White Sox rookie catcher Mercedes says he’s leaving baseball

FILE - In this April 18, 2021, file photo, Chicago White Sox's Yermin Mercedes swings at a pitch next to Boston Red Sox's Christian Vazquez during a baseball game in Boston. Mercedes, the surprising rookie who helped carry the White Sox with his booming bat early in the season and got sent to the minors following a prolonged slump, says he is stepping away from baseball. Mercedes announced his decision on Instagram on Wednesday, July 21.

CHICAGO (AP) — Yermín Mercedes, the surprising rookie who helped carry the Chicago White Sox with his booming bat early in the season and got sent to the minors following a prolonged slump, says he is stepping away from baseball.

Mercedes announced his decision on Instagram on Wednesday. He posted an image of the words “it’s over.”

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