I absolve Yermín Mercedes, not Tony La Russa

1. Yermin Mercedes He said “it’s over.” He threw in the towel and then backed off. He had announced his indefinite retirement from baseball. Rushed and questionable decision, even if you have your reason to be upset. And it is that the weapons are not delivered to the enemy. He raises his head and keeps fighting, no matter that his demotion to triple-A-Charlotte, around 20 days ago, meant a gigantic setback after being the sensation of the majors in April, when he won the rookie award. of the Month and averaged above .400. Manager Tony La Russa kept his word. Adhering to the game’s old codes of conduct, he said there would be consequences for Mercedes’ home run to Minnesota Twins infielder Williams Astudillo in a disproportionate scoring game. And there were. At the time, many of us believed that they were exaggerations by La Russa, but it was not like that.

2. TO THE MANAGER AND MEMBER of the Cooperstown Hall of Fame and second most victorious helmsman in MLB history (2,786), then his pulse did not tremble to publicly expose his disciple. It is impossible to verify if this was the true cause, but from that fateful swing, Mercedes was turned off. This is demonstrated by his offensive line of .162 / .236 / .207, (18 in 111 at-bats). With such numbers, La Russa had in his hands the arguments to finish throwing him off the cliff, making it clear that with him, yes or yes, the unwritten rules of baseball are respected. The fall was so traumatic that Mercedes wrote a heartbreaking It’s over on a black background on Instagram, a publication that he subsequently deleted from his account. Thus, the man who spent 10 seasons in the minors and made his MLB debut at the rare age of 28, handed over his weapons.