Obviously, there are take-backs in baseball.
After suddenly announcing one day that he would be retiring from baseball, White Sox catcher Yermin Mercedes retracted his earlier statement and did not retire.
On Wednesday, the 28-year-old — who made headlines earlier in the season for his incredible MLB hitting starts — posted “It’s over” in large white letters to his Instagram.
“First of all I want to thank God for giving life to the fans that without them I was nothing,” Mercedes wrote, according to a Chicago Sun-Times translation of the original Spanish. “For my family to understand and support me always… I walked away from baseball for a while. God bless. It’s all over.”
To reporters, Catcher apologized for “my immaturity,” but did not reveal further what he was referring to.
The White Sox told the press they had heard nothing of his retirement from Mercedes and announced that he would be on the active roster for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights on Thursday. He was spotted in uniform for Thursday night’s game and soon removed his retirement post.
Mercedes posted a photo of a Phoenix rising from the ashes in an Instagram post on Thursday, announcing that he would not quit baseball.
“I will never give up,” he wrote in Spanish. “I stayed in the minor leagues for 10 years. My dream is to become an established player in the major leagues.
“I am apologetic.”
In addition, he apologized to his family, fans and the White Sox, thanking God for “guiding me in the right way”.
Mercedes, a rookie who began his major league career with an 8-for-8, cemented himself in MLB history with the most consecutive hits to start a season since 1900. He destroyed five home runs and 16 RBIs, hitting .415 in April. 22 games; That month he earned Rookie of the Month honors.
The Yarminator – who had been in the minors since 2011 – was primarily a designated hitter for the White Sox and was demoted to Triple-A on July 2 amid a meltdown. As per reports, he had posted his early retirement message after being swapped out. For a pinch hitter during the sixth inning.