Yermin Mercedes of Chicago White Sox, recently demoted to triple A, “stepping out” from baseball
On Wednesday night, Chicago White Sox rookie Yermin Mercedes wrote in an Instagram post that he was “straying” from baseball indefinitely while apologizing to the team for not “agreeing to some of the their decisions “.
The message was accompanied by a picture of the words “it’s over”.
“I want to apologize to anyone I have inadvertently offended due to my immaturity, such as members of radio, television and the press,” Mercedes wrote in her post. “To all of the team I’ve been involved with, I’m sorry that I failed as a human being and didn’t come to terms with some of their decisions. I’m walking away from baseball indefinitely.”
It is not known which decisions Mercedes was referring to in its post.
Earlier Wednesday, on her Instagram Story, Mercedes posted “El Retiro” – or “retirement” – with a thoughtful emoji.
Mercedes, 28, won the AL Player of the Week title to open the season and reached 0.415 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 22 games in April, but struggled afterward. Her batting average fell to 0.271 before being demoted to Charlotte Triple-A in early July.
The White Sox were apparently caught off guard by Mercedes’ intentions on Wednesday night.
“The White Sox are aware of tonight’s Instagram post from Yermín Mercedes, who is currently on the active roster of our Class AAA team in Charlotte, NC,” the team said in a statement. “At this time, the White Sox have not received any official notification from Yermín regarding his future plans.”
Manager Tony La Russa, who heard about Mercedes’ post following the White Sox’s 7-2 loss to the Twins on Wednesday, said he would try to contact him.
“I understand you’re in Triple-A, away from the big leagues you can get emotional,” La Russa said. “I don’t know more than that. I’ll contact him. Maybe just a little frustrated. I’ll try to explain to him that he has a future in the league.”
Mercedes wore her emotions up her sleeve, playing arrogantly as an older rookie, but it was the subject of controversy in May when La Russa criticized her for swinging on a 3-0 pitch during the ‘a resounding victory over the Minnesota Twins; Mercedes replied that he was not going to change. He won the hearts of White Sox fans after making the squad when outfielder Eloy Jimenez was injured during spring training. A local restaurant even named a burger in his honor: the “Yerminator”.
Mercedes ran into other issues besides swinging on a 3-0 pitch. He was benched in a game in early May for arriving late to the stadium, and he expressed disappointment after being sent to the minors.
“He’s a talented guy,” La Russa said. “He earned his place on the roster. Then he won all these at-bats. And he encountered what often happens to rookies. There are so many videos and tapes, and they’re starting to make adjustments. “You have to learn to adapt. I know the shot he showed at the start – his head is on the ball and he doesn’t get too big – he can make those adjustments and he can hit in the big leagues.” ‘