Michael Jason "Rusty" LaRue
(born March 19, 1974 in
Texas) is a Major League
Baseball catcher for St. Louis Cardinals.
to a two-year, $9.1 million contract with the Cincinnati Reds on
On November 20, 2006, LaRue was traded to the Kansas City Royals
for a player to be named later. Since a player could not be agreed
upon, the Royals opted to send the Reds cash considerations in the
amount of one dollar.
After being selected in the 5th round of the 1995 MLB draft
out of Dallas Baptist University
debuted with Cincinnati on June 15
and became Cincinnati's starting catcher in 2001.
2005 was his best overall season with 14 HR, 60 RBI and .260
On Mother's Day
, LaRue was
one of more than 50 hitters who brandished a pink bat
to benefit the Breast Cancer Foundation
. He was
one of a handful of players to hit a home run with a pink
On November 19
, , he signed a one-year
contract with the St. Louis Cardinals as the backup to Yadier Molina
.Strauss, Joe. "Cardinals sign catcher, minor-league pitchers
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
. 2007-11-20. Retrieved 2007-11-20.
During the season, he was used primarily for his defensive ability
as his hitting stats have dwindled. LaRue re-signed with the
Cardinals following the season for one year.
The Cardinals announced on November 30, 2009, he is signed for
2010, his third season with the team.
lives in Bulverde,
Texas, with his wife Heather, and three sons: Tyler,
Dylan and Braden.
Has a brother, Luke (L'hreuix), who has a
song named in his honor.
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