Adam LaRoche Retires Amid Team/Family Controversy
Chicago White Sox DH and first baseman Adam LaRoche, 36, announced his retirement Tuesday. The reason behind his decision came after a meeting with team president Ken Williams in which he informed LaRoche that his son wouldn't be allowed to spend as much time as he does around the team.
Yesterday, Williams addressed the sudden retirement before the White Sox spring training game.
"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," Williams said. "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," Williams added. "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.
Adam's son, Drake, was adored around the clubhouse and even has his own locker. LaRoche steps away from a contract that would have paid him $13 million this season.
"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?"
The burning question now is should family be allowed in a clubhouse? And if so, how much?