White Sox supervisor Tony La Russa stated Wednesday that he’ll attempt to change Yermin Mercedes’ thoughts about quitting baseball.
La Russa advised reporters Mercedes might have simply been “pissed off” when he wrote on Instagram that he was stepping away from the sport “indefinitely.” La Russa boasted that Mercedes has stated a number of instances that the 2 males are shut.
“He is aware of I am a supporter of his. So I am going to attain out to him and see what is going on on,” La Russa stated, per MLB.com White Sox reporter Scott Merkin. La Russa additionally stated that he’ll attempt to persuade Mercedes he nonetheless has a future as a serious league participant.
Mercedes made his announcement lower than three months after he grew to become an MLB sensation as a rookie. He wrote within the IG publish “it is over” in English, adopted by an emotional message in Spanish. He thanked his household and his agent for his or her assist after which apologized to media and groups for “immaturity” and “failing individuals.”
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Wednesday afternoon, he posted to his Instagram story a pondering emoji and a phrase in Spanish referring to retirement.
Mercedes has been enjoying at Triple-A Charlotte since being optioned to the minors July 2. He was despatched down amid a prolonged batting hunch that many followers and media blamed on La Russa. The 28-year-old DH/catcher slashed .128/.209/.154 in his final 23 video games earlier than the demotion.
The blame on La Russa comes from the supervisor publicly criticizing Mercedes on Might 18 for swinging at a 3-0 pitch within the ninth inning of a blowout win over the Twins the earlier evening. Mercedes homered on the pitch, a 47 mph floater from place participant Willians Astudillo.
Mercedes was unapologetic after the sport. That did not sit properly with La Russa, who went public together with his ideas the following afternoon.
“I heard he stated one thing like, ‘I play my recreation.’ No, he would not,” La Russa stated, per Merkin. “He performs the sport of Main League Baseball, respects the sport, respects the opponents. And he is obtained to respect the indicators. When he will get the take signal, he takes.”
“I simply assume that Yermin was locked in,” La Russa additionally stated. “He and Astudillo, they know one another from totally different competitions. He was locked in and [thinking], ‘I’ve obtained to get him, I’ve obtained to get him.'”
La Russa added that the Twins, who had been furious with Mercedes, knew that the supervisor “was upset.”
That evening, Minnesota reliever Tyler Duffey hit Mercedes within the leg with a fastball. Umpires ejected Duffey after they conferred on the sector. La Russa appeared to take the Twins’ aspect in his postgame feedback to reporters.
“I haven’t got an issue with how the Twins dealt with that,” he stated.