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Andy LaRoche continues to wander the Earth

Jun 11, 2013, 9:39 AM EDT

Andy LaRoche

Not sure why I have a fascination with Andy LaRoche. Partially because I always find the lesser-half of baseball brother combinations interesting. Partially because there was about ten minutes there, back several years ago, when Andy LaRoche looked like a good prospect and I and many like-minded people mocked organizations for not appreciating his greatness. Dude hit .285/.372/.429 in the minors, and at one point back in the day that line was even higher.


The Blue Jays DFA’d LaRoche last night. After he was called up on Friday, got his first major league action in two years on Sunday and went 0 for 4. Now he’s likely to be released again and I wouldn’t bet the banana I’m eating that he sees the bigs again. He’s had over 1,300 big league plate appearances in which to figure it out. He still hasn’t figured it out and likely never will.

It’s not important for our purposes because he’s, after all, merely Andy LaRoche. But he is a reminder that baseball is a weird game and that even things that seem so certain in one moment are never so certain the next.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    The Jays needed the roster spot in order to activate Wang. LaRoche will probably pass through waivers and return to Triple A Buffalo.

  2. specialkindofstupid - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    The Blue Jays DFA’d him? Too bad LaRoche doesn’t have a name that can be used as an anatomical pun. No way would the Jays have let him go.

  3. digbysellers - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    “Hi Andy? Ozzie Canseco here, don’t sweat it bro.”

    • therealbigben - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      Wilton Guerrero also says “Hello”

      • beebopthearcher - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:24 AM

        “Hey Wilton, it is possible to be more overshadowed than you were.”–Tommie Aaron

      • paperlions - Jun 11, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        “Yes, yes it is.” –Dom Dimaggio

    • beebopthearcher - Jun 11, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      Eh, Dom seems out of place here, as he was a fantastic baseball player.

  4. danaking - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    This is too bad. LaRoche spent part of a season in Pittsburgh, where you could see why people thought highly of him, but he never profuced there. Seems like a nice guy, too, so it’s natural to want him to do well.

    Baseball is hard.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      I agree, it’s always sad to see seemingly unrealized potential. But at the same time – he made around $2 million playing a game, so that doesn’t suck. Nice way to step into your thirties if nothing else.

  5. unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    … like Caine on Kung Fu.

    • aceshigh11 - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      Whatchu mean “walk da Earth”??

      • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        DFA’d again? They got a word for that, Andy. It’s called a bum.

      • number42is1 - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:26 AM

        No Jules, you’re gonna be like those pieces of shit out there who beg for change. They walk around like a bunch of fuckin’ zombies, they sleep in garbage bins, they eat what I throw away, and dogs piss on ‘em. They got a word for ‘em, they’re called bums. And without a job, residence, or legal tender, that’s what you’re gonna be – a fuckin’ bum!

      • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        Ain’t it great to have all these screenplays online?

  6. beebopthearcher - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Here’s a short list of players who I had no idea had brothers play MLB baseball until looking at Baseball Almanac just now:

    Eddie Murray (brother Rich played 57 games with the Giants in the early 80s)
    Barry Larkin (Stephen played 1 game with the Reds)
    Dick Allen ( I knew about Hank, but not his other brother Ron who played 7 games in STL)
    Tony Armas Sr (Marco, played 15 games in 1993)
    Sal Bando (Chris played 500 games as a catcher, mostly with the Indians)
    George Bell (Juan, payed 7 years)
    Orlando Cabrera (Jolbert, 8 year career)
    Andujar Cedeno (Domingo, played 7 years)
    Tom Glavine (Mike played 3 games) [a golden opportunity was missed to get him and Mike Maddux on the same team]
    Adrian Gonzalez (Edgar, played 2 years)
    Trevor Hoffman (Glenn, played 9 years)
    Charlie Keller (Hal, played 3 years)
    Carney Lansford (Joe, played 25 games)
    Shane Mack (Quinn, played 5 games)\
    Rick Mahler (Mickey, played 8 years. Also, “Mickey Mahler” is the greatest name ever.)
    Graig Nettles (Jim played 6 years)
    Rick Reuschel (Paul, played 5 years)
    Steve Sax (Dave played 37 games)
    BJ Surhoff (Rich played 9 games)
    Honus Wanger (Butts…yes, Butts Wagner played 74 games)

    …and finally, Larry Yount. Yount is credit with 1 game pitched, yet never faced a batter. According to Wikipedia: “With the Astros trailing the Atlanta Braves 4-1 in the Astrodome on September 15, 1971, Yount was summoned to pitch the ninth inning. While warming up, however, Yount’s elbow began to stiffen. “I went to the mound and took a couple of tosses,” he later said, “but (the elbow) continued to hurt, so I came out.” (MLB rules state that any pitcher announced as being in the game must face at least one batter, except in case of injury.) Since he was announced, he was credited for having played that one game, even though he did not actually face a batter.[1] Yount went back to the bench, then back to the minors. In spring training in 1972, he was one of the last players cut.”

    …I should probably get back to work now.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      So bebop – why don’t you sit down and tell me and Bob what it is you do here at Initech.

      • number42is1 - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    • Anoesis - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      And the whole time it took to type up that list the boss thought you were working on that spreadsheet he needs before lunch.

  7. sdelmonte - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    This only interests me: Adam and Andy are of course sons of Dave LaRoche. So brothers and also second generation players. There was a very good comic book artist named Joe Kubert. Both his sons followed in his footsteps. They are named Adam and Andy.

  8. Last Road Reviews - Jun 11, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    There’s always the Mets for him to maybe sign with

  9. gloccamorra - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    He should have become a switch hitter. He might hit better left handed against right handers and stay in the majors as a platoon player. Also, if he learns to hit left handed, he can have his brother kidnapped and take his place.

  10. mlenenski - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Or, he could learn to pitch like his Dad. Then do the opposite of Rick Ankiel…and get traded and cut a bunch…then retire again….or just go play in Japan a couple years….thumbs down by me even.

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