David Adam LaRoche (born November 6, 1979) is an American former professional baseball first baseman who played 12 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB). He played for the Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Nationals and Chicago White Sox. He is the son of pitcher Dave LaRoche and the brother of third baseman Andy LaRoche.
LaRoche with the Chicago White Sox in 2015
|Born: November 6, 1979|
Orange County, California
|April 7, 2004, for the Atlanta Braves|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 2, 2015, for the Chicago White Sox|
|Runs batted in||882|
|Career highlights and awards|
Adam LaRoche was a 1998 graduate of Fort Scott High School in Fort Scott, Kansas, where he played baseball. He was named an All-American in baseball as a senior. His uncle, Dave Regan, was his high school head coach. He played for his father, Dave, at Fort Scott Community College in 1999 before transferring to Seminole Community College in Seminole, Oklahoma in 2000, where he was an All-American and the MVP of the Junior College World Series.
For the start of the 2004 season, the Braves made LaRoche, who had not yet made his major league debut, their starting first baseman. The left-handed LaRoche platooned with 46-year-old veteran Julio Franco and put up a respectable .278 rookie batting average. LaRoche demonstrated his strong defensive skills at first base, but also a lack of speed running the bases.
LaRoche again platooned with Franco in 2005. While he did hit 22 home runs, LaRoche had a very streaky season. He hit .385 in his final 17 games of the year, but just .105 in the 19 games that preceded that streak. He batted .500 with a grand slam in the Braves 2005 NLDS Series against the Houston Astros. With the offseason departure of Franco, LaRoche became the Braves sole starter at first base in 2006.
On May 15, 2006, LaRoche garnered the contempt of Braves fans, players, and management after a play in which he fielded a routine grounder and lackadaisically jogged to first, and was beaten to the bag by Nick Johnson. LaRoche was heavily booed by the crowd (which continued for some time in the following games) and was benched for the play.
On May 28, 2006, LaRoche contributed two of the Braves' record eight home runs in a remarkable win against the Chicago Cubs. In addition, in a wild game against the San Diego Padres on July 14, 2006, LaRoche hit two more home runs and had five RBIs to help the Braves to a 15–12, 11-inning win. He finished the year with a .285 average, 32 home runs, and 90 RBIs — all career-bests.
On May 13, 2009, LaRoche became the first player in major league history to have a home run taken away through the use of video replay.
LaRoche was traded to the Boston Red Sox for minor league pitcher Hunter Strickland and shortstop Argenis Díaz. In six games, LaRoche would go on to hit one home run and three RBIs, with an average of .263. During his brief tenure in Boston, LaRoche lived with his teammate J. D. Drew in Drew's home in Boston.
On July 31, 2009, after only spending six games with Boston he was dealt back to his former Atlanta Braves for first baseman Casey Kotchman. LaRoche was traded by Boston in order to cut payroll and the belief that Kotchman would be a better pinch hitter than LaRoche would.
On January 14, 2010, LaRoche agreed to a 1-year, $4.5 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. His deal included a $7.5 million mutual option with a $1.5 million buyout. In his 1-year tenure with the Diamondbacks, LaRoche hit .261 with 25 home runs and 100 RBI in 151 games.
On January 4, 2011, LaRoche agreed to a 2-year contract with the Washington Nationals. His contract paid him $7 million in 2011 and $8 million in 2012 with a mutual option for $10 million in 2013. On April 7, LaRoche hit his first home run as a member of the Nationals, a game-winning two-run home run off Florida Marlins reliever Edward Mujica in the 11th inning of a 5–3 Nationals win. His 2011 season ended with labrum surgery on his left shoulder with career-low batting numbers of .172/.288/.258 (BA/OBP/SLG).
LaRoche's 2012 season began much more successfully, hitting .329 in April. He was a consistent bat throughout the season, driving in no fewer than 12 runs each month from April to August.
