In the weirdest baseball story in recent memory, White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche has retired after the team asked that his son, 14-year-old Drake, not always be in the clubhouse. The Chicago Tribune wrote a story last season about how Drake LaRoche was practically the team's 26th member, hanging around during both home and road games. He even had his own locker:
The LaRoche father-son locker setup in the Sox's clubhouse at the Cell last year: pic.twitter.com/lvyZV21YOk— Danny Ecker (@DannyEcker) March 16, 2016
White Sox president Ken Williams doesn't think his organization is being unreasonable. He gave a statement to Fox's Ken Rosenthal:
"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.
"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?
Williams has a point. And before you ask: Drake's parents have a special arrangement with his school in Kansas that allows him to take his homework with him on trips.
He is 36 years old and coming off a rough year, but LaRoche forfeits a $13 million salary by retiring. His teammates apparently support his stand, so this story seems far from over.
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