Friday brought the White Sox bizarre clubhouse scandal its first shift away from a weird debate over Adam LaRoche‘s child-rearing. Unfortunately, it’s because it became a more direct story of organizational discord, with franchise player Chris Sale, and LaRoche — who might have an even bigger national profile these days — calling team president Kenny Williams a liar. Sale, […]
Hard to imagine anyone was foolish enough to speculate that Adam LaRoche‘s decision to retire Tuesday was based on fringe issues like mounting injuries and declining skills. Naturally it was a dispute prompted by a disagreement over the regularity with which LaRoche could bring his son to the clubhouse, of course.
Per WARP, the White Sox were at or below replacement level at three positions last year: 2B (-1.6 WARP), 3B (-0.8), and DH (0.0).* This year, PECOTA (before Adam LaRoche’s unexpected retirement) projects a WARP total of 1.9 at 2B, 2.3 at 3B, and 1.9 at DH.** Acquiring Brett Lawrie and Todd Frazier filled the […]
White Sox fans could be forgiven for not giving thought to Adam LaRoche the person much before Tuesday afternoon. After all, it wasn’t really their place. Even clubhouse tales of LaRoche’s character and integrity could be filed away as intangible considerations for figuring the value of LaRoche the player, and after a miserable 2015 season, […]