St. Pierre finally gets call to big leagues

Max St. Pierre is finally coming to the big leagues. He won’t be the most glamorous September call-up, but he might well be the happiest.

After 978 games over 14 minor league seasons, the longtime Tigers farmhand will join the big club as an extra catcher when rosters expand on Wednesday. The club hadn’t announced the move as of game time Tuesday night, but St. Pierre confirmed to the Toledo Blade after the Mud Hens’ game earlier in the evening that he’ll be joining the club in Minnesota.

For the Tigers, the move gives them a third catcher, something they could’ve used in recent days with Gerald Laird out with a back strain. Laird said Tuesday evening he hoped to be back for Wednesday, but that didn’t diminish the need for insurance.

For St. Pierre, the move is a dream finally fulfilled not only after years of trying, but years of questioning whether it would ever happen. The French Canadian began his pro career as a 17-year-old in 1997, and with the exception of one year in the Brewers organization and a brief stint as a pitcher, has been in the Tigers system ever since. He has made no secret that he kept going for a chance to get to the Majors.

He has been a regular with the Tigers in Spring Training, but has never spent a day on the Major League roster. That is set to change. He’ll have to be added to the 40-man roster in order to be eligible, but the Tigers have an opening there.

St. Pierre batted .274 with 10 home runs and 36 RBIs between Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo, where he has bounced back and forth for the last three seasons. He has been with the Mud Hens for parts of five years.

23 Comments

Whoo-Hoo!!!.
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Good to see a Canuck on the team.
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There have been others, Reno Bertoia, Mike Kilkenny and maybe the best reliever of his day–John Hiller..
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We could have a “Maxed Out” battery tomorrow of Scherzer and St. Pierre!!!
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Wells is playin’.
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Avila is standing in there against the southpaws–robbed of a double there in the 6th.

Man were we ever lucky in the 6th—it could have been a whole lot worse as they definitely had GMan on the ropes. The best pitch of the inning was the 2-0 slider to Repko. Critical pitch.
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I sure wish damon had gone to the Red Sox. He’s an easy out and looks just awful at the plate most ABs. We’re supposed to be excite and even honored that he chose to stay here?

You can certainly “feel” the Twins desire to win this game. I hope we can break their hearts tonight though I much prefer them to the White Sox.
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Can Brandon Inge get us a real clutch hit here in the 7th?

Nope. I’d be pretty pleased to see us win this game but it is starting to feel like we are behind not actually a run ahead.

It’s good to see Verlander conversing with Galarraga. He always used to hang out with Edwin Jackson alot last year. The pitching staff appears to be coming together.

Better go out and talk to Phil Coke.

I am just so, so thrilled to hear that Max St. Pierre is finally getting his chance to be a big-leaguer. His persistence and perseverance has apparently paid off. Even if he only plays in a few games and gets a couple of at bats, he will forever be able to say, “I played in the major leagues.”

Doesn’t that just fill you with confidence to see Ryan Perry running out there. Good luck, Ryan. You’re gonna need it.

Here is Ryan Perry’s biggest test so far.
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Cuddyer has murdered us in the past. I fully expect Perry to come in and walk him or or get hit hard. I hope I am dead wrong.
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Not a very nice job by the over-rated Coke

I hate being right.
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Coke, Perry and Valverde for the late innings next year?
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I think not.

Interesting comment from JL when Perry provided the inevitable bases loaded base on balls. I’ve gotten good at lip reading.
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Our bullpen has let us down many times in the 2nd half.
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Perry can’t handle pressure.
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Coke creates pressure for himself.
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They’d have been better off letting Coke sink or swim. To bring Perry in there is “Hope & Dream” and force the scenario till it eventually works. Something JL has been very stubborn about.
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We sure have an inferiority complex that manifests itself when we play these guys in big games.
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Far be it from me to criticize AJ with the year he has had but his strikeout ratio late in games and behind in runs must be extremely high. It just seems an almost certainty that he will whiff in the 8th or 9th in a close game.
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He will need to cut down on those K’s and particularly the called strike variety.
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I am beyond even caring about Johnny Damon any longer. I actually don’t like the guy. He reminds me of a flim-flam man. Make a good politician or used car salesman maybe.
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The catch by Repko on Avila’s drive turned this game around for the Twins.
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DD better add to his list of starting LHP, catcher, 3B, shortstop, 2B and muscle. You can add a proven late inning reliever to that list.

Boesch PHing for Wells? Now there is an absolutely brilliant managerial decision!

Maybe he’ll make an error in RF, too.

What a bummer.

