Told to cut son’s time in clubhouse, Adam LaRoche left White Sox

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Adam LaRoche with son, Drake

PHOENIX — Chicago White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche said he planned to retire and walk away from a $13 million salary after being told by the team president to cut down the time his son spent in the clubhouse.

Team president Kenny Williams confirmed Wednesday that he twice asked LaRoche in the last week to “dial it back” with 14-year-old son Drake.

LaRoche abruptly said Tuesday at spring training that he planned to leave the game. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said at the time it was a “personal decision” and that LaRoche was asked to reconsider.

Williams said LaRoche’s son was a “quality young kid” and wasn’t a distraction. But Williams indicated he didn’t want anything to deter the team’s focus.

The 36-year-old LaRoche hit only .207 with 12 home runs last year.

2 comments

  • BG

    Well this is his job. It would be like anyone bringing a child to their job. I don’t blame them for asking to cut back!

  • Jay Cunnington

    It doesn’t sound like a huge loss to the Sox, but a huge win for his son. Too bad more fathers can’t afford to forsake their jobs for a few years to spend time with their kids growing up. And consider it this way too: when his son’s off school, he spends half or more of it on the road going to work, and when he’s off his son’s in school. Good for him.

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