St. Louis Cardinals farm director Gary LaRocque is a candidate for the Arizona Diamondbacks general manager position.
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In a conference call with reporters, it was confirmed by Tony La Russa, Chief Baseball Officer of the Diamondbacks, that he would be meeting with the Cardinals farm director. Chances are that the meeting already happened.
After ten seasons working with the New York Mets, LaRocque joined the Cardinals organization in 2008 as a senior special assistant to general manager John Mozeliak. Later, he took on the title of senior advisor to player development. Prior to the 2014 season, the Cardinals rearranged their baseball operations department and LaRocque now holds the title of Director of Player Development.
With the success of the Cardinals farm system, it’s no surprise that LaRocque is being considered as a candidate for an open general manager position. Being in such a position, LaRocque oversees what is considered by many to be the best minor league organization in Major League Baseball. After the 2011 season that the Houston Astros hired Cardinals scouting director Jeff Luhnow away from the club.
When the San Diego Padres fired their general manager earlier this year, Assistant GM Michael Girsch was considered as a candidate before he ultimately withdrew his consideration.