Randy St. Claire

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Randy Anthony St. Claire

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Biographical Information[edit]

Randy St. Claire was signed as an amateur free agent in 1978 for the Montreal Expos by scout Danny Menendez.

He is remembered for surrendering what was probably the longest home run ever hit in Montreal. On Opening Day of the 1988 season on April 4th, he gave up a blast to Darryl Strawberry of the New York Mets which hit the concrete ring around the roof at Stade Olympique some 200 feet above the right field wall. The ball was hit so far and so hard that television cameras were unable to track the flight of the ball, but the huge crowd inside the stadium was awed.

St. Claire became a minor league pitching coach after retiring. He was with the Stockton Ports in 1996-1997. He moved to the Montreal Expos organization in 1998, coaching the Cape Fear Crocs. He moved up to the Ottawa Lynx from 1999 to 2002.

St. Claire became the Montreal Expos pitching coach in 2003 and remained with the club when they became the Washington Nationals. He was fired by the Nationals in June 2009 and replaced by Steve McCatty. At the time, Washington led the majors in runs allowed (308) and had only converted 8 of 20 save opportunities. In 2010, he was appointed pitching coach of the Florida Marlins, keeping the job until 2012. In 2013, he was the pitching coach of the Las Vegas 51s, the AAA affiliate of the New York Mets. He moved to the Toronto Blue Jays' chain as pitching coach of the Buffalo Bisons in 2014-2015.

He is the son of former major league catcher Ebba St. Claire. His brother, Steve St. Claire, was a pitcher/outfielder in the Montreal Expos chain from 1984 to 1988.

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