This week, we were all surprised about the sudden announcement of Adam LaRoche retiring from baseball. The Chicago White Sox veteran was due $13 million with his contract this year.
What causes a guy who’s still playing baseball at a decently high level, who’s due $13 million, who’s already been working out in Spring Training to suddenly retire? In that scenario, you’d guess maybe a nagging injury. You don’t just suddenly lose the passion for the game, or suddenly come to terms that you’re unable to be a productive ball player.
Thank u Lord for the game of baseball and for giving me way more than I ever deserved!#FamilyFirst
— Adam LaRoche (@e3laroche) March 15, 2016
News came out on twitter today that it’s more of a clubhouse issue. According to Fox Sports, Adam Laroche retiring suddenly has to do with the Chicago White Sox telling him he’s not allowed to bring his son in the clubhouse this season. His son, Drake, is now 14 years old and has been around the clubhouse for as long as he can remember.
Ken Rosenthal got this statement from White Sox President Ken Williams regarding the situation surrounding Adam LaRoche retiring.
“There has been no policy change with regards to allowance of kids in the clubhouse, on the field, the back fields during spring training,” White Sox president Ken Williams told Rosenthal. “This young man that we’re talking about, Drake, everyone loves this young man. In no way do I want this to be about him.”
“I asked Adam, said, ‘Listen, our focus, our interest, our desire this year is to make sure we give ourselves every opportunity to focus on a daily basis on getting better. All I’m asking you to do with regard to bringing your kid to the ballpark is dial it back.’
“I don’t think he should be here 100 percent of the time — and he has been here 100 percent, every day, in the clubhouse. I said that I don’t even think he should be here 50 percent of the time. Figure it out, somewhere in between.
“We all think his kid is a great young man. I just felt it should not be every day, that’s all. You tell me, where in this country can you bring your child to work every day?”