Slugger LaRoche Calling it A Career

LaRoche, 36, launched 255 homeruns over the past 12 seasons Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
LaRoche, 36, launched 255 homeruns over the past 12 seasons
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Today we learned that we can add another player to the list of veterans hanging up their spikes, as Chicago White Sox 1B/DH Adam LaRoche has announced he will step away from the game of baseball. The left handed hitting slugger has had one of the sweetest swings over the past 12 seasons, to go along with a great glove and incredible leadership skills. LaRoche started his career with three seasons in Atlanta from 2004-2006, , two in Pittsburgh from 2007-2008, bounced around in 2009 between Pittsburgh, Boston, then back to Atlanta, played in Arizona in 2010, became the Nationals clubhouse leader from 2011-2014, and signed on with the Chicago White Sox for the 2015 season. LaRoche followed his great 2014 season with a not so good 2015 season, as he hit just .207 with a career low 12 homeruns (He did hit only three in 2011, but due to injuries did not play a full season). While he still seemed to have every intention to play for Chicago in 2016, he has been held back by back spasms early on in Spring Training. After being sidelined for a few days, LaRoche has decided to call it a career. The announcement has not been made official, as the White Sox and their front office have asked him to take a few more days to think about it, but his retirement is very likely. LaRoche's comments to news reporters this morning were this: "I have decided to step away from baseball. I'll have more in a day or two. I want to sleep on it again. I didn't come in Monday because I wanted to make sure it was the right move and not an emotional decision. I'm confident it is. Out of respect my for these guys and General Manager Rick Hahn, they have asked me to give it a day or two to confirm."