Who is Adam LaRoche?

July 22, 2009 - 10:07 am

Welcome to a special Welcome Wagon edition of the LEEInks! Today the Red Sox have acquired Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Adam LaRoche for minor league shortstop Argenis Diaz and pitcher Hunter Strickland. So who exactly is this guy? First things first: LaRoche is a 30-year-old native of California. He has split his six-year career in both Atlanta and Pittsburgh.

LaRoche also comes from a baseball family. His father was former big leaguer Dave LaRoche and his brother Andy, mans the hot corner for the Pirates.
According to this Pittsburgh Post Gazette report from earlier this month, the brothers LaRoche genuinely liked playing with each other. The LaRoches certainly weren't the first set of brothers to play on the same squad, and likely won't be the last. With the acquisition, the Red Sox bring aboard an additional first baseman to a recently slumping club looking for depth at the corners. LaRoche is the third Pirate starter this year to be jettisoned by the club, following outfielders Nate McLouth and Nyjer Morgan. Pittsburgh G.M. Neal Huntington wrote season ticket holders a letter explaing the logic behind the McLouth deal. The Pirates may be investing in more team stationary after today's deal. LaRoche already has some friends among his new teammates here in Boston, including former Pirates outfielder Jason Bay. It's a good thing the slumping Mets didn't snag him, since he and Carlos Beltran would have some serious making up to do. After a three-game sweep of the Mets earlier this season, Beltran claimed that he was embarrassed to lose to the Pirates. LaRoche then upped the ante and claimed that Beltran had zero class and zero professionalism. Finally, it looks as though LaRoche will fit right in with guys like Tim Wakefield and Josh Beckett due to a shared passion for hunting. LaRoche has even been a guest on the show Buck Commander. This clip from Buck Commander can also give Red Sox fans an unusual scouting report on the newest member of the club.