In the game of baseball, there are several reasons for walking away from the game. It’s either through injury, loss of interest, or a swing that simply does not pack the power anymore.
But for Adam LeRoche, he allegedly retired from the game was for a different reason: he could not grant management request to limit his son’s clubhouse presence. In an article that hugged the headlines of the Chicago Tribune, it was said that LeRoche was leaving the game because management made a simple request to limit his son Drake’s appearance in the Chicago White Sox clubhouse.
Last year, LeRoche walked into the Whie Sox clubhouse many times who became a fixture for the team. The 14-year old even had his own locker. The news triggered a conversation about the propriety of bringing children into locker rooms as well as how much is too much when taking your children to sports.
With the decision to retire, the White Sox designated hitter will most likely walk away from the $13 million remaining on his contract. LeRoche was very close to his 14-year old son that he even called him the team’s sixth man. Still, many wondered why the 36-year old hitter would quit the sport just because of the policy. This also put doubts on LeRoche’s mental readiness for the rigors of a 162-game season if a simple request made the management coaxed him to retirement.
In a statement, Chicago White Sox President Kevin Williams said that “There was no policy change in the allowance of kids in the clubhouse, on the field, and on the back spring during spring training. This young man we’re talking about, Drake, everybody loves this young man and in no way do I want this to be about him.”
“I asked Adam that our focus, our interest, our desire this year is to make sure we give ourselves every opportunity to focus daily on getting better. All I am asking with regards to bringing a kid to the ballpark is ‘dial it back’ “said Williams.
Although he has not yet officially retired, but if he does, then LeRoche has played for 12 seasons. In 1,605 career games, he has 255 homers with a .265 batting average. He won a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger with the Washington Nationals in 2012.
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