Earlier this week, Chicago White Sox first baseman-turned designated hitter, Adam LaRoche made headlines for abruptly retiring.
Initially citing "personal issues" as the reason for the early retirement, ESPN has uncovered what lead to LaRoche's quick decision to retire after twelve seasons in the major leagues.
According to ESPN, White Sox president, Ken Williams, told LaRoche "that he had to limit the time his 14-year-old son, Drake, spent with the team".
Williams tried to clear the air with reporters on Wednesday (March 16).
"There has been no policy change with regard to allowance of kids in the clubhouse, on the field, the back fields during spring training," he told Fox Sports. "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...You tell me, where in this country can you bring your child to work every day?"
LaRoche has walked away from half of his $25 million two-year contract that he signed in 2015. He has even filled out his retirement paperwork. In hopes he will reconsider, the White Sox have yet to submit the paperwork to the Major League Baseball office.
Because of his decision, his teammates wanted to show their support and considered boycotting their Wednesday game.
LaRoche hasn't said much on the subject, but did send a tweet on Tuesday (March 15) when his retirement was first announced.
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
His teammate, Adam Eaton, tweeted his support saying, "Happy for [Adam LaRoche] and Drake.. Family comes first. Proud to have played along side such a great man/father."
Former Atlanta Braves third baseman tweeted, "Big ups to my boy [Adam Laroche] for standing up for his beliefs. We play a GAME! Good for you brother. #FamilyFirst".
Even Chicago Bears offensive tackle sent his support, along with an invitation for LaRoche and Drake to his locker room.
Adam LaRoche,— Kyle (@Ky1eLong) March 16, 2016
If you and your boy ever want to come hang out with the @ChicagoBears let me know. I grew up in locker rooms.
Not only is LaRoche a professional baseball player, but he is also an avid deer hunter. He is a "Buckman" for the company and TV show Buck Commander, which is co-owned by Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson.
Buck Commander showed their support on Instagram.
Robertson sent his by tweeting a photo of himself and his daughter, Sadie, with the caption, "Been bringing my kid to work since she was 14. Worked out well. #FamilyFirst".
Sending our well wishes to LaRoche and his family!
Take a look at LaRoche playing a prank on Willie below.
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