St. Claire new pitching coach for Mets affiliate

Whitehall native Randy St. Claire is the new pitching coach of the Mets' Triple A affiliate in Las Vegas.

Whitehall native Randy St. Claire is the new pitching coach of the Mets’ Triple A affiliate in Las Vegas.

Randy St. Claire is headed to Las Vegas.

The Whitehall native was named the pitching coach of the Las Vegas 51s of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League on Monday. The 51s are a new affiliate of the New York Mets.

St. Claire, who has worked as a Major League pitching coach for the past decade, was fired last year by the Miami Marlins in a fire sale that saw most of the coaching staff let go and several of the team’s top players shipped elsewhere.

St. Claire has worked in professional baseball for more than three decades. He debuted with the Montreal Expos in 1984 and pitched for the Expos, Minnesota, Atlanta, Cincinnati and Toronto during a nine-year career.

He was hired as pitching coach of the Expos in 2003 and followed the team to Washington D.C. in 2005 before moving on to the Marlins job in 2010.

He reportedly received interested from the Boston Red Sox to become their next pitching coach, but they ultimately signed Juan Nieves.

The 51s are managed by former Met Wally Backman, with whom St. Claire played with in 1989.

 

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