White Sox designated hitter / catcher Yermin Mercedes announced on Instagram tonight that he is stepping away 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 great development for a player whose breakout performance was one of the biggest stories of the early 2021 season. Mercedes started the season as the White Sox ‘designated hitter and went 8-for-8 to begin the year. Mercedes fought .368 / .417 / .571 through the first 38 games of the season, but he followed it up with a .150 / .220 / .196 across his next 118 appearances.
The White Sox selected Mercedes for Triple-A Charlotte back on July 2, and he has been through minor league pitching since then. In 14 games and 61 appearances, he plays .309 / .377 / .655 with four home runs, five doubles and one triple.
Despite Mercedes’ post tonight, the White Sox say they have not received any 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 list of our Class AAA teams in Charlotte. At this time, the White Sox have not received any official announcement from Yermín about his future plans. ”