Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Phillies Missing Links of the 2000s - #25 Pete LaForest

Pierre Luc LaForest
Pinch Hitter

With active rosters expanded to 40 players and the Phillies in an unexpected pennant race, the team claimed Pete LaForest off waivers from the Padres on September 4th.  A catcher by trade, each of LaForest's 14 games with the Phillies came as a left-handed pinch-hitter.  He went just 1 for 11 (.091) in that role with his only hit coming in his very first at-bat with the club - an RBI single to score Greg Dobbs, while pinch-hitting for reliever Kane Davis.  LaForest was invited back to spring training with the Phillies in 2008, but the team opted to go with Carlos Ruiz and Chris Coste behind the plate at the big league level and Jason Jaramillo at Triple-A.  He was released and spent the next five seasons playing in Mexico and for independent league teams.

In 2003 and 2005, LaForest appeared in 19 and 25 games respectively for the Devil Rays.  He started seven games at catcher for the Padres in 2007 before being claimed by the Phillies.

Bats:  Left  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'2"  Weight:  210
Born:  January 27, 1978, Hull, Canada
Drafted:  Drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 16th round of the 1995 amateur draft, June 1, 1995
Major League Teams:  Tampa Bay Devil Rays 2003, 2005; San Diego Padres 2007; Phillies 2007
Professional Affiliations:  Montreal Expos 1995; Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1997-2005; San Diego Padres 2006-2007; Phillies 2007-2008; Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz (Mexico) 2009; Les Capitales de Quebec (CAA) 2009, 2010-2012; Somerset Patriots (Atlantic League) 2010; Trois-Rivieres Aigles (CAA) 2013

Phillies Career
14 games, 1 for 11 (.091) with 1 RBI, 2 walks, 2 runs scored, 4 strikeouts
Acquired:  September 4, 2007 - Selected off waivers from the San Diego Padres.
Debut:  September 5, 2007 - Pinch hit for Kane Davis, collecting a single off the Braves' Oscar Villarreal that scored Greg Dobbs.  LaForest would come around to score on a Chase Utley single.
Final Game:  September 27, 2007 - Pinch hit for Kyle Kendrick in the 6th inning against the Braves, grounding into a double play.
Departed:  April 18, 2008 - Released.

0 LaForest Baseball Cards in My Collection

Complete Chachi Checklist
2007 Chachi #56
2008 Chachi Transactions #12

2003 Bowman #247
2003 Topps Traded #T239
2004 Topps Total #745
2007 Chachi #56
Other Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  2003 Bowman #247
First Topps Base Card:  2003 Topps Traded #T239
Last Mainstream Card:  2004 Topps Total #745
Other Notable Cards:  2003 Donruss Rookies & Traded #60, 2003 Fleer Tradition Update #U344, 2003 Topps Total #945, 2004 Donruss #64, 2007 Multi-Ad Portland Beavers #18

Sources:  Baseball Reference and The Trading Card Database

Phillies Missing Links of the 2000s
1 Kirk Bullinger
2 Chris Pritchett
3 Bryan Ward
4 Mark Holzemer
5 Turner Ward
6 P.J. Forbes
7 Matt Walbeck
8 Kelly Stinnett
9 Valerio de los Santos
10 Josh Hancock
11 Brian Powell
12 Paul Abbott
13 Todd Jones
14 A.J. Hinch
15 Ramon Martinez
16 Matt Kata
17 Aquilino Lopez
18 Adam Bernero
19 Jose Hernandez
20 Randall Simon
21 Anderson Garcia
22 Russell Branyan
23 John Ennis
24 Kane Davis
25 Pete LaForest

This is a continuing series looking at those players who spent time with the Phillies but possess no baseball card proof of their time in Philadelphia.  In some cases, the First and Last Mainstream cards listed above have been subjectively chosen if multiple cards were released in that year.

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