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."
Editor's note: LaRocque joins three holdover Special Assistants to the GM from 2007 that still remain with the organization: Alan Benes, Cam Bonifay and Mike Jorgensen. Former Senior Director of Professional Scouting/Special Assistant to the GM Bruce Manno joined the Atlanta Braves as an Assistant GM. Vice President Jerry Walker retired.
Other additions over the winter to the front office include Assistant General Manager John Abbamondi (from MLB offices), Jaron Madison, assistant scouting director (from San Diego) and Brent Strom, minor league pitching instructor.
Returnees with expanded assignments include Mike Giersch, director of baseball development (analytics) and Os Ocampo, manager of amateur scouting. Click on the highlighted hot links to read about these previously-announced moves.