Chicago White Sox rookie Yermin Mercedes wrote in an Instagram post Wednesday night that he would “give up” baseball indefinitely while also apologizing to the team for not “accepting some of their decisions.”
Posts accompanied by a photo that reads “it’s over.”
“I would like to apologize to all those whom I have inadvertently offended as a result of immaturity such as members of the radio, television and press,” Mercedes wrote in its post. “To all the members of the team where I was on, I apologize for my failure as a human and for not accepting some of their decisions. I will be leaving baseball indefinitely. term.”
It’s not clear what decisions Mercedes referenced in its post.
Earlier on Wednesday, on its Instagram story, Mercedes posted “El Retiro” – or “retirement” – with a thinking emoji.
Mercedes, 28, won the AL League Player of the Week award to open the season and hit 0.415 with five hosts and 16 RBIs in 22 games in April, but then he met difficult. His batting average dropped to 0.271 before he was demoted to Triple-A Charlotte in early July.
The White Sox appeared to have caught off guard of Mercedes’ intentions on Wednesday night.
“The White Sox became aware of tonight’s Instagram post by Yermín Mercedes, who is currently on the active roster of our Class AAA team in Charlotte, NC,” the team said in a statement. “At this time, the White Sox has not received any official announcement from Yermín regarding his future plans.”
Manager Tony La Russa, who became aware of Mercedes’ post after the White Sox’s 7-2 loss to the Twins on Wednesday, said he would try to contact him.
“I understand that you’re in Triple-A, away from the big leagues, you can get emotional,” La Russa said. “Don’t know more than that. Will contact him. Maybe just a bit of a disappointment. I’ll try to explain to him that he has a big future in the league.”
Mercedes carried his emotions on his sleeve, playing with swagger like an older rookie, but he was the subject of controversy in May when La Russa criticized him for turn on the 3-0 throw late in a brilliant victory before Minnesota Twins; Mercedes replied that he would not change. He’s self-indulgent towards the White Sox fans after forming the team while remaining Eloy Jimenez injured during spring training. A local eatery even named a hamburger after him: “Yerminator”.
Mercedes had problems other than swinging the racquet at 3-0. He was benched for a game in early May for being late to the field, and he expressed disappointment after being sent off to the underage kids.
“He was a talented guy,” La Russa said. “He has earned his spot on the list. Then he earned all those bats. And he came across what usually happens with rookies. There were a lot of videos and tapes, and they started tuning. You have to learn how to adjust back. I know the shots he shows early – his head is on the ball and he’s not too big – he can make those adjustments and he can be successful in the big leagues. ”