Was Adam LaRoche’s retirement due to an issue with son in White Sox clubhouse?

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Adam LaRoche and his son Drake during 2015 White Sox spring training.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Many in the baseball world, especially those on the White Sox, were caught off guard when Adam LaRoche suddenly announced his retirement on Tuesday as he prepared to enter his 13th Major League Baseball season.

On Wednesday, a report from Fox Sports shed some light on why he might have retired.

Reporter Ken Rosenthal reported that the reason LaRoche decided to retire is because his son, Drake, was no longer allowed to be in the clubhouse. The 14-year-old has traveled with LaRoche over the past few years and even had his own locker in the US Cellular Field clubhouse in 2015.

Soon after the initial tweets, Rosenthal posted this conversation he had with White Sox general manager Kenny Williams.

LaRoche said after the retirement announcement that he would speak to reporters more about his decision in the coming days.

WGN’s Tahman Bradley has more

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