Jason Motte Speaker Profile
Jason Motte Biography
Jason Motte was born June 22, 1982 in Port Huron, Michigan
and is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Motte graduated from Valley Central High School in 2000 where he was a catcher.
Originally a catcher in the minor leagues, he converted into
a pitcher in 2006 after he broke his thumb and his batting average dropped.
Since then, he has soared in the minor leagues and was added to the Cardinals
40-man roster in early December 2007 to avoid the rule 5 draft as one of the
Cardinals' top pitching prospects. He was called up from the minors on
September 2, 2008.
Motte spent the majority of the 2008 season with the Memphis
Redbirds, the St. Louis Cardinals' Triple-A farm team from the Pacific Coast
League. Motte would go on to have a total of 12 appearances in 2008 with a
microscopic ERA of 0.82 in the big leagues. In 11 innings of relief, Motte
struck out 16 batters, allowed 3 walks, and 5 hits. Motte earned his first save
on September 18 against Cincinnati in their ballpark, getting the final out in
the ninth inning, with a fly ball to left field.
Motte's primary pitch is a fastball, which was clocked in
the upper 90s during 2008. During the 20082009 off-season, he added a slider
as a secondary pitch, which he continues to work on and develop.
During the 2009 spring training camp, Motte competed with
Ryan Franklin and Chris Perez in an attempt to earn the role as the Cardinals'
2009 closer; Manager Tony LaRussa said there would be no closer, and that he
would use a mix of relievers in the ninth inning. Motte was called on to save
the first game. However, when called upon, Motte gave up four runs to the
Pittsburgh Pirates in the ninth inning. Pittsburgh won 64. After this blown
save opportunity, Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa moved Motte into a middle reliever
role, where Motte has been durable and effective. Since blowing the save on
opening day, and despite occasional rough outings (resulting in a 4.59 ERA)
Motte had recorded 14 holds (tied for 5th in all of Major League Baseball) and
has held opponents to a .248 batting average in 41 games through July 12, going
into the 2009 All-Star break.
During the 2011 season, Motte became the primary closer for
the Cardinals. Motte soared as the Cardinals closer in 2011, helping his team
win the Wild Card. Motte pitched in two games against the Philadelphia Phillies
in the 2011 NLDS, where the Cardinals won the series 3 games to 2. Motte also
pitched in 3 games in the 2011 NLCS against team rival the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Cardinals also won this series in 5 games. Motte was on the mound for the
final out of the NLCS winning the Cardinals their 18th pennant. He was also a
member of the Sanford Mainers of the New England Collegiate Baseball League.
Motte is known by his fans as The Sauce and when
he strikes out an opposing batter the fans yell, The Sauce is Boss.
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