Pete Laforest

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Pete Laforest
Catcher
Born: (1978-01-27) January 27, 1978 (age 36)
Hull, Quebec
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 2, 2003 for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 2007 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
Batting average .196
Home runs 2
Runs batted in 14
Teams

Pierre-Luc "Pete" Laforest (born January 27, 1978) is former professional baseball catcher and the current manager of the Trois-Rivières Aigles (Can-Am). He is a graduate of Fort Scott Community College. He was a draft pick of the Montreal Expos, but has also played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the San Diego Padres, and the Philadelphia Phillies. He was part of Team Canada at the 2004 Summer Olympics and 2006 World Baseball Classic.

In 2003, Laforest missed spring training and the first month of the season due to visa problems. Since 1997, he had improperly used a student visa to enter the United States, and in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks he was denied entry to the country until an FBI background check had been completed.[1]

Laforest did not speak English until moving to the United States to attend community college, as he was raised in Quebec where the main language is French.[2]

In winter 2007/08, Laforest played for the Mexicali Eagles in the Mexican Pacific League. In February 2009, he signed a minor league contract with the Florida Marlins, but was released during training camp. He then signed a contract with thee Rojos del Águila de Veracruz a AAA-level team in the Mexican League. In May of the same year, he joins the Capitales de Québec, an independent team in his home province of Quebec.

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