A decision that still surprises the baseball masses and Chicago White Sox fans has taken a dramatic turn on why Adam LaRoche decided to retire from the game.
It Started with a vague tweet from Pittsburgh-based sports writer, Dejan Kovacevic, who hinted that it was a decision made by the White Sox that led to LaRoche retiring.
There's a LOT more to this Adam LaRoche retirement, from what I've heard. And it really stinks on the @WhiteSox end. All I'm sayin'.— Dejan Kovacevic (@Dejan_Kovacevic) March 16, 2016
While this tweet doesn't say much, if anything, it hinted at foul play involved. Was this another "Jeff Keppinger situation" in the sense that Rick Hahn informed LaRoche that he would be cut if performed badly and retiring was a way for a proud baseball player to save face?
Nope. Instead it was about Drake LaRoche.
That's VERY impressive. Winner. https://t.co/5SEwzdl4e0— Dejan Kovacevic (@Dejan_Kovacevic) March 16, 2016
In a piece by the Chicago Tribune's Colleen Kane, when the Sox signed LaRoche in 2015, they were also aware of his request to have his son tag along.
When the Sox signed designated hitter Adam LaRoche to a two-year contract in November, they also brought on board Drake. Or as Adam calls him, the Sox's "26th man."
So why the change of heart a year later? Thanks to Ken Rosenthal, we found out exactly whom in the front office had an issue -- or at least who was willing to voice them.
Sources: LaRoche chose to retire after #WhiteSox prez Ken Williams told him that he no longer could bring 14-year-old son into clubhouse.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 16, 2016
To provide even more transparency for Kenny Williams' request, Rosenthal posted Williams explanation on his Facebook page.
Put in between deciding to continue playing the game he loves and leaving his kid behind to go to work, LaRoche decided to call it quits to be with his son. This is how the Adam LaRoche saga ends. Perhaps the most unexpected way possible.