White Sox VP Kenny Williams Responds To Adam LaRoche Controversy

White Sox VP Kenny Williams Responds To Adam LaRoche Controversy

White Sox VP Kenny Williams Responds To Adam LaRoche Controversy

According to sources, LaRoche had asked after signing with the White Sox last winter if Drake could have clubhouse access, and that request was granted by White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "I just don't think it's great every day", he said.

As the story unfolded, it seemed that this decision was LaRoche's, and that it was because of personal reasons; and while that's still true, now we know the official reason. I'm thankful to see the way he's acting. He pitched well again and the only two runs against him were unearned.

"I've made a decision to step away from baseball", LaRoche told reporters Tuesday, as quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times.

LaRoche, the designated hitter and first baseman, appears poised to retire, and give up the $13 million he would have earned this season, because the White Sox recently asked him to dramatically decrease the frequency of his 14-year-old son Drake's visits to the clubhouse.

Before the game, veteran Adam LaRoche told the White Sox clubhouse that he plans to retire.

Drake LaRoche was around the White Sox "100 percent" of the time in the past, Williams told Rosenthal. Kenny Williams feels that the White Sox have an excellent team, and he doesn't want anything distracting them from their goal of achieving success in 2016. It's clear why some might be less than pleased with a teenager in the locker room at all times. 207 with 12 homeruns and 44 RBIs, according to ESPN.

Williams said the team did not change its policy but acknowledged to FOX Sports that he asked LaRoche not to bring Drake to the park 100 percent of the time, as he has in the past, or even 50 percent of the time.

Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2000, LaRoche reached the big club in 2004 and would also have stints with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox (for all of six games), back to the Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Nationals before signing a free agent contract with the Chisox in 2015. Players loved him and joked that Drake's life was cooler than theirs.

At 36 years old, LaRoche is considered an older baseball player, but in the "real world" he'd be just entering the prime years of his career.

'It's like having your son and your best friend alongside you all day long, at work, which never gets to happen, ' LaRoche said.

Andy Straight, right, lies in the outfield lawn area with his wife, Mindy, and their daughters, Abby, 15, and Mckenna, 13, during a spring training baseball game between the Colorado Rockies and the Oakland Athletics in Scottsdale... "But other than that, I felt like my command was really good", Robertson said.

"I can't disagree with what [Boyer] said about Adam as a person", Williams responded to FOX Sports.

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