MICHAEL JASON "RUSTY" LARUE (born March 19, 1974) is a former Major
League Baseball catcher who played for the
* 1 Biography * 2 Personal * 3 References * 4 External links
After being selected in the 5th round of the 1995 Major League
Baseball Draft out of
Dallas Baptist University
LaRue agreed to a two-year, $9.1 million contract with the Cincinnati
Reds on December 20, 2005. On November 20, 2006, LaRue was traded to
Kansas City Royals
On Mother\'s Day , May 14, 2006, LaRue was one of more than 50 hitters who brandished a pink bat to benefit the Breast Cancer Foundation . He was also one of a handful of players to hit a home run with a pink bat.
On November 19, 2007, he signed a one-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals as the backup to Yadier Molina . During the season, he was used primarily for his defensive ability as his hitting stats had dwindled. LaRue re-signed with the Cardinals following the 2008 season for one year.
LaRue returned to the Cardinals for 2010, his third season with the
team. On August 10, 2010, he suffered a concussion caused by a kick to
the head by the
The concussion was initially thought to be slight, but LaRue
experienced severe post-concussion symptoms. On September 18, LaRue
announced his retirement from Major League Baseball. He told the St.
Louis Post-Dispatch that his symptoms were so severe that he'd been
ordered to go back to his home in
LaRue was known throughout his career to be a defensive specialist. In 2001, he led the major leagues with a 61% caught-stealing percentage, and he has a career 39% caught-stealing percentage.
LaRue lives in Blanco, Texas , with his wife Heather, and three sons: Tyler, Dylan and Braden. He has a brother, Luke.
* ^ "Royals.com : News". Retrieved July 8, 2008.
* ^ Strauss, Joe. "Cardinals sign catcher, minor-league pitchers
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