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Adam LaRoche

Arizona Diamondbacks — No. --
First baseman
Born: November 6, 1979 (1979-11-06) (age 30)
Orange County, California
Bats: Left Throws: Left 
MLB debut
April 7, 2004 for the Atlanta Braves
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Batting Average     .274
Home Runs     136
Runs Batted In     469
Teams
LaRoche during his tenure with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2007.

David Adam LaRoche (born November 6, 1979 in Orange County, California), is a Major League Baseball player currently a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is the son of Dave LaRoche and the brother of the Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Andy LaRoche.

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College baseball career

Adam LaRoche was a 1998 graduate of Fort Scott (KS) High School, 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 (OK) Junior College in 2000, where he was an All-American and the MVP of the Junior College World Series.

Professional baseball career

He had been drafted by the Florida Marlins in both the 1998 and 1999 amateur drafts, but refused to sign. He was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2000 and did sign.

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Atlanta Braves

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 on the basepaths.

He 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 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.

Pittsburgh Pirates

The Braves traded LaRoche and minor league outfielder Jamie Romak to the Pittsburgh Pirates on January 17, 2007 for reliever Mike González and minor league shortstop Brent Lillibridge.

During the 2009 season he played with his brother Andy LaRoche with the pirates until July 22nd 2009 when he was traded to the Boston Red Sox

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.[1]

Boston Red Sox

On July 22, 2009, LaRoche was traded to the Boston Red Sox[2] for minor league pitcher Hunter Strickland and shortstop Argenis Díaz.[3]. In six games, LaRoche would go onto hit one home run and three RBIs, with an average of .263.

Return to the Braves

On July 31, 2009, after only spending six games with Boston he was dealt back to one of his former teams, the Atlanta Braves for 1st baseman Casey Kotchman.[4]

Arizona Diamondbacks

On January 14, 2010, LaRoche agreed to a 1 year $4-$5 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the deal will be official once he passes his physical.[5]

Personal life

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 younger brother, Andy LaRoche, was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Dodgers on July 31, 2008.[6]

LaRoche is of Mexican descent. According to his brother Andy LaRoche, his father's surname was Garcia, however, his father changed it to LaRoche at age seven, the last name of his stepfather.[7]

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.[8]

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