Apparently Adam LaRoche and his teenage son are a package deal.
Told that the Chicago White Sox didn’t want 14-year-old Drake LaRoche hanging around the clubhouse all the time, the elder LaRoche decided it was time to retire from baseball, according to multiple media reports.
In doing so, the 36-year-old slugger is walking away from the final year of a contract that would have paid him $13 million in 2016. While LaRoche has yet to publicly explain Tuesday’s sudden retirement, a tweet by LaRoche on the same day — particularly the hashtag #FamilyFirst — seems to confirm the reports.
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
White Sox President Ken Williams told Fox Sports that LaRoche brought his son to the clubhouse every day during the 2015 season, the player’s first with the team. Williams said he did not ban Drake from the clubhouse but just asked to cut back on the young man’s visits.
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