Wow. Chicago White Sox player, Adam LaRoche, has packed up his equipment and walked away from a massive contract that would have paid him $13 million this season. The reason? The team’s vice president told him to limit his son’s time around the team by 50 percent.
In a shocking move, Adam LaRoche, 36, announced his retirement on March 15. Two days later, the slugger’s reasoning has come out — his team’s vice president Ken Williams, 51, asked him to bring his son, Drake, 14, around the team less and that is a big issue with Adam. Thankfully, he has already pocketed the $12 million from last season before leaving.
The media frenzy began on March 15 when Adam took to Twitter to tell his fans he is retiring from the game of baseball, “Thank u Lord for the game of baseball and for giving me way more than I ever deserved! #FamilyFirst.” It wasn’t long before the reasoning behind his shocking announcement to surface. It seems Adam was asked to bring his son Drake around less. Wait, what? Adam’s 14-year-old son had been traveling with his dad on road games for several years, had his own locker and uniform. He spent a ton of time around the Chicago White Sox team and they all adored him. That was until this week.
White Sox’s V.P. Ken Williams stated to FoxSports, “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 asked. He also told the outlet, “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.” Keep in mind Adam signed a two-year deal for $25 million with the White Sox just last year. That’s a whole lot of cash to walk away from.
As for Adam’s teammates, they back him. “Drake would clean cleats, he would help out in drills, he’d help pick up baseballs,’’ Sox outfielder Adam Eaton told Chicago Sun Times. “He didn’t say boo to anybody. Was never a trouble in the clubhouse.’’ Adam also said the players backed LaRoche on the issue “in every respect.” LaRoche’s former Nationals teammates Bryce Harper and Chipper Jones also weighed in on the announcement on Twitter.
Good for you Roche! Nothing like father and son in the clubhouse..It's a FAMILY game #FamilyFirst
— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) March 16, 2016
— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) March 16, 2016
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