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David Eugene LaRoche (born May 14, 1948 in Colorado Springsmarker, Coloradomarker) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. LaRoche is currently the pitching coach for the Toronto Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s.

He is the father of current Atlanta Braves first baseman Adam LaRoche and Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Andy LaRoche.

LaRoche made his debut for the California Angels in and went on to pitch 14 seasons in the major leagues. 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 1049 1/3 innings pitched. He has a career 3.53 ERA.

LaRoche is of Mexicanmarker descent. According to his son Andy, Dave LaRoche's surname was Garcia, however, he changed it to LaRoche at age seven, the last name of his stepfather. "La Roche is French, but I have no French in me," Andy LaRoche said. "My grandfather was 100% Mexican."

LaRoche is often referred to on the Atlanta Braves telecasts. The broadcasters often tell stories about his antics, among other things. He is portrayed as a jokester and flake.

See also


  1. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, "Andy La Roche wants a little space. Is that so wrong?" (February 21, 2007)

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