Told to cut son’s time in clubhouse, LaRoche left White Sox

08 Jun 2015, Chicago, Illinois, USA --- June 8, 2015 - Chicago, IL, USA - Chicago White Sox designated hitter Adam LaRoche (25) sits with his son Drake, 13, in the White Sox dugout at U.S. Cellular Field before a game against the Houston Astros on June 8, 2015 in Chicago. (Credit Image: © Erin Hooley/TNS via ZUMA Wire) --- Image by © Erin Hooley/ZUMA Press/Corbis ERIN HOOLEY, ZUMAPRESS.COM

PHOENIX (AP) – Chicago White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche said he planned to retire and walk away from a $13 million salary after being told by the team president to cut down the time his son spent in the clubhouse.

Team president Kenny Williams confirmed Wednesday that he twice asked LaRoche in the last week to “dial it back” with 14-year-old son Drake.

LaRoche abruptly said Tuesday at spring training that he planned to leave the game. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said at the time it was a “personal decision” and that LaRoche was asked to reconsider.

Williams said LaRoche’s son was a “quality young kid” and wasn’t a distraction. But Williams indicated he didn’t want anything to deter the team’s focus.

The 36-year-old LaRoche hit only .207 with 12 home runs last year.

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