By deciding to retire, Chicago White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche seems to be placing more importance on the time spent with his son than on the millions of dollars he will be leaving on the table.
In a clubhouse meeting on Tuesday, LaRoche told his teammates he intends to retire, a decision characterized as a “personal decision” by White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, reported ESPN.
LaRoche’s decision came after team vice president Ken Williams told LaRoche he could no longer bring his 14-year-old son Drake into the clubhouse, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
Williams explained his position to Rosenthal:
Retiring will mean LaRoche has to forfeit the $13 million he was due to earn this year, the last in a two-year deal that totaled $25 million.
The teenaged LaRoche, dubbed the team’s “26th man” by his father, was a regular presence in the team’s clubhouse and traveled with his father for years.
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
LaRoche, 36, had a large drop-off in production in 2015. He hit only 12 home runs and 44 RBI in 2015, after hitting 26 homers and 92 RBI the year before, according to Bleacher Report.
It is still possible, however, that LaRoche may have an about-face in regard to retiring in the next few days, per Rosenthal. MLB Player Forfeits $13 Million After Being Told He Could No Longer Bring Son into Clubhouse