LaRoche accomplished a rare feat in early September when he homered in each game of a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs (and hit five home runs overall). The only other players to match this feat are Hall-of-Fame sluggers Babe Ruth, Hank Greenberg, Yogi Berra, Johnny Bench, and Mike Schmidt.
On October 2, LaRoche reached two personal milestones. He hit his career-high 33rd home run, in the process tying a career high of 100 RBI. He earned his first Gold Glove and the Silver Slugger Award.
LaRoche declined his $13.3 million 2013 option on November 1 and became a free agent. Since the Nationals exercised their half, LaRoche wasn't paid a $1 million buyout.
On January 8, 2013, LaRoche signed a 2-year, $24 million contract to remain with the Nationals, that included a mutual option for 2015. LaRoche had a down year in 2013, hitting .237 with 20 home runs and 62 RBI in 152 games.
LaRoche had a bounce back season in 2014, hitting .259 with 26 home runs and 92 RBI in 140 games. After the Nats were eliminated in the NLDS by the San Francisco Giants, the Nats announced they would not pick up LaRoche's $15.3MM option, with the intent of moving Ryan Zimmerman to first base.
On November 25, 2014, the Chicago White Sox announced that LaRoche had been signed to a two–year, $25 million contract. LaRoche hit his 250th career home run off Detroit Tigers reliever Joakim Soria in a 4-3 White Sox win on June 6, 2015.
On March 15, 2016, LaRoche said that he intended to "step away from baseball." He said that he would honor a request from teammates to reconsider his retirement for a day or two before making an official announcement. On the next day, it was revealed that LaRoche's reason for a possible retirement was that the White Sox had placed a restriction on his 14-year-old son entering the team's clubhouse every day. By retiring, LaRoche walked away from a $13 million contract. The following day, teammates were close to boycotting their spring training game until manager Robin Ventura stepped in and told the players to play. White Sox executive vice president Kenny Williams defended his request by stating "name one job in the country where you can bring your child to work every day."
LaRoche and his wife Jennifer have a daughter, Montana, and a son, Drake. His hobbies include fishing, hunting, and golf. He is the son of former Major League pitcher Dave LaRoche and older brother of Andy LaRoche.
LaRoche suffers from ADHD that was diagnosed during his high school years, which occasionally leads to on field blunders such as in a game against the Washington Nationals in 2006, when he picked up a Nick Johnson ground ball that should have resulted in the third out of the inning, but did not move quickly to step on first base. Johnson beat LaRoche to the base; the inning continued, and the Nationals scored four unearned runs. Washington won 8-1, and LaRoche was benched for the next game.
LaRoche is one of the co-owners of Outdoor Networks hunting show Buck Commander with friends and pro athletes Chipper Jones, Ryan Langerhans, Tom Martin, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Willie Robertson who is from the Duck Commander series.
LaRoche is a devout Christian who helped the Washington Nationals promote "Faith Day" at Nationals Park along with teammates Denard Span and Ian Desmond. LaRoche was raised Christian but did not embrace his faith until asking himself, "Why are we here? What is our purpose on this earth?" He believes the answer is "to spread God’s word" and told the Washington Times, "I heard one chaplain put it this way: What do you want written on your tombstone? Do you want ‘Adam LaRoche: Gold Glove, batting average, hit so many homers, and has a million dollars in his bank account,’ or do you want ‘Adam LaRoche: Man of God, integrity, raised a great family, loving.’ Let’s be honest: I don’t know anybody who wants their stats."
The 2004 Atlanta Braves season marked the franchise's 39th season in Atlanta and 134th overall. The Braves won their 13th consecutive division title under Manager of the Year Bobby Cox, finishing 10 games ahead of the second-place Philadelphia Phillies. The Braves lost the 2004 Divisional Series to the Houston Astros, 3 games to 2.
