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Yermin Mercedes Steps Away From Baseball “Indefinitely”

11:05pm: White Sox supervisor Tony La Russa solely discovered of Mercedes’ publish after tonight’s recreation towards the Twins however tells reporters he plans to succeed in out to Mercedes (Twitter links by way of MLB.com’s Scott Merkin).

La Russa drew loads of criticism earlier this yr for not supporting Mercedes after he missed a take signal and hit a 3-0 house run in a blowout win over Minnesota. Many have instantly jumped to the conclusion that La Russa’s dealing with of the state of affairs contributed to Mercedes’ choice as we speak, though there’s nothing to help that line of hypothesis. La Russa advised that he and Mercedes are nonetheless on good phrases:

“As you in all probability know, in case you are paying consideration, a number of instances he stated how shut we’re. He is aware of I’m a supporter of his. So I’ll attain out to him and see what’s occurring. It may very well be he’s simply feeling annoyed. … I’ll attempt to clarify to him he’s obtained an enormous league future.”

9:15pm: White Sox designated hitter/catcher Yermin Mercedes announced on Instagram tonight that he’s stepping away from baseball “indefinitely.” The 28-year-old thanked his household, agent Daniel Szew, and his former teammates earlier than concluding his publish with the phrases: “it’s over.”

It’s a surprising growth for a participant whose breakout efficiency was one of many largest storylines of the early 2021 season. Mercedes began the season because the White Sox’ designated hitter and went 8-for-8 to start the yr. Mercedes batted .368/.417/.571 by means of the season’s first 38 video games, however he adopted that up with a .150/.220/.196 throughout his subsequent 118 plate appearances.

The White Sox optioned Mercedes to Triple-A Charlotte again on July 2, and he’s been ripping by means of minor league pitching since that point. In 14 video games and 61 plate appearances, he’s batting .309/.377/.655 with 4 house runs, 5 doubles and a triple.

Regardless of Mercedes’ publish tonight, the White Sox say they haven’t obtained any formal indication from the participant himself. The group launched the next assertion:

“The White Sox are conscious of tonight’s Instagram publish by Yermín Mercedes, who’s presently on the energetic roster of our Class AAA group in Charlotte. At this time limit, the White Sox haven’t obtained any official notification from Yermín regarding his future plans.”

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