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John Joshua Labandeira

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John Joshua Labandeira lettered in four different sports in college - wrestling, soccer, football and baseball and majored in kinesiology. As a sophomore, he attended College of the Sequoias in Visalia, CA

In the 6th round of the 2001 amateur draft (June Regular Phase), Labandeira was drafted by the Montreal Expos after posting superlative numbers in college - in 2001 he hit .367 while belting 15 home runs, earning Western Athletic Conference player of the year. He was signed by scout John Hughes and made his pro debut that summer. He played one game for the Vermont Expos and broke his leg.

He is the last player to make his major league debut with the Montreal Expos: he was called up to Montreal on September 17, 2004, after shortstop Alex Gonzalez was sold to the San Diego Padres. He played his first game in Philadelphia that same day; the Expos played their last game two weeks later, on October 3 in New York; he also played in that game. He wore the number 1 during his tenure in the Major Leagues.

In July 2005, Labandeira was suspended 15 games for violating the policies in the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Labandeira currently resides in Porterville, California.

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