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Chicago White Sox considered boycotting game to support Adam LaRoche

By The Sports Xchange
Chicago White Sox considered boycotting game to support Adam LaRoche
Former Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25). UPI/Kevin Dietsch | License Photo

Chicago White Sox players considered boycotting Wednesday's spring training game against Milwaukee to show support for Adam LaRoche, their former teammate who retired on Tuesday after team president Ken Williams told the slugger that he had to limit the time his 14-year-old son could spend with the team.

ESPN reported that White Sox manager Robin Ventura convinced the players to take the field. Sources said the players were "united" in support of LaRoche.

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According to ESPN, "Sources said there is a division between those in the front office, and Ventura and his players regarding clubhouse access."

LaRoche was to be paid $13 million this season. He filed his retirement papers, according to MLB.com, but the White Sox have not yet filed similar documents, which gives LaRoche the opportunity to reconsider his decision.

The 36-year-old struggled last season hitting .207 with 12 home runs and 44 RBIs in 127 games.

In eight of his 10 seasons, LaRoche hit at least 20 home runs and drove in 75 runs.

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