ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals announced today the hiring of Gary LaRocque to the position of senior special assistant to the General Manager. LaRocque arrives after spending the last 10 years in senior
management levels for the New York Mets.
LaRocque's 32-year career in Major League Baseball has included stints as a Minor League player, manager and coach. He was named Manager of the Year in the Pioneer League in 1981 and Gulf Coast League in 1983 while managing in the Los Angeles Dodgers system. Upon a move into the Dodgers scouting operation in 1989, he served as an amateur scout and regional scouting supervisor for nine seasons before being hired as director of amateur scouting for the New York Mets in 1999.
A resident of North Carolina, LaRocque was a professional scout for the Mets during the 2007 season. Prior to that, he served as vice president, professional scouting (2006) and vice president, player development and scouting (2004-05). While overseeing amateur drafts as part of his many duties for the Mets, he was responsible for the signings of current Major Leaguers David Wright and Scott Kazmir.
"Gary brings a wealth of experience and diverse background that will benefit our baseball operation greatly," said Cardinals Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak. "We are excited to have him aboard."
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