Adam LaRoche has ended his 12-year big league career and his reason is raising eyebrows.
It was initially believed that LaRoche, who had a disappointing 2015 season with the Chicago White Sox, had decided to retire due to injuries. LaRoche, 36, came out of a spring training game on Saturday due to back spasms.
But that wasn't the reason for LaRoche's retirement. He is hanging it up because the White Sox no longer want his 14-year old son Drake being in the team's clubhouse and travelling with the team. Chisox Executive Vice-President Ken Williams emphasized that White Sox management and players had no problem with the younger LaRoche. But I was struck by what he said next:
Let's check all the columns with regards to our preparation, with regards to our focus, everything to give ourselves the best chance to win and this is not a problem today. But in management you sometimes have to make unpopular decisions.