Chicago White Sox rookie Yermin Mercedes may have announced his retirement on Wednesday night. At least that’s what everyone thinks after they saw his latest Instagram post.
“I want to apologize to all those who I inadvertently offended as a consequence of my immaturity like members of the radio, television, and press,” Mercedes wrote on Instagram. “To all the team’s members where I was involved with, I’m sorry for failing as a human being and for not accepting some of their decisions. I’m stepping aside from baseball indefinitely.”
Mercedes began his rookie year with such promise, hitting .415 with five home runs and 16 RBI in April. Unfortunately, his batting average and overall production at the plate plummeted in May and June. The White Sox eventually sent Mercedes down to the minors because of his struggles at the plate.
Last night, White Sox manager Tony La Russa was asked about the young slugger’s recent comments. He told reporters that he’ll try to change Mercedes’ mind.
“I understand you’re in Triple-A, away from the big leagues, you can get emotional,” La Russa said. “Don’t know more than that. Will reach out to him. Could be just a little frustrated. I’ll try to explain to him that he has a big league future.”
La Russa on Mercedes: "I understand you’re in Triple-A, away from big leagues you can get emotional. Don’t know more than that. Will reach out to him. Could be just a little frustrated. I’ll try to explain to him that he has a big league future."
— Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) July 22, 2021
La Russa also mentioned that he’s a “supporter” of Mercedes.
Hopefully, Mercedes can get his right mind and return to the diamond. That being said, he deserves some space during this time to figure out what he thinks is best for his career.