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White Sox rookie Yermin Mercedes leaving baseball

CHICAGO — Yermín Mercedes, the shocking rookie who helped carry the Chicago White Sox together with his booming bat early within the season and bought despatched to the minors following a chronic droop, says he’s stepping away from baseball.

Mercedes introduced his choice on Instagram on Wednesday. He posted a picture of the phrases “it’s over.”

“First of all, I want to thank God for giving me life to the fans that without them I’m nothing,” he wrote. “I walked away from baseball for a while. God bless you. It’s over.”



Hall of Fame supervisor Tony La Russa stated he had simply heard about Mercedes’ choice to step away and deliberate to achieve out to him. He stated Mercedes has a “big league future.”

“You’re at Triple-A, you’ve tasted the big leagues, you can get emotional,” La Russa stated. “But I don’t know more than that.”

Yermin Mercedes
Yermin Mercedes
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The 28-year-old Mercedes sparked Chicago’s offense by means of the opening months of the season, batting .415 with 5 homers and 16 RBIs in 22 video games in April. In May, Mercedes angered La Russa by homering on a 3-0 pitch within the ninth inning of a recreation the White Sox led 15-4.

“As you probably know, if you’re paying attention, several times he’s said how close we were,” La Russa stated. “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 a little frustrated.”

The catcher ultimately cooled off, hitting .150 (16 for 107) over his last 31 video games with Chicago earlier than being demoted to Triple-A Charlotte on July 2.

“He’s a talented guy,” La Russa stated. “He earned the spot on the roster. Then, he earned all those at-bats. And he ran into what happens often to rookies. There’s so much video and tape and they start making adjustments. You have to learn how to adjust back. I know the stroke that he showed early — his head’s 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 stated in a press release that they had been conscious of Mercedes’ Instagram put up and that he was at the moment on the lively roster for his or her Class-AAA staff in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“At this point in time, the White Sox have not received any official notification from Yermín concerning his future plans,” the assertion stated.


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