News of former Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche's impending retirement came as a surprise when it broke on Tuesday, and that was before we knew the real reason why.
It turns out LaRoche is calling it quits over a disagreement with White Sox president Kenny Williams over having his son, Drake, in Chicago's clubhouse.
Check this from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports:
Drake, now 14, was a fixture in the Nationals' clubhouse when LaRoche played in Washington from 2011 through 2014. Also, Williams has seen two of his own sons drafted by the White Sox. One of them, Tyler, currently plays in their farm system.
Rosenthal further explained Williams' issue with Drake being around by saying they wanted LaRoche to just bring his son in less. Just scaling it back, however, was not good enough for the 12-year veteran first baseman. LaRoche is giving up his salary of $13 million for the 2016 season to walk away.
We knew LaRoche was stepping away for a personal issue, but few could have guessed this would be the reason.
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It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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We are fortunate enough to live in a world where we can watch a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (attempt to) hit against a three-time Cy Young pitcher in a Major League Baseball preseason game.
Max Scherzer took less than a minute to strike out Tim Tebow, who was batting cleanup for the Mets in a spring training game Friday. You can watch the whole at-bat here:
It looks like Tebow and Scherzer are starting to develop a pattern - last year’s matchup between the two went down the exact same way.
Tebow was able to redeem himself later in the game with his first hit of the year against Nats prospect Erick Fedde. He will likely begin the season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes Tebow will eventually see some at-bats in the Majors.