On Tuesday, Adam LaRoche announced that he would be retiring from baseball at the age of 36 because the Chicago White Sox reportedly wanted to limit how much LaRoche's son, Drake, was in the clubhouse. Team president Ken Williams reportedly told LaRoche that his 14-year-old son could not be in the clubhouse as much.
To his credit, Williams was upfront with reporters and told them that no job would allow someone to bring their son into work every day.
In an interview on Wednesday, Williams expanded further (Per abc7news):
"There has been no policy change with regards to allowance of kids in the clubhouse, on the field, the back fields during spring training," Williams told Fox Sports. "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 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. 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. 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."
Is it bad that I couldn't agree with the White Sox more on this one? I get that he is your kid and you want to bond with him, but LaRoche has a job to abide by. If you are working at Home Depot, do you think your manager will be okay with you bringing in your kid every day?
Additionally, the White Sox must have known that this was not going to end well. LaRoche clearly has a tight relationship with his son, and no parent wants to hear negative comments about their kid, regardless of if Williams and the White Sox meant it or not.
But to his credit, good for LaRoche. He had a pretty decent career and had a $13 million option that he could have picked up. Instead, he decided to put his family first. Good stuff.
On Wednesday, a group of White Sox players considered boycotting their Spring Training game against the Milwaukee Brewers to show their support for LaRoche, but manager Robin Ventura intervened and convinced them to play. A riot in Chicago? No way!
The White Sox do not need this kind of negative atmosphere in their clubhouse right now. With a record last year of 76-86, and not making the playoffs since 2008, the only thing that should be on the players' mind is winning baseball games.
That clearly isn't the case.
LaRoche has filed his retirement paper, according to multiple reports, but the White Sox have not yet made it official in order to give him some time to reconsider.