Chicago White Sox catcher Yermín Mercedes has announced that he is quitting baseball.
Mercedes posted a message on Instagram, saying: “it’s over,” on Wednesday. The message was written in a large white font on a black background.
“First I want to thank God for giving me life to the fans that without them I was nothing,” Mercedes captioned the post, per a Chicago Sun-Times translation.
Through his post, Mercedes also apologized for his “immaturity” and for not being able to accept some of his team’s “decisions.” It was unclear what he meant by these.
“I want to apologize to all those who I inadvertently offended as a consequence of my immaturity like members of the radio, television, and press,” Mercedes wrote. “To all the team’s members where I was involved with, I’m sorry for failing as a human being and for not accepting some of their decisions. I’m stepping aside from baseball indefinitely. I walk away from baseball for a while God bless you. It’s over.”
The White Sox said in a statement that they had not received Mercedes retirement papers.
“The White Sox are aware of tonight’s Instagram post by Yermín Mercedes, who is currently on the active roster of our Class AAA team in Charlotte, NC,” the team said.