Too much to start hot.
On Friday, the White Sox struggled newcomer Jermin Mercedes to the Triple-A Charlotte. After hitting a historic .415 in April, Mercedes lost its position as the team’s main striker, hitting .221 in May and .159 in June.
Mercedes took the league by storm in April and became the first player since at least 1900 to start the season with eight hits and win the American League’s newest rookie of the month. Since then, Mercedes has dropped its average hit speed to .271, down from an average of .196 / .264 / .272 over the past two months.
The 28-year-old appeared to be having an affair with White Sox manager Tony La Russa after the May 19 incident in Minnesota. In the ninth minute of the win in Chicago, Mercedes went in to hit the top with position player Willian Astudillo. With a score of 3-0, Mercedes moved at 47 miles and started the field 429 feet from the center to run home.
The decision to expel Mercedes angered La Russa, who criticized his player for violating the “unwritten rules” of baseball.
“It’s a big mistake,” La Russa said after the game. “It’s a fresh start and exciting, it helps to explain why he’s just careless. But now he has advice.
“I’m disappointed because it’s not time to swing to 3-0. I knew the Twins knew I was upset. … He missed the 3-0 acceptance mark. With such leadership, it’s just a matter of sportsmanship and respect for the opponent. ”
Since then, Mercedes has only hit the .150.
“I play like that, I’m Yermin,” Mercedes said at the time. “I can’t be another person because if I change him, everything will change. … We just enjoy it. It’s baseball. ”
After spending nine seasons in the minor leagues, Mercedes made its first league debut last year, hitting one with a chimpanzee. He first signed with the Nationals in 2011 as an international free agent outside the Dominican Republic.