Craig Calcaterra

White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf issues a statement about the Adam LaRoche fiasco


I’ve speculated that a White Sox player probably complained about Drake LaRoche. Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated has another explanation which could be even more likely, at least insofar as these things can be measured by the application of Occam’s Razor: White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf complained.

That would explain Ken Williams falling on his sword over it. It would likewise explain Chris Sale‘s allegation that Williams tried to blame players for it in that heated team meeting. Williams feeling the heat because he’s not being truthful but not so much heat that he’s gonna rat out his boss. As for why Reinsdorf might have made an issue out of it? Eh, old man billionaire owner doesn’t like to see kids running around and just finally noticed how often Drake LaRoche is hanging out.

Like we’ve said: we don’t know. We can only speculate. That’s not some bad speculating. We’ll eventually know the facts. In the meantime, Reinsdorf issued a statement about all of this which is kind of hilarious:

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I’m sure he really “appreciates” the interest in this story and it’s not at all a horrifying distraction which unexpectedly blew up way bigger than anyone assumed it would.

Adam LaRoche is going to give a statement about his retirement here shortly. I’d like to think it’ll be a barn-burner, but I’m guessing he’ll take the high road and let Chris Sale scorch the Earth and, um, the barn for him.

The White Sox’ clubhouse is blowing up over the Adam LaRoche situation


“This business will get out of control. It will get out of control and we’ll be lucky to live through it.”Admiral Josh Painter, “The Hunt for Red October.” Or maybe it was Chris Sale who said it. Hard to tell at this point.

Emotions and anger boiled over at White Sox camp in Glendale today, as Chris Sale went off on Executive Vice President Ken Williams over the ongoing Adam LaRoche drama. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Sale hung up Adam LaRoche and Drake LaRoche uniforms in his locker. A gesture often reserved for, you know, players who died. In case you were wondering how some of the Sox players feel about this whole situation.

The Drake jersey had words written on it to Sale from the young man which read “Thanks for everything. I’ll never forget you!” It’s as if he was lost at sea, not out hunting with his dad someplace at the moment.

Sale then expressed to reporters just how upset he and some of his teammates are:

Adam Eaton, the club’s union rep, was the latest voice to suggest that LaRoche’s contract had language in it which ensured Drake LaRoche’s presence in the clubhouse. As we noted before, it’s quite possible that the language did not speak to a specific amount of time Drake could be there, which may have made Ken Williams feel comfortable asking Adam to limit his son’s access. As we also noted before, however, in the context of a grievance over this, the contract language may not really matter as much as custom, habit and expectations. Either way, Eaton suggested that a grievance would be filed and that he is going to be in contact with the MLBPA.

I’m stuck on Sale’s accusation that Williams lied. That Williams blamed teammates and coaches for the new Drake LaRoche policy. Williams said before that he was acting on his own accord, not at the request of Sox players. Sale said Williams blamed others. Was that a lie or did he lie about player complaints? One of them would have to be a lie, no? Assuming he said what Sale said he said.

You know where I stand on this, of course, but that hardly matters at this point. What matters is that the Sox’ ace — and likely several other players for whom he presumably speaks — is up in arms. At the moment he’s up in arms at his front office. But if other players complained about Drake LaRoche — and it’s likely that they did — how long until Sale comes to accept that? And then what happens? If Sale is this angry in front of reporters about a team executive, how is he going to respond to White Sox players once he realizes that this wasn’t all just Ken Williams’ doing?

Brad Penny announces his retirement

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Gregor Chisholm of reports that Brad Penny is retiring.

The Blue Jays had signed the veteran right-hander to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. He appeared in three games, allowing three runs on eight hits in five innings so far this spring. He obviously felt like didn’t have anything left, and the results seemed to confirm it.

Penny last saw big league action making a handful of appearances with the Marlins in 2014. He had thrown a grand total of 54 innings in the majors dating back to 2012. He lost a bid for a rotation spot with the White Sox last spring and spent the entire 2015 season in Triple-A, posting a 4.46 ERA and 81/33 K/BB ratio over 135 1/3 innings. So, yeah, it was time.

Penny finishes his career with a record of 121-101 and a 4.29 ERA (ERA+ of 99) in a respectable 14-year career with the Marlins, Dodgers, Cardinals, Giants, Red Sox and Tigers.

Happy trails, Brad.