Adam Laroche speaks of “a fundamental disagreement” with Ken Williams

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Adam LaRoche just issued a statement about his retirement and the controversy surrounding it, him, his son Drake LaRoche and the Chicago White Sox. The full statement can read here. The short version: he feels that Ken Williams did him dirty.

LaRoche said he and the Sox had an agreement that Drake could be in the clubhouse. He doesn’t say how often or whether the agreement was reduced to writing. He did say that both in Washington and in Chicago, he “made clear that if there was ever a moment when a teammate, coach or manager was made to feel uncomfortable, then [he] would immediately address it.” LaRoche said that he realized “that this is their office and their career, and it would not be fair to the team if anybody in the clubhouse was unhappy with the situation. Fortunately, that problem never developed.”

LaRoche said everything was fine until Ken Williams approached him and “advised me to significantly scale back the time that my son spent in the clubhouse. Later, I was told not to bring him to the ballpark at all.” This explains the initial report from Ken Rosenthal that Drake LaRoche was “barred” from the clubhouse. It was later walked back, by Ken Williams it should be noted, to be merely a scaling-back of his presence.

LaRoche concludes by saying that the decision to choose between his career and his family was “easy,” and that “in no way was it a reflection of how I feel about my teammates, manager, general manager or the club’s owner Jerry Reinsdorf.” No Ken Williams mentioned there, notably.

After some broad words about the importance of his family and the importance of parents spending as much time with their children as they can, he concludes:

I will leave you with the same advice that I left my teammates. In life, we’re all faced with difficult decisions and will have a choice to make. Do we act based on the consequences, or do we act on what we know and believe in our hearts to be right? I choose the latter.

The ball is in Ken Williams’ court, it would seem. And in the court of anyone who set this process in motion beyond him.

Octavio Dotel, Luis Castillo arrested in drug, money laundering investigation

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Five years ago, Octavio Dotel retired following a 15-year career in which he pitched for a then-record 13 different teams. I’m not exactly sure what he’s been up to since then, but I know that today he got arrested, as did former Marlins, Twins and Mets second baseman Luis Castillo.

That’s the report from Héctor Gómez, and from the Dominican Today, each of whom report that the two ex-big leaguers were arrested today in connection with a longstanding money laundering and/or drug investigation focused on one César Peralta. also known as “César the Abuser.” So he sounds fun. Gómez characterizes it as a money laundering thing. Reporter Dionisio Soldevila characterizes it as “drug trafficking charges.” Such charges often go hand-in-hand, of course. I’m sure more details will be come out eventually. For now we have the report of their arrests. According to the Dominican Today, four cars belonging to Dotel were confiscated as well.

Dotel didn’t debut until he was 25, and for his first couple of years with the Mets and Astros he struggled to establish himself as a starter. He was switched full-time to the Houston bullpen at 27, however, and went on to make 724 relief appearances with a 3.32 ERA and a .207 opponents’ batting average while racking up 955 strikeouts in 760 innings. At the time of his retirement his career strikeout rate — 10.8 per nine innings — was the best in the history of baseball for right-handed pitchers with at least 900 innings, edging out Kerry Wood and Pedro Martinez.

Castillo also played 15 seasons, with a career line of .290/.368/.351. He was a three-time All Star and won three Gold Glove awards.