MLB player retires after team says he can't bring his son in the clubhouse

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White Sox DH Adam LaRoche to Retire

Adam LaRoche has hit 255 home runs over his dozen seasons in the MLB for the Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Nationals and Chicago White Sox.

But it seems like that career is coming to an abrupt end.

News emerged Tuesday that LaRoche was suddenly retiring three weeks into spring training. Initial speculation was that his fall-off in numbers had something to do with it. Later reports indicated that a personal issue was the cause. But just a day later, we know the real situation at play.

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GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 27: Infielder Adam LaRoche #25 of the Chicago White Sox poses for a portrait during spring training photo day at Camelback Ranch on February 27, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 30: Willie Robertson (R) star of Duck Dynasty talks with Adam LaRoche #25 of the Chicago White Sox after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before theme between the Chicago White Sox and the Seattle Mariners on August 30, 2015 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 23: Adam LaRoche #25 of the Chicago White Sox rounds the bases after hitting a two-run homer in the sixth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on August 23, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 31: Adam LaRoche #25 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the New York Yankees during the ninth inning on July 31, 2015 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 25: Drake the son of Adam LaRoche #25 of the Chicago White Sox throws a ball during batting practice before the start of MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 25, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 25: Adam LaRoche #25 of the Chicago White Sox wears a Wounded Warrior Project shirt on Memorial Day during batting practice before the start of MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 25, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - MAY 07: Adam LaRoche #25 of the Chicago White Sox loosens up in the on-deck circle against the Detroit Tigers on May 7, 2015 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO - APRIL 11: Adam LaRoche #25 of the Chicago White Sox fields against the Minnesota Twins on April 11, 2015 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 04: Adam LaRoche #25 of the Washington Nationals looks on in the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 4, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 07: Adam LaRoche #25 of the Washington Nationals fields a ball hit by Brandon Crawford #35 of the San Francisco Giants for an out in the fourth inning during Game Four of the National League Division Series at AT&T Park on October 7, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 18: Adam LaRoche #25 of the Washington Nationals looks on during a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on September 18, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA. September 16: Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) hugs his son Drake after their win at Turner field on September 16, 2014 in Atlanta, GA. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 10: Adam LaRoche #25 of the Washington Nationals bats against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on September 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 31: Adam LaRoche #25 of the Washington Nationals bats against the Texas Rangers at Nationals Park on May 31, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 07: Adam LaRoche #25 of the Washington Nationals looks to make a catch during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Nationals Park on May 7, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images)
VIERA, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Adam LaRoche #25 of the Washington Nationals poses for a portrait at Space Coast Stadium during photo day on February 23, 2014 in Viera, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Adam LaRoche #25 of the Washington Nationals in action against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 12, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Nationals defeated the Mets 7-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 25: Adam LaRoche #25 of the Washington Nationals throws to second base in a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on August 25, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Royals defeated the Nationals 6-4. (Photo by Jay Biggerstaff/TUSP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 29: Adam LaRoche #25 of the Washington Nationals in action against the New York Mets at Citi Field on June 29, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Nationals 5-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 01: Adam LaRoche #25 of the Washington Nationals warms up before the game against the Miami Marlins during Opening Day at Nationals Park on April 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 02: Adam LaRoche #25 of the Washington Nationals rounds second base after hitting a solo home run in the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park on August 2, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 17: Adam LaRoche #25 of the Washington Nationals looks on during batting practice prior to a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park on May 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Pirates won 5-3. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, LaRoche retired when White Sox president Ken Williams told him that his son being in the clubhouse at all times was becoming problematic.

He later added more context, including quotes from Williams, in a Facebook post.

Just talked to #White Sox president Ken Williams. Here is what he told me about LaRoche:"There has been no policy...

Posted by Ken Rosenthal on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

LaRoche's relationship with his son is unique, and one that has clearly created strong feelings from people in the organization. It's clear why some might be less than pleased with a teenager in the locker room at all times. At the same time, LaRoche maintaining such a close relationship with his son is admirable.

The 36-year-old was quoted in 2013 as saying he valued his son being around his baseball team more than a classroom.

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"We're not big on school. I told my wife, 'He's going to learn a lot more useful information in the clubhouse than he will in the classroom, as far as life lessons,' " he said then to the Washington Post.

The story, written when LaRoche was a member of the Washington Nationals, said that Drake attended classes in the winter months.

According to Rosenthal, LaRoche could still be mulling over a return to the team.

Bryce Harper, a former teammate of LaRoche, tweeted his support.