Geez—typical Tigers Twins “Big Game” outcome. You just knew that when we started stranding base runners after the 1st 2 innings, how this would go.
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No big hits by the offenxe when we needed them and another game when someone just comes in and throws heat while we flail away like Double A hitters. How do we not hit fastballs when we know they are coming?
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This was predictable as soon as Inge missed the inning ending ground ball off of nemesis Delmon Young’s bat in the 6th.
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No confidence in Cokes face when he came in—obviously there was none in Perry’s as it was a lead pipe cinch he would not succeed.
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If Jl had any occassion to blow his top it would be tonight. he should rip a strip off both Coke and Perry. inf fact he should repeat what he called Perry in the dugout to his face.
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This is the kind of game that defines a winner as well as defining a loser.
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On another topic. I would not be surprised to see Wells slump now. He has 3 straight games where he tears the cover off the ball and gets PH for. How does that make a rookie feel?

It makes him feel like it makes us feel. Like we’re being kicked in the a!! by Jim Leland. What a joke. Maybe I’ll have to stop watching for awhile. I just can’t stand how he’s ruined this team.

It’s certainly a lot easier to watch when you don’t expect much. It’s somehow comforting when one’s expectations are met.
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Despite the bad hop single and the ridiculously woeful bullpen performance, the fact remains that we again didn’t score enough runs. Without homers, we never do.
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I got a good chuckle out of the way Gardenhire outmanaged Leyland again. Gardy knew the old guy would pull his hot hitter in favor of the struggling one because of the L-R matchup, and it was like taking candy from a baby. To be fair, Gardy has a far superior club to work with.
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It’s a heck of a night when the best news is that Max St.Pierre has been called up, and don’t get me wrong, I’m as happy for Max as anyone else is.
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I’m really impressed with the Minnesota fans. They pack the place and you can tell by their reactions that they’re actually following the game closely. Some places have fans who, during a tight game in the 8th inning, will get the wave going and ignore what’s happening on the field. The Twins have a first class organization and will be the team to beat for years and years to come.
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Dan, I didn’t see Leyland’s reaction to Perry. Which feed were you watching?
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–Rich

I was watching the MLB.com feed. I can’t repeat what he said but the 1st word started with an F and the 2nd with an A.
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Minny goes out and gets 3 relievers to make sure they win this thing. Whit Sox go out and get Ramirez, and yes, right you are Rich, we call up Max St. Pierre and vacuum the red carpet for Damon.
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Not much reading between the lines is necessary.
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I know the vitriol many of us feel for our manager is more palpable when we lose, and especiallylose like this, but the truth is there are a tonne of Tiger fans that are smart enough to know that even if we win we still need a new manager. You look at him in the dugout and he exudes an essence of losing. How can the players believe in this guy who does not have the finger on the pulse of the team, makes ridiculous decisions, plays guys in situations they are certain to fail in and insults his players to the media when it makes it serves to take the heat off him.
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Never mind the W/L record which should speak for itself.
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The middle inning threat of Thomas and Bonine and the late ining tandem of Coke and Perry are going to be pretty frustrating from here on out.

You can be sure I was listening every time Cabby went up to hit. They were’nt very nice in game 163.
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Still, they are a class organization. Look at all those division flags. sigh……………

My brake light keeps coming on.

Another disappointing loss – what else is new?? It looked good but similar to 2008 we get a lead and don’t tack on any runs – and bang the other teams shows up and beats you by a hair. Same thing different year. And there is no help in site. I know this team isn’t going anywhere but this isn’t even entertaining most of the time.
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In all fairness though Coke has been pretty good this year and I am not sure he deserves the criticism he seems to get on here. Perry on the other hand well – lets just say you never know what you are going to get. We are starting to finally get some starting pitching and our pen has completely fallen apart. Even Valverde isn’t the same guy he used to be – still think that there might be a small injury or something there. He just seemed to lose it so quickley.
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Glad for Max.
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And by the way I wouldn’t want Manny Ramirez anyw
here near my team. He is a cheater a freak and cancer. And not to mention he isn’t that good anymore. I wish he’d take his nasty looking dirty dread locks and go back to the Dominican. He is gross.

Remember, this is the test for 2011, management has pretty much said so. So Rhymes and Wells to me looked good last night. Wells has potential to grow.

I think Coke has been used to much this year. If you believe he is our best reliever (aside from the closer) then you need to let him finish up the 7th. Bringing in Perry with the bases loaded was the biggest mistake. Perry is good when he starts an inning, coming in with guys on base he locks up.

Congrats to Max, enjoy the show. He should get some of Laird’s starts in September while we play out the string.

I would look for Sizemore, Wienhart and maybe Sborz to return. Whatever happened to Ni? Is he hurt?

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