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Adam LaRoche Retired Because the White Sox Didn't Want His Kid in the Locker Room all the Time

The White Sox asked LaRoche to stop bringing his kid to the clubhouse, so he retired.

Yesterday White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche somewhat surprisingly announced he was retiring from baseball after a twelve year career with six teams, including the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals. LaRoche spent last year with Chicago and after just a few weeks of Spring Training this month, he decided to hang them up, leaving 13 million on the table in the process. This is pretty strange for a 36 year old first baseman in the American League, but family is undoubtedly important to him.


Then, earlier today, Pittsburgh-based writer Dejan Kovacevic fired off a cryptic tweet, saying there might be more to the story than meets the eye and tsk-tsking the Sox for the way they handled it. Then he manually retweeted a response saying it was due to an issue with Drake, seemingly confirming the account.

There's a LOT more to this Adam LaRoche retirement, from what I've heard. And it really stinks on the @WhiteSox end. All I'm sayin'.
— Dejan Kovacevic (@Dejan_Kovacevic) March 16, 2016

That's VERY impressive. Winner.
— Dejan Kovacevic (@Dejan_Kovacevic) March 16, 2016

Now, it seems pretty clear that Kovacevic's source is LaRoche. Why a writer who covers Pittsburgh sports would be breaking news of some random White Sox player is not so puzzling when you recall the Pirates acquired LaRoche in a trade with the Braves before the 2007 season, and Kovacevic wrote a glowing profile on him that April for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. That's not to say there's anything inaccurate about the story, it's just worth noting. It was widely reported last year that LaRoche's son Drake has spent a lot of time with him in the clubhouse, and LaRoche even referred to him as Chicago's "26th man."

I don't think the Sox don't allow kids in the clubhouse. My understanding is that LaRoche's kid was there constantly.
— Julie DiCaro (@JulieDiCaro) March 16, 2016

@Chris_Carelli I've been told all season.
— Julie DiCaro (@JulieDiCaro) March 16, 2016


@Chris_Carelli Guys were saying earlier that his kid doesn't go to school, just hangs in the locker room.
— Julie DiCaro (@JulieDiCaro) March 16, 2016

This was apparently something that was bothering the team, or the higher ups, or both, and Ken Rosenthal has confirmed that management asked him to stop taking Drake into the clubhouse so frequently. Here is club president in Ken Williams, speaking to Rosenthal:

"There has been no policy change with regards to allowance of kids in the clubhouse, on the field, the back fields during spring training. 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 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."

Now LaRoche can go to work at his ranching company and restaurant, which is called E3.