 3 saves and a 2.12 ERA in 25 outings.
Rosenberg continued his rapid rise through the Yankee chain in 1987, going 4-4 with 15 saves and a 2.25 ERA for the Albany-Colonie Yankees and getting promoted to the Columbus Clippers. The 22-year-old did okay in AAA, with a 4-1 record, 2 saves and a 4.08 ERA.
That fall, Steve was dealt with Dan Pasqua and Mark Salas to the Chicago White Sox for Richard Dotson and Scott Nielsen. Chicago initially assigned him to the Vancouver Canadians, where he went 2-0 with 3 saves and a 3.33 ERA in 20 appearances in early 1988. Called up to Chicago in early June, Rosenberg was 0-1 with 1 save and a 4.30 ERA for the White Sox. That winter, he was 1-4 with a 4.10 ERA for the Lobos de Arecibo.
Converted to a starter, Rosenberg had his only full year in the majors in 1989 but his 4-13, 4.94 line meant that he led Chicago in defeats. He returned to Arecibo that winter. Rosenberg was with Chicago in May of 1990, going 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 6 games. He spent most of the year back in Vancouver, where he was 6-5 with 8 saves and a 3.57 ERA in 40 games, only 7 of them starts.
The next spring, in 1991, Steve was dealt to the San Diego Padres with Adam Peterson in exchange for Joey Cora, Warren Newson and Kevin Garner. For San Diego, he was 1-1 with a 6.94 ERA in 10 games but spent most of the year with the Las Vegas Stars (2-4, 7.54, 95 H in 68 IP). He was traded to the New York Mets for Jeff Gardner that winter. His career line for the major leagues was 6-15, 4.94 in 87 outings.
Never pitching in the Mets system, Rosenberg resurfaced briefly with the 1993 Riverside Pilots, a Seattle Mariners affiliate. He pitched in 6 games, striking out 13 in 8 innings and allowing 1 run, picking up 1 save.
Sources: 1987-1994 Baseball Almanacs, Thebaseballcube.com for college stats, The Big Book of Jewish Baseball by Peter Horvitz and Joachim Horvitz (the Horvitz book claims that Rosenberg pitched 10 complete games in the 1985 NCAA postseason - this is incorrect; he pitched one such outing)