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  1. He is “close” to being labeled a bust? No I think he is already there. Too bad there was so much potential there

    Comment by Heyward — January 31, 2011 @ 10:18 am

  2. Seems like another 4A player. His only positive war season was due to defense and position. The guy cannot ( or “has not yet” if you’re into motivational speaking) hit ML pitching.

    The guy basically cruised to the major leagues, all the while as the younger brother of a ML player.

    So, not only is he trying to learn to hit ML pitching, but also how to deal with it not being easy (relatively speaking).

    Playing for the Pirates is an automatic motivation killer in itself. Be interesting to see how he does for a different team.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — January 31, 2011 @ 10:46 am

  3. I wonder how hard you have to regress his babip after 900 BIP.

    Comment by Telo — January 31, 2011 @ 10:46 am

  4. “[A]n average-fielding third baseman with no bat gives a team no reason to retain him.” Absolutely. But a team might retain an average-hitting third baseman with no glove – might even start him, though that’s a bad idea. “Replacement level” has a different meaning for hitting and fielding, which I’m afraid is a big problem for WAR.

    Comment by Mr Punch — January 31, 2011 @ 10:49 am

  5. “For all the reasons mentioned above and more, LaRoche will turn 28 next season…”

    I disagree. The reasons mentioned above have nothing to do with why he turns 28 next season.

    Comment by Matt — January 31, 2011 @ 11:24 am

  6. Could he be developed into a utility guy? Does he have the ability to play 2B/learn the OF?

    Comment by Chops — January 31, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

  7. He has played sparingly at 1b, 2b for the Pirates and even some LF way back when for the Dodgers.

    Comment by Preston — January 31, 2011 @ 2:34 pm

  8. The punchline only works when you copy and paste the incomplete sentence…

    Comment by jaywrong — January 31, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

  9. it should be something like: “for all the reasons mentioned above, as well as turning 28 next season, LaRoche…”

    Comment by phoenix2042 — January 31, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

  10. I think he stands a good chance at coming back and being a good player. So many XPirates have gotten way better after they left. Jose Bautista and Aramis Ramirez are the top players in terms of innings for the pirates at third since 2000. the first has a 50 homer season the second he leaves Pittsburg. meanwhile, the second, Ramirez, had 5 of his 6 worst seasons in Pittsburg. His wOBA in his last full season in Pittsburg was .288. His first full season away from Pittsburg his wOBA was .396. Adam Laroche is 3rd in innings at 3rd in Pittsburg since 2000. The 4th most innings at 3B went to Freddie Sanchez who has a WS ring his first somewhat healthy season away from the Pirates. I’ll bet LaRouche will have a career season the first real chance he gets.

    Comment by Nats Fan — February 2, 2011 @ 3:47 am

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