July 25, 2021

Chicago White Sox catcher Yermín Mercedes Retires (South Side Sox)

Yermín Mercedes, who stormed out of the gate this season and took over baseball in April in timeless fashion, retired from baseball tonight, in decidedly 2020s fashion.

After flying out in his first at-bat, then grounding out to the pitcher in his second, Mercedes was pinch-hit for by fellow catcher Nate Nolan in the sixth inning of Triple-A Charlotte’s loss tonight. Later, his Instagram account posted this message:

I am uncertain if this is just Yermín struggling to communicate in English during a difficult moment, or some odd translation, but surely something does not feel right about this impulsive decision, particularly when referencing his “immaturity.” Publicly, the White Sox have been supportive of Mercedes, and the catcher was hitting .309/.377/.655 after his demotion earlier in the month.

Reaction to this news, which had been preceded earlier today with an Instagram post (presumably, pregame) where Yermín indicated he was contemplating retirement. The truncated nature of his “retirado?” post made it seem perhaps like more of a goof or joke.

Whether Mercedes literally announced his…

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