Chicago White Sox rookie Yermín Mercedes announced he is stepping away from baseball after being demoted to Triple-A this month. On his social media Wednesday, Mercedes posted the message “it’s over,” along with a caption in which he says he’s walking away from baseball for a while.
The White Sox said Wednesday that they are aware of Mercedes’ post on Instagram, but have not received any official notice from Mercedes of his future plans, and that he’s still on the Triple-A Charlotte Knights’ roster. In 14 games with Charlotte entering Wednesday, Mercedes was slashing .309/.377/.655 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in 55 at-bats. He was pinch hit for in the sixth inning of Charlotte’s game Wednesday.
After Chicago’s 7-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday, manager Tony La Russa said he was just hearing about the news and that he’d reach out to Mercedes.
“Could be just a little frustrated. I’ll try to explain to him that he has a big-league future. … He’s a talented guy,” La Russa said.
Mercedes, who in April became the first player in the modern era to start the season with eight consecutive hits, was optioned to Charlotte on July 2. After his hot start in April (five home runs, 16 RBIs), Mercedes was sent down with a .271/.328/.404 slash line and seven home runs and 37 RBIs in 68 games.
In May, La Russa was critical of Mercedes swinging at a pitch in a 3-0 count in a 16-4 win against the Twins.