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White Sox rookie Yermín Mercedes says he’s done with baseball


In April, Yermín Mercedes was certainly one of baseball’s greatest tales whereas driving the perfect hitting begin in fashionable MLB historical past.

On Wednesday, he abruptly introduced that he’s quitting baseball. The Chicago White Sox catcher posted an Instagram message studying “it’s over” in massive white font towards a black background. It was accompanied with a message thanking God and his followers.

“First of all I want to thank God for giving me life to the fans that without them I was nothing,” Mercedes wrote, per a Chicago Sun-Times translation. “To my family for understanding me and always supporting … I walk away from baseball for a while God bless you. It’s over.”

He additionally apologized to members of the media for “my immaturity.” It’s not clear what he was referencing there. 

White Sox have not obtained retirement papers

The White Sox launched a press release that they are conscious of his message, however that they have not obtained any official correspondence from Mercedes. 

“The White Sox are aware of tonight’s Instagram post by Yermín Mercedes, who is currently on the active roster of our Class AAA team in Charlotte, NC,” the assertion reads. “At this point in time, the White Sox have not received any official notification from Yermín concerning his future plans.”

Mercedes’ historic begin

Mercedes made headlines with his scorching-hot MLB debut as he went 8-for-8 to start out his season, essentially the most consecutive hits to start out an MLB season since 1900, per Elias Sports. The 28-year-old rookie was making his long-awaited main league debut after bouncing round minor leagues since 2011. 

He’d lastly gotten his shot and made essentially the most of it. He completed April hitting .415 with 5 residence runs and 16 RBIs in 22 video games, incomes AL Rookie of the Month honors. 

Yermin Mercedes had not too long ago been despatched right down to Triple-A Charlotte amid a hitting droop. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Drama with Tony La Russa

He made headlines once more in May when he drew the ire of supervisor Tony La Russa, who criticized him for hitting a house run whereas the White Sox held an 11-run lead over the Minnesota Twins. The incident ignited a debate over the place of unwritten guidelines in fashionable baseball.

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The White Sox demoted Mercedes to Triple-A Charlotte on July 2 amid a hitting droop. He reportedly posted his Instagram message on Wednesday after being pulled for a pinch hitter within the sixth inning of Charlotte’s sport. 

Is Mercedes actually done for good?

For the season, Mercedes is slashing .271/.328/.404 with seven residence runs and 37 RBIs in 240 at-bats. La Russa instructed reporters Wednesday night time that he would attain out to Mercedes.

“As you probably know, if you are paying attention, several times he said how close we are,” La Russa mentioned, per MLB’s Scott Merkin. “He knows I’m a supporter of his. So I’ll reach out to him and see what’s going on. It could be he’s just feeling frustrated.

“I’ll attempt to clarify to him he’s obtained an enormous league future.”

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