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- Updated: March 16, 2016
Chicago White Sox slugger Adam LaRoche walked away from a contract that would have paid him $13 million this season because team president Ken Williams told LaRoche that he had to limit the time his 14-year-old son, Drake, spent with the team, according to multiple reports Wednesday.
LaRoche, 36, announced his retirement Tuesday after posting an cryptic tweet at the time with a hashtag “Family First”.
Thank u Lord for the game of baseball and for giving me way more than I ever deserved!#FamilyFirst
— Adam LaRoche (@e3laroche) March 15, 2016
When news of the reason became public, Williams addressed the issue with reporters Wednesday and said that kids are still permitted in the White Sox clubhouse but not every day, saying no job would allow that.
“Sometimes you have to make decisions in this world that are unpopular,” Williams said. “There has been no policy change with regards to allowance of kids in the clubhouse, on the field, the back fields during spring training. This young man that we’re talking about, Drake [LaRoche], everyone loves this young man. In no way do I want this to be about him.
Adam LaRoche, a first baseman-turned-designated hitter, signed a two-year deal for $25 million with the White Sox a year ago. But he struggled in 2015, batting just .207 with 12 homers. He hadn’t played since early this month because of back spasms.