The 12-year major-league veteran said he is confident in his decision, but his teammates asked him to reconsider during a nearly two-hour-long team meeting at Camelback Ranch on Tuesday morning.
LaRoche, 36, said out of respect for the Sox he will consider their requests before talking more on the subject.
“I’m confident I am stepping away from baseball,” LaRoche said. “My teammates have asked me for an hour (to reconsider). I’ve tried to convince them I am convinced, but I will do them that, and give it a day or two, and then come back in and finish the story.”
LaRoche had played in just two spring training games this year before being sidelined with back spasms. He homered in his first game and was 1-for-5.
Sox manager Robin Ventura had said Sunday that LaRoche planned to return to the lineup Monday, but LaRoche didn’t play in the game against the Royals. LaRoche walked into the Sox clubhouse about 9 a.m. Tuesday in street clothes, accompanied by his son Drake, who has a locker at the Sox’s spring training and home facilities.
“I didn’t come in yesterday because I wanted to make sure it was the right move and not make an emotional decision, but I’m confident it is,” LaRoche said.
LaRoche joined the Sox on a two-year, $25 million contract before the 2015 season, but his first season with the…