CHICAGO — Yermin Mercedes, who captured the hearts of White Sox fans this year, has apparently retired from baseball.
In a post on his Instagram Wednesday night, Mercedes, 28, wrote “It’s over” and said he has “walked away from baseball for awhile.”
Originally selected by the White Sox in the 2017 Rule 5 draft, Mercedes gained the nickname as “The Yerminator” after his blistering hot start at the plate. Within 37 games, he had an OPS of .981 and 25 RBI.
He made news when manager Tony La Russa scolded him via the press after Mercedes hit a home run in a blow out game with a 3-0 count.
“I’m going to play like that. I’m Yermin. I can’t be another person because if I change it, everything’s going to change,” Mercedes said at the time. “Everything was good. Some of my teammates was telling me, ‘just be relaxed, everything was good. Just do you.’”
He cooled off and was sent down to Triple-A Charlotte, where he continued to hit to the tune of .309/.377/.655.
Mercedes has over 450,000 followers on Instagram, where fans are shocked at the announcement.