A two-time all star, LaRoche pitched for 14 years in the majors, compiling a 65-58 record with 126 saves. He came up with the California Angels in 1970 before being traded to the Minnesota Twins following the 1971 season. He saved 10 games for Minnesota in 1972 but the Twins dealt him to the Chicago Cubs that offseason. He spent two years in Wrigley before being traded to the Cleveland Indians in early 1975. LaRoche’s career really hit its stride with the Tribe. He saved 17 games that year and posted another 21 saves in 1976. He was an all star that year as well as 1977 when he saved 17 games for the Indians and Angels. He set a career-high with 25 saves for the Halos in 1978 while also winning 10 games and finishing 25th in the MVP vote. California eventually released LaRoche and he was picked up by the New York Yankees. He was an effective arm out of New York’s bullpen for two seasons. But, by 1983 time had caught up with him. He pitched in just one game for the Yankees that season and retired.
LaRoche pitched in one game of the 1981 World Series for the Yankees, throwing a scoreless inning to finish the deciding Game 6. New York lost the series to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Dave LaRoche – career stats