Wednesday, March 16, 2016

2015 Topps #360: Adam Laroche, Chicago White Sox, DH

     Adam Laroche recently announced his retirement after 12 seasons in the majors.  He went through much of last season as a DH for the White Sox with 48 games at 1B--making only 1 error in 379 chances with a .997 Fielding Pct.  Laroche played nearly his entire career at 1B except for the 1 inning that he closed out for the White Sox last year, facing 3 batters and striking out 1. 
     Before the White Sox Laroche played for the Nationals between 2011-2014, which also happened to be the years that I spent going to Nats games in D.C.  He earned a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award in 2012, reaching his 3rd of 4 career postseason appearances, hitting 2 HR against the Cardinals in the 5-game NLDS.
     Laroche had 100 RBI seasons in 2010 with the Diamondbacks and in 2012 with the Nationals.  He made over 150 hits in 2007, 2009, and 2012.  Laroche had 42 Doubles with the Pirates 2007, and hit over 20 HR's ten times throughout his career.  He started in the majors with the Braves, and had a short stint in Boston for 6 games with the Red Sox in 2009.   

     Laroche's final card will most likely be in the 2016 set, but here he is in 2015 Topps next to a few of his teammates.

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