J. D. Drew replaced Gary Sheffield (lost to the Yankees in free agency) in the outfield, free agent John Thomson joined the rotation, and rookies Adam LaRoche and Charles Thomas saw significant playing time on a younger 2004 Braves team.2004 National League Division Series
The 2004 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2004 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 5, and ended on Monday, October 11, with the champions of the three NL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. They were:
(1) St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champion, 105–57) vs. (3) Los Angeles Dodgers (Western Division champion, 93–69): Cardinals win series, 3–1.
(2) Atlanta Braves (Eastern Division champion, 96–66) vs. (4) Houston Astros (Wild Card, 92–70): Astros win series, 3–2.The higher seed (in parentheses) had the home field advantage. Although the team with the best record was normally intended to play the wild card team, the Cardinals played the Dodgers, rather than the wild card Astros, because the Cardinals and Astros are in the same division.
The St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros went on to meet in the NL Championship Series (NLCS). The Cardinals became the National League champion, and lost to the American League champion Boston Red Sox in the 2004 World Series.2005 Atlanta Braves season
The 2005 Atlanta Braves season marked the franchise's 40th season in Atlanta and the 135th season overall. The Braves won their 14th consecutive division title under Manager of the Year Bobby Cox, finishing 10 games ahead of the second-place Philadelphia Phillies. This was Atlanta's final division title in their consecutive run. The Braves lost the 2005 Divisional Series to the Houston Astros, 3 games to 1.
Tim Hudson joined the Braves' rotation and rookies Jeff Francoeur, Kelly Johnson and Brian McCann had their first seasons with Atlanta in 2005.2005 National League Division Series
The 2005 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2005 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 4, and ended on Sunday, October 9, with the champions of the three NL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. They were:
(1) St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champions, 100–62) vs. (3) San Diego Padres (Western Division champions, 82–80): Cardinals win series, 3–0.
(2) Atlanta Braves (Eastern Division champions, 90–72) vs. (4) Houston Astros (Wild Card, 89–73): Astros win series, 3–1.The higher seed (in parentheses) had the home field advantage, which was determined by playing record. Although the team with the best record was normally intended to play the wild card team, the Cardinals played the Padres, rather than the wild card Astros, because the Cardinals and Astros are in the same division.
The Cardinals and Astros went on to meet in the NL Championship Series (NLCS). The Astros became the National League champion, and lost to the American League champion Chicago White Sox in the 2005 World Series.2009 Boston Red Sox season
The 2009 Boston Red Sox season was the 109th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished second in the American League East with a record of 95 wins and 67 losses, eight games behind the New York Yankees. The Red Sox qualified for the postseason as the AL wild card, but were swept by the American League West champion Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the ALDS.2012 National League Division Series
The 2012 National League Division Series were two best-of-five game series to determine the participating teams in the 2012 National League Championship Series. The three divisional winners and a fourth team—the winner of a one-game Wild Card playoff—played in two separate series.
This series with the Washington Nationals was their first playoff berth since moving to Washington D.C. and the first franchise playoff berth since 1981 when they were the Montreal Expos. TBS carried most of the games, with some on TNT. The Wild Card Game was held on October 5, 2012. The series used the 2–3 format (three consecutive games at home for the team with home field advantage preceded by two consecutive games at home for the other team) for 2012 because Major League Baseball implemented the second wild card slot on March 2, 2012, long after the 2012 regular season schedule had been set, leaving no room for the 2–2–1 format which requires a travel day between Games 4 and 5. The 2–3 format was used for best-of-five Championship Series prior to 1985 and for the Division Series from 1995 to 1997. The matchups for the 2012 NLDS were:
(1) Washington Nationals (East Division champions, 98–64) vs. (4) St. Louis Cardinals (Wild Card Game winner, 88–74): Cardinals win series, 3–2.
