CHICAGO — Yermin Mercedes, the surprising rookie who helped lead the Chicago White Sox with his fast-moving bat at the start of the season and was sent to the minors after a prolonged slump, says he is moving away from baseball. is.
Mercedes announced its decision on Instagram on Wednesday. He posted an image of the words “It’s over”.
He wrote, “First of all I want to thank God for giving life to the fans that without them I am nothing.” “I walked away from baseball for a while. God bless you. It’s all over.”
Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa said he had just heard about Mercedes’ decision to step down and planned to contact them. He said Mercedes has a “big league future”.
“You’re in Triple-A, you’ve tasted the big leagues, you can get emotional,” La Russa said. “But I don’t know much more than that.”
The 28-year-old Mercedes flared up Chicago’s offense in the early months of the season, batting .415 in 22 games in April with five homers and 16 RBIs. In May, Mercedes angered La Russa by homing in on a 3–0 pitch in the ninth inning of a game in which the White Sox led 15–4.
“As you probably know, if you’ve been paying attention, many times they have said how close we were,” La Russa said. “He knows I’m a supporter of him. So I’ll reach out to him and see what’s up. Maybe he’s a little disappointed.”
The catcher eventually cooled down, scoring .150 (16 for 107) in his final 31 matches with Chicago, before being demoted to Triple-A Charlotte on July 2.
“He’s a genius,” said La Russa. “He earned a spot on the roster. Then, he earned all those batsmen. And that run is what often happens with rookies. There’s a lot of videos and tapes and they start making adjustments. You have to learn that back How to adjust. I know the stroke he showed early – his head is on the ball and he’s not getting too big – he can make those adjustments and he can hit in the big leagues.”
The White Sox said in a statement that they were aware of Mercedes’ Instagram post and that he was currently on the active roster for their Class-AAA team in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“At this time, the White Sox has not received any official notification from Yermin regarding its future plans,” the statement said.