WICHITA, KS – Just a few months after his retirement made waves across Major League Baseball and professional sports, a former White Sox first baseman is ready to return to the field in his home state.
On Sunday the National Baseball Congress, which hosts a summer tournament in Wichita every year, announced that Adam LaRoche has formed a team called the “Kansas Stars” for the event.
LaRoche along with former MLB pitcher Nate Robinson have formed a 25-man team of former pros to take part in the event. The team’s pitching staff includes seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens, four-time All-Star Tim Hudson, three-time All-Stars Josh Beckett and Roy Oswalt along with two-time All-Star Jason Isringhausen.
The lineup will include former MLB standouts J.D. Drew, Brandon Inge, and Dan Uggla. You can see the entire roster here.
Entering its 84th year, the National Baseball Congress World Series is an annual tournament that was founded in 1934 and features teams made up primarily of amateur baseball players. Pool play begins on July 29th and concludes with the championship on August 13th at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita.
Already it’s been decided that the Kansas Stars will be allowed to bypass the qualification round and will start play in the second week of the tournament with their first game being played on August 6th at 9:30 PM.
LaRoche played his high school baseball in Fort Scott, Kansas. He would play 12 MLB seasons for the Braves, Pirates, Red Sox, Diamondbacks, Nationals and White Sox, winning a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Award in 2012.
During Spring Training, LaRoche retired from the White Sox in order to spend more time with his son, 14-year old Drake after general manager Kenny Williams wanted restrict his clubhouse access. It was a decision that triggered debate about children in professional clubhouses since Drake was often with the team during LaRoche’s first season with the White Sox in 2015.
He walked away from $13 million dollars he was set to earn for the 2016 season.