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Chicago White Sox rookie Yermin Mercedes has decided to retire from baseball.
The 28-year-old’s surprise announcement comes after he was demoted to Triple-A. Mercedes made the announcement via Instagram on Wednesday.
However, according to James Fegan of The Athletic, the White Sox have not yet received any official message about Mercedes’ decision.
Mercedes was one of the biggest stories in baseball during the first few weeks of the 2021 season. After hitting .415/.455/.659 through the end of April with five home runs and 34 hits in 22 games, he was named AL Rookie of the Month.
However, his decline came soon after. In May, he hit .221/.292/.326 with two homeruns in 28 games. During that time, White Sox manager Tony La Russa ripped off Mercedes for hitting a home run on a 3-0 count of a position player pitching in a blowout win.
Last month, Mercedes’ battle hit a new low, with the Dominican native taking down .159/.221/.190 in 18 games. His relegation to Triple-A came earlier this month.
Although Mercedes has produced in Triple-A, it currently doesn’t have much of a return to the big leagues. Gavin Sheets and Jake Burger share time at DH, and Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert should soon be returning from injury for the 58-38 White Sox.
When Mercedes officially retires, his MLB career will come to an end with a .270/.327/.402 line with seven home runs and 65 hits in 69 games.
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