(2) Cincinnati Reds (Central Division champions, 97–65) vs. (3) San Francisco Giants (West Division champions, 94–68): Giants win series, 3–2.Both series saw the first postseason meetings between the respective clubs and both went to the maximum five games.2012 Washington Nationals season
The Washington Nationals' 2012 season was the eighth season for the baseball franchise of Major League Baseball in the District of Columbia, the fifth season at Nationals Park, and the 44th since the original team was started in Montreal, Quebec. After finishing the previous season in third place with an 80–81 record, out of last place in the NL East for the second time since moving to Washington, the Nationals made several moves to pursue playoff contention in 2012 and beyond. Despite being plagued with injuries, the Nationals had an impressive start to the season, never dropping below the .500 mark and consistently holding first or second place in their division. On September 3, the Nationals won their 82nd game of the season, making this season their first winning season since moving to Washington, D.C. in 2005 and the first for the franchise since 2003. On September 20, the Nationals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers to clinch the franchise's first postseason berth since 1981, and the first for a Washington-based team since the Washington Senators won the American League pennant in 1933. On October 1, the Nationals clinched the National League East division. On October 3, they went on to clinch the best record in Major League Baseball at 98-64. They finished the season with a 98-64 record and played the St. Louis Cardinals in the Divisional Series. On October 12, in Game 5 of the NLDS, they lost to the Cardinals 9-7 and were eliminated.2015 Chicago White Sox season
The 2015 Chicago White Sox season was the club's 116th season in Chicago and 115th in the American League.Andy LaRoche
Andrew Christian LaRoche (born September 13, 1983) is an American former professional baseball third baseman. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays.
LaRoche is the son of Dave LaRoche, a former Major League Baseball pitcher for the California Angels, and brother of former first baseman and designated hitter Adam LaRoche.Argenis Díaz
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The Danville Braves are a minor league baseball team in Danville, Virginia. They are an Advanced Rookie-level team in the Appalachian League and have been a farm team of the Atlanta Braves since 1982. Since 1993, the Braves have played home games at American Legion Post 325 Field. Opened in 1993, Legion Field seats 2,588 fans. Previously, they played at Calfee Park in Pulaski.
On September 3, 2006, Danville won their first ever Appalachian League championship, defeating the Elizabethton Twins 2 games to 1, in a best of three series. On September 3, 2009, Danville won their second Appalachian League championship, again defeating the Elizabethton Twins, this time two games to zero.
The Danville Braves mascot is a large, green bird named Blooper.Dave LaRoche
David Eugene LaRoche (born May 14, 1948) is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher and current pitching coach for the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. LaRoche is most famous for throwing his own variant of the eephus pitch, which he called "La Lob". Over his career, LaRoche went 65–58, with 819 strikeouts in 1,0491⁄3 innings pitched. He has a career 3.53 ERA.
Before retiring from baseball following the 2015 season, LaRoche was the pitching coach for the New York Mets' short-season affiliate, the Brooklyn Cyclones. He is the father of former MLB players Adam LaRoche and Andy LaRoche.Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference
The Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference is a college athletic conference that is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association. As of 2007, the KJCCC was home to more than 3,000 student-athletes in the 19 men's and women's sports.Kansas Stars
The Kansas Stars are an independent baseball team based in Wichita, Kansas, in the United States. The Stars were formed in 2016 to take part in the 2016 National Baseball Congress World Series, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball.
The Kansas Stars were started by ex-MLB players Adam Laroche and Nate Robertson and sponsored by the Kansas Star Casino.The Stars finished third in the 2016 National Baseball Congress World Series, losing in the semifinals to the Hays Larks in 17 innings by a score of 9-6. The Stars returned the following year and claimed the 2017 championship. When playing, the majority of the Stars wear the uniform of one of the major league teams they played for but wear the Kansas Stars team cap.
The Stars announced in October of 2017 that they would not play in the 2018 NBC World Series.List of Major League Baseball career putouts leaders
In baseball statistics, a putout (denoted by PO or fly out when appropriate) is given to a defensive player who records an out by a Tagging a runner with the ball when he is not touching a base (a tagout), catching a batted or thrown ball and tagging a base to put out a batter or runner (a Force out), catching a thrown ball and tagging a base to record an out on an appeal play, catching a third strike (a strikeout), catching a batted ball on the fly (a flyout), or being positioned closest to a runner called out for interference.
