Several players and staff members privately complained to White Sox management recently about the constant presence of LaRoche’s 14-year-old son, Drake, in the clubhouse. Drake LaRoche, multiple people say, was with the team about 120 games during the 2015 season. The officials spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the club has forbid officials from commenting. … And simply not everyone felt comfortable with Drake’s constant presence, even called the White Sox’s 26th man. Apparently, no one ever told LaRoche. These players and staff members didn’t feel comfortable even sharing it with their own teammates, with several White Sox players saying they never heard a complaint. But they did express their views to management.
LaRoche retired this week because he claims Williams went back on his word about allowing his 14-year-old son, Drake LaRoche, to be around the team as much as possible. Depending on which side you believe, LaRoche either was asked to scale back his son’s presence around the team or to end it completely. Regardless, it was a $13 million decision for LaRoche, who will forfeit his 2016 salary by walking away from the game.