Adam LaRoche, White Sox are both right in this clubhouse situation

Adam LaRoche’s son Drake has been at the White Sox clubhouse every day during spring. He is homeschooled so that allows him to be with his father as much as he wants. Adam was given permission to have his son at camp every day. It’s not common to have a family member have unlimited access, but it seemed that Drake’s presence was not a disturbance to the team.

General manager Kenny Williams thought that maybe this unlimited access was too much and asked Adam about reducing it in half. Instead of the two trying to compromise, LaRoche retired.

I have given this some thought and I think both are right.

For starters, LaRoche is family first so if he felt that his son was disrespected, he felt that he did what was right. If he couldn’t see his son daily at work, then leaving work was the right choice for him.

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The John Scott All-Star Game happy ending was perfect

I think the All-Star Game fan voting across all sports should be eliminated. It serves no great purpose and players who don’t deserve to go to the game are taking away votes that should be going to players who should have a spot on the roster.

But with that said, since fan voting still exists, I am glad that the outcome of the John Scott fiasco turned out the way it did.

Scott did everything right leading up to the weekend. He tried to not get involved in the voting craziness that happened but when it was obvious that he was going to the game, he embraced it. Unfortunately the NHL tried to stop all of this but the fan demand was too high.

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NHL’s decision on John Scott’s All-Star Game status was more to save PR face

This was the only way it could be. The NHL faced a disastrous PR nightmare with the John Scott thing. There had already been rumbling that the league asked him to decline the All-Star Game invitation despite the fans voting him in as captain. Then the trade to Montreal really made it seem like the NHL was going to let that trade make Scott ineligible.

Fortunately, the NHL did the right thing. I don’t know if they did it because they felt that it was the right thing to do or they did it because they wanted to avoid any backlash if they left Scott off the roster.

Either way, what we have is the NHL admitting that the game itself doesn’t matter. If the fan vote doesn’t have any value, then what’s the point of this game? It’s already a game that people don’t really watch and the NHL can’t afford to lose the one thing the fans care about.

The NHL did the right thing only because they had no other choice.

The good and bad of the Rams coming back to Los Angeles

The St. Louis Rams are no more. The NFL has approved of the Rams to return to Los Angeles after 21 years away. Los Angeles has been desiring for a team for quite some time and they are getting one. They might even get a second one.

But this is great news for Los Angeles and sad news for St. Louis.

On one hand, one of the biggest markets in all of America finally has its football team back. There should be some great excitement in the city for a new football team.

But this is also a sad day for St. Louis, a city with passionate fans but the business side of the league caught up to them.

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Don’t be satisfied or settle for Jed York’s press conference explanations

Jed York said everything he was supposed to say as he addressed the San Francisco 49ers’ ugly 2015 season. He said that Jim Tomsula was a great guy but the team had to go another direction. He admitted that he missed on trying to make this season competitive for the 49ers. He didn’t even really address Jim Harbaugh. He says he gets too emotional on Twitter. He said a lot of things on Monday. None of it really matters.

What York has put the team through in the past two seasons warrants more than just a press conference with “all the right words” to make everything better. But there was nothing he could do Monday to truly salvage the ugliness the team has endured.

The press conference was a given. The speech and message to fans was a nice touch. But that’s not what the team needs at this time. York knows he messed up. His conference on Monday was only for him to admit that fact. And that is only the first step in a long process of righting the wrongs.

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I’m not sure how I feel about Pete Rose anymore

I sat at my desk today watching Pete Rose’s press conference. It was a day after he was denied by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred for reinstatement. It was not a surprise that the commissioner came to that decision. But after watching Rose speak, I am very unsure how I feel about his case.

Prior to all this, I had been an advocate for Rose being inducted into the Hall of Fame. Of course with his ban, he was not eligible. Even though Manfred clarified that MLB’s ruling is separate on what the Hall of Fame should rule, I still believed that Rose should be in the Hall solely for his accomplishments as a player.

But his gambling hurt the game. He still continues to gamble today. It was wrong then. But he does it legally now. The longer this issue lingered, the more I wondered if he should get in.

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Why the timing of the new 49ers black alternate uniform seems to be perfect

On Thursday, I took some time to digest the new 49ers black alternate uniform. After about 24 hours since it first surfaced, I have determined that this was the perfect time for these uniforms to exist.

Here are my personal thoughts.

Let me preface that the 49ers didn’t need an alternate uniform. In fact, if they wanted to introduce a new set for the upcoming season, they should have brought back a throwback. Those 1994 throwbacks are very popular and would have been a much better choice.

But due to the limitations of creativity for alternate uniforms in the NFL, the 49ers had little to no choice but to go with black. (Take a look at the alternate uniforms in MLB, NBA and NHL. All of them break away from the same template of the team’s standard design. In the NFL, all templates remain the same.)

But the question simply remains: Why?

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