A Major League Baseball catcher has announced his shocking retirement at the age of 28.
Yermin Mercedes, who had an incredibly good April for the Chicago White Sox, announced on Instagram that “it’s over.”
The 28-year-old Dominican Republic product had recently been sent down to the minor leagues. Earlier on Wednesday, Mercedes hinted at a retirement decision.
Now, it appears to have been made official.
Yermin Mercedes has retired, he announces on Instagram. pic.twitter.com/P3bWDXgFVm
— Britt Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) July 22, 2021
Mercedes was named the MLB’s Rookie of the Month in April of this season. He hit .415 in April with five home runs and 16 RBI. The White Sox catcher struggled in May and June, though, and was recently sent down to the minor leagues.
However, Mercedes had been hitting well at the Triple-A level.
In an Instagram post, Yermin Mercedes, an April sensation with the Chicago White Sox, says he's stepping "away from baseball for a while … it's over."
Mercedes was sent to AAA earlier this month and had been playing well, hitting .309/.377/.655. pic.twitter.com/11P6EgpiKn
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 22, 2021
Mercedes has spent time in multiple Major League organizations. He was originally signed by the Washington Nationals in 2011 and later played in the Baltimore Orioles’ organization. Mercedes was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 2017 Rule 5 Draft. He made his Major League debut with the White Sox in 2020.
The White Sox have been one of the best teams in the American League this season, at 58-37 on the year.