How old is Yermin Mercedes?
Mercedes was one of the biggest stories of the early weeks of the 2021 season. The 28-year-old batted . 415/. 455/. CBS sports.comWhite Sox rookie Yermín Mercedes says he's leaving baseball after demotion: 'It's over'
22 July, 2021 - 08:41pm
Yermin Mercedes is in uniform for the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, a day after hinting at retirement in an Instagram post.
Mercedes, who exploded onto the scene in April before struggling and being demoted at the beginning of this month, offered an apology for undisclosed acts of "immaturity" and said he may retire Wednesday.
Mercedes has since deleted the original post and said in another Thursday he will "never give up" on attempting to live out his MLB dream.
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White Sox manager Tony La Russa said he planned on reaching out to Mercedes after hearing of his frustration.
Mercedes hit .415 with five home runs and 16 RBI in the month of April, emerging as a potential Rookie of the Year candidate, before his struggles led to him being sent down to Triple-A Charlotte.
La Russa had criticized Mercedes for ignoring a take sign and swinging at a 3-0 pitch for a home run in a blowout victory over the Oakland Athletics in May and benched him later that month for showing up late to the ballpark.
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22 July, 2021 - 04:08pm
The 28-year-old announced he will return to the diamond in an Instagram post on Thursday. He could take the field later Thursday evening for the Charlotte Knights, the White Sox's Triple-A affiliate.
“I will never give up,” Mercedes wrote. “I lasted 10 years in the minor leagues. My dream is to be a player established in the big leagues."
White Sox manager Tony La Russa indicated Wednesday he did not expect Mercedes to remain retired despite the abrupt announcement. La Russa said he would reach out to Mercedes, adding "it could be just a little frustration."
Chicago enters Thursday night leading the AL Central at 58–38.