July 29, 2021

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White Sox’s Tony La Russa talks to Yermin Mercedes about post IG “it’s over”

White Sox manager Tony La Russa said Wednesday he will try to change Yermin Mercedes’ mind about quitting baseball.

La Russa told reporters that Mercedes may have been “frustrated” when she wrote on Instagram that she was walking away from the game “indefinitely.” La Russa boasted that Mercedes has said several times that the two men are close.

“He knows I’m a supporter of him. So I’ll contact him and see what’s going on, ”La Russa said, according to MLB.com White Sox reporter Scott Merkin. La Russa also said he will try to convince Mercedes that he still has a future as a Major League player.

Mercedes made its announcement less than three months after becoming an MLB sensation as a rookie. He wrote in the IG post “it’s over” in English, followed by an emotional message in Spanish. He thanked his family and agent for their support and then apologized to the media and teams for “immaturity” and “people failing”.

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On Wednesday afternoon, she posted a thinking emoji and a phrase in Spanish referring to retirement on her Instagram story.

Mercedes has been playing Triple-A Charlotte since it was optioned for minors on July 2. He was expelled amid a long joke crisis that many fans and media have accused La Russa. The 28-year-old DH / catcher cut .128 / .209 / .154 in his last 23 games before relegation.

La Russa’s blame comes from the manager who publicly criticized Mercedes on May 18 for swinging on a 3-0 shot in the ninth inning of a resounding win over the Twins the previous night. Mercedes hit the field, a 47 mph floater from position player Willians Astudillo.

Mercedes did not apologize after the game. This did not please La Russa, who made his thoughts public the following afternoon.

“I heard he said something like, ‘I’m playing my game.’ No, he doesn’t, “La Russa said, according to Merkin.” Play the game of Major League Baseball, respect the game, respect the opponents. And he has to respect the signs. When he gets Take’s signal, he takes. “

“I just think Yermin was locked up,” La Russa also said. “He and Astudillo know each other from different competitions. He was locked up and [thinking], ‘I have to take it, I have to take it.’ “

La Russa added that the twins, who were furious with the Mercedes, knew the manager “was upset”.

That night, Minnesota reliever Tyler Duffey hit Mercedes in the leg with a fastball. The referees sent off Duffey after conferring on the field. La Russa seemed to take the side of the twins in his post-match comments to reporters.

“I have no problem with the way the twins handled it,” he said.


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