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St. Claire holds no grudges

Mar 16, 2010, 8:36 PM EST

Photo by Rachel Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Randy St. Claire caught on quickly with the Marlins after getting fired by the Nats.

VIERA, Fla. — Since the day he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Montreal Expos in 1978, Randy St. Claire had never spent a summer at home in Lake George, N.Y. For 30 years, he found himself pitching in some minor-league town or (in good times) in the majors, then later coaching both in the minors and eventually the majors.

So upon getting the news June 2 that he had been fired by the Nationals, St. Claire wasn't exactly sure what to do. He drove back home to Lake George, north of Albany, and contemplated a quiet summer with his wife, Elizabeth.

That didn't last long. So accustomed to a life in motion, whether on a baseball field or a snowy upstate New York snowmobiling track, St. Claire knew he needed to do something to keep himself busy and his mind off the fact he was now unemployed.

"I can't sit around," he said. "That's just my personality flaw. I've got to be doing something. Always."

So St. Claire decided to build a small addition to his house. Which, as is often the case with construction, turned into a far more complicated project than originally anticipated. The next thing heRead more »

  1. peric - Mar 16, 2010 at 8:52 PM

    Great article Mark! Wonder what he thinks about the current incarnation of the Nats pitching staff?

  2. natsfan1a - Mar 16, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    Second that. I love these pieces. It's good to know that he landed on his feet.

  3. natsfan1a - Mar 16, 2010 at 8:57 PM

    I think I had a misfire there.I second peric. I love these pieces!Good to know that the Saint landed on his feet, although I figured that he would.

  4. Pedro G. - Mar 16, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    Nice to hear St. Claire is still doing what he loves to do. And in terms of Nats history, he will be remembered for doing a lot with not much.

  5. natsfan1a - Mar 16, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    Oops, sorry about the dp. I agree re. Nats history.

  6. Traveler8 - Mar 16, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    Good piece, thanks Mark.

  7. Doc - Mar 16, 2010 at 11:25 PM

    Great article MarkMeister! I followed The Saint when he was pitching in Montrel. He still is one of the best, if not the best, pitching coach in BB. I think the Nats lost a good one. The pitching last year was a problem nobody could solve—not even a Saint!!!!

  8. Anonymous - Mar 17, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    Mark,Who is Rachel Zuckerman?

  9. Mark Zuckerman - Mar 17, 2010 at 12:47 AM

    Anon: My "special assignment photographer." Also known as my wife. :)

  10. Doc - Mar 17, 2010 at 2:01 AM

    Behind every great man, is a great woman! Hope you're helping her with the cooking and the dishes, Mark.

  11. natsfan1a - Mar 17, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Go get 'em, Rachel! :-)

  12. bluejeener - Mar 17, 2010 at 11:08 PM

    This was a treat, I love keeping tabs on our original Nats. Didn't know that St Claire was an upstate NY'er.

  13. Sildenafil Citrate - Sep 13, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    I have following Randy St. Claire's career and I am really impressed by all his success and achievements, they guy can be stubborn sometimes, but he does know what he is doing!

  14. forgery - May 24, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Excellent read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on this topic.

  15. instantinsurance - Jan 14, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    wow great i have read many articles about this topic and everytime i learn something new i dont think it will ever stop always new info , Thanks for all of your hard work! Sellers





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