For LaRoche, retiring would mean walking away from $13 million.

This will surely be a situation to monitor over the coming days.

Ranking every stadium in Major League Baseball

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30. Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay Rays

The playing surface is a mixture of grass and artificial turf, and there are fire inspection rings in play over head. Must be a joy to play in.

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29. Rogers Centre, Toronto Blue Jays

The only things worse than this warehouse-looking place are the metric measurements on the outfield walls.

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28. O.co Coliseum, Oakland A's

Any place sewage seeps back through the clubhouse drains probably isn’t a suitable location for pro sports.

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

27. Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas Rangers

Remember when this place was state of the art? Neither do we.

(AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)

26. U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago White Sox

What’s more bland than the Chicago White Sox? Their uniforms. What’s worse than that? The stadium.

(AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

25. Turner Field, Atlanta Braves

This place won’t live to see its 20th birthday. Good luck to the Braves’ next home, which will probably still always be empty, too.

(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

24. Marlins Park, Miami Marlins

Makes perfect sense for an orange and teal team to play in a stadium with neon green everything. Also, has anyone ever figured out what exactly this is? 

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

23. Angel Stadium, Los Angeles Angels

Nothin’ like some fake rocks in center field to really set the mood for a baseball game.

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22. Progressive Field, Cleveland Indians

The fact that it’s no longer Jacobs Field bumps this down at least five spots.

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21. Busch Stadium, St. Louis Cardinals

Can this place just stay out of the playoffs just once?

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20. Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati Reds

How cheap is that wind tunnel?

 (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

19. Chase Field, Arizona Diamondbacks

Center field is the deepest part of the stadium, guys. The wall doesn’t need to be that high.

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18. Yankee Stadium, New York Yankees

Great place to see the best baseball players of the 20th century.

(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

17. Miller Park, Milwaukee Brewers

Bernie sliding down that slide for every home run is ridiculous and awesome at the same time. Every time.

(AP Photo/Morry Gash)

16. Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia Phillies

Once you get over the fact that some little league parks have deeper fences? Cool place to catch a game.

 (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

15. Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles Dodgers

They should probably just name it Vin Scully Stadium at this point. Might help them out in these rankings.

 (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

14. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City Royals

The scoreboard being shaped like a long crown is a bit odd, but you can’t blame them for playing up the whole royalty thing.

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

13. Coors Field, Colorado Rockies

If it’s not a blizzard in Denver, Coors Field is still pretty impressive. But let’s lose those humidors and get these balls flying like its 2001. 

(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

12. Comerica Park, Detroit Tigers

Credit to the grounds crew for making sure the infield didn’t collapse through the ground while Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera manned the corners. That approached a good 600 pounds of man.

 (AP Photo/Matt Halip)

11. Minute Maid Park, Houston Astros

Get back to us next year, once that ridiculous hill and flag pole are scrapped.

(AP Photo/Bob Levey)

10. Target Field, Minnesota Twins

You probably won’t want to sit outside in Minnesota until about mid-June, but after that, Target Field is tough to beat.

 (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

9. Citi Field, New York Mets

Ownership may be fresh out of cash, but at least its stadium has an awesome selection of $12 beers. 

(AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

8. Nationals Park, Washington Nationals

It’s been seven years, and the team just can’t sell these naming rights. Strangely, this makes the park even cooler.

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

7. Safeco Field, Seattle Mariners

For a stadium that opened up in 1999, the Mariners’ digs have held up pretty well -- even when their roster hasn’t.

 (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

6.. Petco Park, San Diego Padres

Fun fact: An old candy factory building was physically moved to make room for the stadium. 

(AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

5. Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox

Relax, Fenway is definitely an amazing place to watch a game. But sitting directly behind a pole and/or facing the left-center field wall just isn’t always appealing.

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4. Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs

We’re glad the Cubs decided to keep their old home intact, but there’s no two ways about it: Until renovation is complete, Wrigley is a dump.

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

3. PNC Park, Pittsburgh Pirates

After two decades under .500, the Pirates are finally playing some winning ball again. Good thing, because their park deserves as many games as possible.

 (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

2. Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore Orioles

Still as beautiful as the day it opened in 1992, Camden Yards is headed toward becoming the next legendary American ballpark. 

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

1. AT&T Park, San Francisco Giants

Already 15 years and three names later, AT&T Park remains the best place to watch a Major League Baseball game. Between the amazing food, packed-out stands and the glistening bay in right field, San Francisco is lucky to call it home. 

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