Jake Beckley is the all-time leader in career putouts with 23,743. Cap Anson (22,572), Ed Konetchy (21,378), Eddie Murray (21,265), Charlie Grimm (20,722), and Stuffy McInnis (20,120) are the only other players to record 20,000 career putouts.List of Major League Baseball career strikeouts by batters leaders
In baseball, a strikeout (or strike-out) occurs when a batter accumulates three strikes during a time at bat (i.e. the batter fails to hit the ball in three successive pitches). It usually means the batter is out. A strikeout is a statistic recorded for both pitchers and batters, and is denoted by K.Reggie Jackson holds the record for the most career strikeouts by a batter with 2,597. Jim Thome (2,548), Adam Dunn (2,379), Sammy Sosa (2,306), Alex Rodriguez (2,287) and Andres Galarraga (2,003) are the only other hitters to strikeout over 2,000 times.List of people from Orange County, California
The following is a list of notable Orange County residents, past and present:
Scott Aukerman, comedian, writer
Gene Autry, singer-actor, longtime owner of Angels baseball team (born in Texas)
Avenged Sevenfold, rock band
Amanda Beard, Olympic swimmer
Gregory Benford, science fiction author and astrophysicist
Jimmy Bennett, actor
Nate Berkus, designer and TV personality
Joey Bishop, comedian and actor (born in Pennsylvania)
Aloe Blacc, singer
James P. Blaylock, fantasy author
Farzad Bonyadi, professional poker player
Marlon Brando, film and stage actor (born in Nebraska)
Donald Bren, chairman of the Irvine Company
Jackson Browne, musician
Kobe Bryant, NBA player (born in Pennsylvania)
Jeff Buckley, singer, songwriter, musician
James Cameron, film director (born in Canada)
Michael Carona, sheriff
Gary Carter, MLB player, member of Hall of Fame
Michael Chang, professional tennis player (born in New Jersey)
Marc Cherry, creator and executive producer of Desperate Housewives
Dongfan Chung, stole space technology for the People's Republic of China,
Sasha Cohen, figure skater
Lauren Conrad, TV personality (The Hills)
Pamela Courson, wife of Doors frontman Jim Morrison
Kevin Costner, actor, director
Christopher Cox, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission chairman
Allen Craig, baseball player
Valorie Curry, actress
Dick Dale, musician
Lindsay Davenport, professional tennis player
Phil Dent, professional tennis player
Kiev (band), indie rock band
Taylor Dent, professional tennis player
Philip K. Dick, author and futurist (born in Illinois)
Walt Disney, creator of Disneyland theme park (born in Illinois)
Susan Egan, actress, singer
Sean Faircloth, executive director of Secular Coalition for America, former Majority Whip of Maine House
Jim Fassel, pro football coach
Leo Fender, inventor of the solid-body electric guitar
Will Ferrell, comedian and actor
Julie Foudy, soccer player
Paul Frank, clothes designer
Jeremy Gable, playwright
Adam Yahiye Gadahn, spokesman for Al Qaeda, first American charged with treason since 1952
Jim Gilchrist, politician
Cuba Gooding Jr, actor
Bobby Hatfield, singer, The Righteous Brothers (born in Wisconsin)
Maharaja Sir Yeshwant Rao Holkar II, ruler of Indore from 1926 to 1961 (lived in Santa Ana from 1938–9). 
