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White Sox designated hitter/catcher Yermin Mercedes announced on Instagram tonight that he will retire from baseball “indefinitely”. The 28-year-old thanked his family, agent Daniel Szew and his former teammates before concluding his post with the words: “It’s over.”
It’s a stunning development for a player whose breakthrough performance was one of the biggest storylines of the early 2021 season. Mercedes started the season as the White Sox’s designated hitter, going 8-for-8 to start the year. Mercedes batted .368/.417/.571 through the first 38 games of the season, but followed that up with a .150/.220/.196 in his next 118 at bats.
The White Sox Mercedes chose Triple-A Charlotte on July 2, and he’s been tearing through minor league pitching ever since. In 14 games and 61 at bats, he hits .309/.377/.655 with four homeruns, five doubles and a triple.
Despite Mercedes’ mail tonight, the White Sox say they have received no formal indication from the player himself. The team released the following statement:
“The White Sox are aware of tonight’s Instagram post by Yermín Mercedes, who is currently on the active roster of our Class AAA team in Charlotte. At this time, the White Sox have not received any official notification from Yermín about his future plans.”
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