The Chicago White Sox are not leading the league in clubhouse chemistry at the moment.
The South Siders are the talk of Major League Baseball after first baseman Adam LaRoche retired Wednesday, apparently because the White Sox asked him to not bring his 14-year-old son to the ballpark so often.
Instead of accepting the seemingly reasonable request, LaRoche instead walked away from the game, leaving $13 million on the table.
White Sox executive vice president Kenny Williams has defended the clubhouse policy, but LaRoche’s ex-teammates aren’t pleased.
According to multiple reports, the White Sox had what has been labeled a “contentious” players-management meeting about the policy and decision. Those reports indicate Sox pitcher Chris Sale had it out with Williams.
Things got so heated that White Sox players even reportedly considered a boycott of a spring training game.
The biggest issue, though, seems to center around the players’ insistence on Williams staying out of their business, if he’s not going to be in the clubhouse. In fact, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Sale told Williams to get out and stay out.
It’s likely we haven’t heard the last of this.
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