Usha Devi Maharani Sahiba Holkar XV Bahadur, current ruler of Indore since 1961 (grew up in Santa Ana)
Dexter Holland, musician and singer (The Offspring)
Phil Hughes, baseball player
Nyjah Huston, professional skateboarder
Kevin Jepsen, baseball player
Stanley Johnson, NBA Player
Diane Keaton, actress and author (born in Los Angeles)
Dani Daniels, pornographic actress and director
Jürgen Klinsmann, player and coach for Germany's national football (soccer) team
Dean Koontz, horror author (born in Pennsylvania)
Mark Kotsay, baseball player
Iris Kyle, 10-time overall Ms. Olympia professional bodybuilder
Devinn Lane, porn star
Tommy Lasorda, Hall of Fame manager of Los Angeles Dodgers (born in Pennsylvania)
Adam LaRoche, Washington Nationals first baseman
Jason Lee, professional skateboarder and actor
Crystal Lewis, Christian singer
Penny Marshall, actress and director (born in New York)
Steve Martin, comedian, actor, author, musician (born in Texas)
Jennette McCurdy, actress and singer
Scott McGehee, filmmaker
Glenn L. Martin, aviation pioneer
Mark McGwire, baseball player and coach
Mike Ness, a pioneer in O.C. punk music (Social Distortion)
Richard Nixon, Vice President and 37th President of the United States
Dan O'Mahony, singer, author, activist, journalist
Alex Odeh, murdered Arab-American activist
Tito Ortiz, mixed martial arts fighter
Donny Osmond, singer and actor (born in Utah)
Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin of John F. Kennedy (stationed at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in 1957 and 1958-9)
Michelle Pfeiffer, actress
Jessica Rey, actress
Dennis Rodman, basketball player (born in New Jersey)
Jim Rome, sports radio personality
Gabe Rosales, guitarist, bassist, and rapper
Mirela Rupic, costume designer
Keri Russell, actress
Elizabeth Ryan, tennis player
Samoa Joe, multi-time world heavyweight professional wrestling champion
Mark Sanchez, USC and NFL quarterback
Monte Scheinblum, 1992 U.S. National Long Driving Champion.
Robert Schuller, clergyman, ministry based in Garden Grove (born in Iowa)
Larry Sherry, baseball pitcher, 1959 World Series MVP
Emily Skinner, actress
Gwen Stefani, lead singer of No Doubt
Jeffree Star, internet celebrity
Super Dragon, professional wrestler
Kristy Swanson, actress
Ed Templeton, professional skateboarder and manufacturer
Cornelia ten Boom, Holocaust survivor, author, lecturer
Jeff Timmons, founder, singer and producer of 98 Degrees
Matt Treanor, baseball player
Lisa Tucker, singer
Toni Turner, author
Milo Ventimiglia, actor
Peter Vidmar, gymnast
John Wayne, iconic film actor; Orange County airport named for him (born in Iowa)
Scott Weiland, lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver
C. J. Wilson, baseball player
Tiger Woods, professional golfer
Lee Soon-kyu, singer and member of Girls' Generation.
Garry Templeton, professional baseball player
Isaac Curtis, professional football player
Carson Palmer, professional football player
Jere Fields, actress
Mark Rober, mechanical-engineer, YouTube personality.McCovey Cove
McCovey Cove is the unofficial name of a section of San Francisco Bay beyond the right field wall of Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, named after famed Giants first baseman Willie McCovey. The proper name for the cove is China Basin, which is the mouth of Mission Creek as it meets the bay. The cove is bounded along the north by Oracle Park, with a ferry landing and a breakwater at the northeast end. The southern shore is lined by China Basin Park and McCovey Point. To the east, it opens up to San Francisco Bay, while the west end of the cove is bounded by the Lefty O'Doul Bridge, named after San Francisco ballplayer and manager Lefty O'Doul.Mike Milchin
Michael Wayne Milchin (born February 28, 1968) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for one season. He played for the Minnesota Twins for 26 games during the 1996 Minnesota Twins season and the Baltimore Orioles for 13 games during the 1996 Baltimore Orioles season.
Mike played at Clemson University and was on the Gold Medal Team USA at the 1988 Summer Olympic Games
Mike is currently Managing Partner of SFX Baseball Group and represents over 20 Major League Baseball players, including Justin Verlander, Gordon Beckham, Tyler Colvin, Cody Ross and Adam LaRoche.