Chicago White Sox the new Yermin Mercedes has decided to retire from baseball.
The 28-year-old’s surprise announcement comes after he was reduced to Triple-A. Mercedes made the announcement via Instagram Wednesday.
However, according to James Fegan of Athletic, the White Doctors have yet to receive official word of Mercedes ’decision.
Mercedes has been one of the biggest baseball players through the first few weeks of the 2021 season. After hitting .415 / .455 / .659 until the end of April with five home games and 34 hits in 22 games, it is was named AL Rookie of the Month.
However, his downfall came soon after. In May, he shot .221 / .292 / .326 with two touchdowns in 28 games. During that time, White Sox director Tony La Russa he snatched Mercedes for making a home run with a 3-0 lead from a position player thrown into an operating victory.
Last month, Mercedes fights hit a new low, with the Dominican native defeating .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 road back to the big leagues. Gavin Sheets and Jake Burger shared time in DH, and Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert are due to return soon from injury for the 58-38 White Sox.
If Mercedes officially calls it that, his MLB career will come to an end with a .270 / .327 / .402 lineup with seven home runs and 65 hits in 69 games.