LaRoche's Kansas roots not far from his heart

Adam LaRoche, 1B, Nationals
Hometown: Fort Scott, Kan.

LaRoche was born in California in 1979 while his father, Dave, played for the Angels. But when the elder's 14-year Major League career ended, the family settled down in a tiny southeastern Kansas town. Fort Scott became home.

Fort Scott is where the three LaRoche boys -- Jeff, who played six seasons of pro ball; Andy, a 12-year veteran who spent 2014 with Triple-A Buffalo (Blue Jays); and Adam -- learned the game.

"They were hectic years. We had three kids playing baseball on three separate teams -- we did a whole bunch of traveling," Dave LaRoche said. "But it was some of the best times we had."

Adam brought the Fort Scott High Tigers to within a win of a state championship in 1998 while playing for his father and his uncle, David Regan. Adam is now helping to fund the LaRoche Baseball Complex for the high school team, which is now coached by his cousin, Josh Regan.

Tim Healey is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.