Robert Joseph LaFromboise
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 4", Weight 215 lb.
- School Rio Hondo Community College, University of New Mexico
- High School Warren High School (Downey)
- Debut April 10, 2013
- Final Game October 3, 2015
- Born June 25, 1986 in Downey, CA, USA
Pitcher Bobby LaFromboise made his major league debut with the Seattle Mariners in 2013. He pitched 10 times in relief for the M's that season, with no decisions and an ERA of 5.91 in 10 2/3 innings. He spent most of the season with the AAA Tacoma Rainiers, where he was 6-0 with 5 saves and a 3.39 ERA in 45 games. He failed to make the team out of sporing training at the start of 2014 and was placed on waivers as he was out of minor league options. He was claimed by the San Diego Padres on April 2nd. who assigned him to the AAA El Paso Chihuahuas. He did not pitch in the majors for the Padres, but was 1-2, 4.75 in 54 games for El Paso. he was placed on waivers again on August 24th and caught a break when he was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He pitched 5 times for the Indianapolis Indians, giving up no runs in four innings, then was brought up to Pittsburgh for the September pennant stretch. He pitched 6 times for Pittsburgh, giving up only 1 run, although that came in his final appearance on September 28th by means of a game ending grand slam by Ramon Santiago of the Cincinnati Reds in the bottom of the 10th inning. He was then added to the postseason roster and got to pitch two-thirds of an inning in the Wild Card Game against the San Francisco Giants on October 1st; he took over for Jared Hughes in the bottom of the 7th after the Giants had just increased their lead to 7-0 and got Brandon Crawford to hit into an inning-ending double play.
Bobby started the 2015 season in the minors but got called up to Pittsburgh for one game in May before spending all of September with the team. In the minors, he was 1-2, 2.98 in 54 games for Indianapolis, and then put up a 1.12 ERA in 11 games for the Bucs. In spite of his solid pitching, however, he found it difficult to secure a roster spot the following off-season: on December 23rd, he was picked up on waivers by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, then barely a month later, he was designated for assignment on January 25, 2016 to make room for Ronald Torreyes on the roster.
The name "LaFromboise" is a corruption of the French "la framboise", meaning raspberry.