Yet in his six years reporting to Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak, LaRocque had never participated in Winter Warm-Up – until this past weekend. Though his current title is relatively new, Director of Player Development, the 60-year-old has effectively served as farm director since 2012.
In that role, LaRocque presented to attendees of Winter Warm-Up on Sunday. I spoke with him afterward.
In the following audio interview, exclusive to subscribers to The Cardinal Nation, LaRocque recaps 2013, then discusses a number of new additions to the system for 2014. He touches on several positional logjams and key programs including Cardinal Excellence (off-season conditioning) and Cardinal Core (character building).
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