White Sox supervisor Tony La Russa mentioned Wednesday that he’ll attempt to change Yermin Mercedes’ thoughts about quitting baseball.
La Russa informed reporters Mercedes could 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 mentioned 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 mentioned, per MLB.com White Sox reporter Scott Merkin. La Russa additionally mentioned that he’ll attempt to persuade Mercedes he nonetheless has a future as a significant league participant.
Mercedes made his announcement lower than three months after he turned an MLB sensation as a rookie. He wrote within the IG put up “it is over” in English, adopted by an emotional message in Spanish. He thanked his household and his agent for his or her help after which apologized to media and groups for “immaturity” and “failing folks.”
Wednesday afternoon, he posted to his Instagram story a considering 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 Could 18 for swinging at a 3-0 pitch within the ninth inning of a blowout win over the Twins the earlier night time. 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 mentioned one thing like, ‘I play my recreation.’ No, he does not,” La Russa mentioned, per Merkin. “He performs the sport of Main League Baseball, respects the sport, respects the opponents. And he is bought to respect the indicators. When he will get the take signal, he takes.”
“I simply assume that Yermin was locked in,” La Russa additionally mentioned. “He and Astudillo, they know one another from totally different competitions. He was locked in and [thinking], ‘I’ve bought to get him, I’ve bought to get him.'”
La Russa added that the Twins, who had been furious with Mercedes, knew that the supervisor “was upset.”
That night time, 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’ facet in his postgame feedback to reporters.
“I haven’t got an issue with how the Twins dealt with that,” he mentioned.